A new think tank in town MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with professor Kelly Cain, the head of the new St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development.8:25 a.m.
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Pentagon Ready to Call Guard for Second Iraq Tour
The Pentagon is ready to notify National Guard brigades to prepare again for duty in Iraq. Some 12,000 troops are scheduled to be deployed to Iraq early next year. This would be the first time that full Guard combat brigades have been sent to Iraq for a second tour.
Where the Ganges Meets the Sea, a Journey Ends
Our Ganges journey ends on Sagar Island, where the river meets the sea. Once a year, millions of Hindus come here to worship the river and to toss coins into its waters. It's a spot where the income gap between rural and urban India is evident.
Rhode Island Considers Foster Care Cutbacks
A budget crisis in Rhode Island has forced the state to contemplate difficult cuts, including services meant to ease the transition of foster kids who have "aged out" of the system.
Fast-Growing Nevada Town Seeks Neighbor's Water
A water dispute is causing tension between the Southwestern towns of Beaver Dam, Ariz., and Mesquite, Nev. Residents in Beaver Dam are upset over a plan to export the town's remaining water supply across state lines to fuel a development boom in Mesquite.
Dean Veteran Drives John Edward's Web Strategy
Matthew Gross, who worked on Howard Dean's groundbreaking presidential Web campaign in 2004, now works for John Edwards. Gross is putting Edwards all over the Web, especially in popular social networking sites like MySpace and FaceBook.
Kerkorian Chrysler Bid May Be First of Several
Investor Kirk Kerkorian has bid $4.5 billion to buy the troubled automaker Chrysler from its German parent. At least two other investment groups have reportedly expressed interest in buying Chrysler. The Kerkorian offer would offer equity stakes to the United Auto Workers and senior Chrysler managers.
Houston Housing Market Shows Strength
The United States housing market continues to wobble this year. Sales are up one month and down the next. As economists, investors and others debate the future of housing, one region where it remains brisk is Houston, Texas.
Disney Welcomes Gay Marriage Ceremonies
The Walt Disney Company says it will allow same-sex couples to participate in its "Fairy Tale Wedding" program. For the first time gay marriages can take place inside Disney theme parks.
Fundraising Success Adds to Interest in Obama
Propelled by news of his fundraising success, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) made four campaign stops Thursday in Iowa. He has raised $25 million in the first three months of the year to fund his bid for the White House. That's only $1 million less than his main rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY).