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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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.
Rural Russia Left Barren by Economic Exodus
Economic collapse in Russia's countryside has prompted an exodus of young people, while many older inhabitants succumb to alcoholism and ill-health. Those left behind are struggling to survive, and to maintain some dignity.
U.N. Report: Climate Change Poses Bleak Future
A draft report released Friday warns that climate change could threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the decades to come. The international panel of scientists predicts drought and drying in many regions, including the American West.
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.
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.