New Walker performing arts season dreams big The Walker Art Center announces its 2008-2009 performing arts season today. The season will start with a huge performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, which will perform "Ocean" in a quarry near St. Cloud.6:50 a.m.
Flood impact to last all summer In his weekly weather commentary, University of Minnesota meteorologist and climatologist Mark Seeley comments on a number of subjects including the recent flooding in several Midwestern states.6:55 a.m.
Attorney General goes after mortgage fraud The national mortgage fraud problem is especially acute in the Twin Cities. The FBI reports that dozens of fraud investigations are currently underway, and they label the Twin Cities as one of the 10 worst problem areas in the country.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iraqi Forces Target Sadr's Militias
In southern Iraq, Iraqi security forces have launched a fresh campaign against Shiite militias loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The troops met no resistance as they entered the city of Amara, a hub for smugglers bringing weapons in from Iran.
Level of Iranian Support for Ahmadinejad Uncertain
Looking ahead to Iran's presidential election in 2009, the big question is what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chances are of re-election. There are no extensive polls in Iran, but recent developments do provide some sense of the public mood.
Report: Israeli Military Drill Focuses on Iran
More than 100 Israeli fighter planes took part in a major military exercise earlier this month, The New York Times says. U.S. officials say the exercise appeared to be a rehearsal for a possible bombing attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
An E-Mail Vacation: Taking Fridays Off
Can you go a day at the office without e-mail? Employees at U.S. Cellular try to do that every Friday. A policy implemented a few years ago gives workers a respite from the e-mail avalanche.
Does E-Mail Curb Productivity?
Should employers re-examine the role of e-mail? One trend of thought is that overflowing e-mail can actually decrease workplace productivity. New York Times editor David Shipley, co-author of a book on e-mail, offers his insights.
Obama Puts Faith in Army of Individual Donors
Democrat Barack Obama will be the first candidate of either party ever to turn down public money for a presidential campaign. He's counting on Internet-driven strategies for raising cash. And that's changing the landscape for 2008 and beyond.
Denver School Tries Reinvention as Reform
Poor achievement and low attendance at Manual High School in Denver led the district to close its doors and open a year later. Closing Denver's oldest high school was not without controversy or protest. But administrators said starting fresh was the only fix.
'Get Smart': Still Inept, But in All the Wrong Ways
TV's beloved secret-agent spoof gets a big-screen update — but like its bumbling hero, the film is constantly trying to be something it's not. The result: an unfunny comedy spliced with an unexciting spy caper.
China to Trim Energy Subsidies
China's announcement that it will cut subsidies for energy prices produced two immediate results: oil prices on the global market fell $5 a barrel and prices at Chinese gas stations jumped about 18 percent. The move is aimed at curbing demand in a country with a booming economy that is sometimes blamed for a worldwide spike in oil prices.
High Court Bolsters Age-Bias Arguments
The Supreme Court is making it easier for older workers to win age-discrimination cases. Thursday, the court ruled that when a company harms older workers more than younger ones, it must show the action wasn't taken because of age.