Fate of 20 Minn. charter schools at risk as sponsor deadline nears The leaders of 20 charter schools across Minnesota are wondering if next week might be their last in business. They all had to find new sponsors this year, but the switch to a new sponsor still hasn't earned final approval from the state education department.6:20 a.m.
Rare book show opens Friday in Twin Cities Pat Coleman, the acquisitions librarian for the Minnesota Historical Society, speaks with Cathy Wurzer about the Twin Cities Antiquarian and Rare Book Show. It opens Friday night at the state fairgrounds.6:25 a.m.
Judge Gearin: No ruling this week on shutdown case State officials and special interest groups appeared in court Thursday to describe which services should be deemed essential and what kind of court intervention is appropriate if the government shuts down on July 1.6:50 a.m.
Climatologist explains a cold and wet June so far MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about recent heavy rains in many parts of the state, and he tells her why recent June temperatures have been below normal.6:55 a.m.
Death, dying, Facebook, and the Internet When someone dies, their presence on Facebook or a blog doesn't always reflect their passing. There's often a disconnect between the physical and digital world. A conference in England this weekend aims to explore that.8:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Foreclosed Homes Wait In 'Shadows' To Go On Sale
The law of supply and demand has been crushing home prices for years now, and it's still not getting better. Since fewer people are buying, several million houses are waiting in a long line to be put back on the market, an effect economists refer to as a housing shadow inventory.
Obama: We Need More Manufacturing Jobs
The president is in Pittsburgh Friday, talking about how the U.S. needs good manufacturing jobs. He will promote a program to remove roadblocks to small- and medium-sized factories.
The Bulgers: A Tale Of Two Brothers
Observers say alleged mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's ascent was mirrored by his brother Billy's political career. While Whitey was in hiding from the law for 16 years, Billy's influence weakened.
A View Of 'Whitey' Bulger From A Crime Novelist
Dennis Lehane, who's from Boston and whose novels are based there, says the mob boss' life story was an everyday part of the city. Lehane, for example, bought his first illegal liquor at Whitey's store.
Rise Of Indigenous Actress Marks Change In Peru
Indigenous Peruvian actress Magaly Solier's rise to international stardom represents a larger cultural shift in Peru, a country that has long been run by a small elite despite indigenous people making up more than half of the population.
Troop Drawdown Could Influence 2012 Election
During the last presidential campaign, the war in Iraq was the most important foreign issue. Now that President Obama has pulled combat troops out of Iraq, another campaign season is here, and Afghanistan has the spotlight. How will the plan Obama announced this week for a troop drawdown influence the presidential race?
U.S. Troop Drawdown Shouldn't Hurt Aid Work
The U.S. Agency for International Development is going to have to do more with less as it faces serious budget cuts. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah talks to Renee Montagne about what the troop drawdown in Afghanistan will mean for U.S. assistance for Afghanistan.
FTC To Monitor Google's Business Practices
Internet giant Google is under scrutiny from a growing number of federal and state regulators for alleged anti-competitive business practices. The Federal Trade Commission will soon to launch a formal anti-trust investigation, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Obama Releases Oil Reserves To Counter Lost Crude
The Obama administration announced it will release 30 million barrels from the nation's strategic petroleum reserve. The move was coordinated with members of the International Energy Agency to offset supply disruptions from Libya's civil war.
China Hopes To Stand Out At Paris Air Show
China is making its presence known at this year's Paris Air Show. It is the premier event for those who make and buy aircraft. China is there as one of the world's largest purchasers of jetliners, and it is also trying to make its mark as a plane manufacturer.