A hot and muggy week
Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley and MPR Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner.6:55 a.m.
Guard family reunited Most of the 2,600 Minnesota National Guard soldiers who spent an extended tour in Iraq are settling back in at home. As part of our coverage of their deployment, we've been following the Inskeep family.7:20 a.m.
Film director Fredi Murer fulfills his childhood dreams When Fredi Murer was a boy, he dreamed of playing the piano like Mozart, doing math like Einstein, and flying like Icarus. None of it came true.
Now, 60 years later, Murer is a film director. His new film "Vitus" depicts how he wishes things could have been.7:50 a.m.
Vikings hold first training camp practice The Minnesota Vikings took the field Friday for their first training camp practice of the season, but their top two draft picks are missing. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Sean Jensen, who covers the Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.8:25 a.m.
Rescuers search for missing sewer workers Rescue workers are looking for two men who may have been swept from the St. Paul sewer system into the Mississippi River. The men were working with several other crew members on the city's sewers Thursday when a strong storm hit. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with interim St. Paul Fire Chief Bob Morrison.8:30 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
House Set to Vote on Farm Bill
A House vote is expected Friday on a wide-ranging farm bill. The $290 billion measure sets policy for the next five years on programs ranging from crop subsidies to food stamps.
Supermarkets Tout Fresh, Local Offerings
This summer has brought a rush in consumer demand for fresh, locally grown food. The number of farmers' markets has grown more than 50 percent in the past decade and supermarket chains are offering more local produce.
Critics Hit Chicago Public Housing Efforts
Chicago authorities say a $1.6 billion revamp of public housing is making life better for residents. But some say the Chicago Housing Authority's plan has left too many tenants in housing limbo.
Housing Slump, Tighter Credit Rattle Markets
The persistent housing slump and a tougher climate for borrowers are making stock investors increasingly nervous. All the major stock averages fell sharply Thursday and the selloff spread to global markets.
Children's Health Care Bill Loaded with Extras
In Congress, a bill aimed at supporting the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) has ballooned into a 400-page free-for-all. It now includes changes to the Medicare program for the elderly and the disabled, and a tax on tobacco.
Foreign Exchanges Slide After Dow's Drop
Sharp declines in U.S. financial markets continued Friday in Asia and Europe. Asian stock markets were down, with Japan's Nikkei losing and Hong Kong's main index losing more than 2 percent. Losses were even heavier in South Korea and Taiwan.
Port Strike Averted in Southern California
A strike has been averted at the nation's busiest port complex. Clerks at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have come to terms with their employers. Longshoremen had pledged to honor picket lines if the clerks walked off the job.
Can You Afford a Healthy Retirement?
As they approach retirement age, many people have no idea how much money they will need to support themselves — and they frequently underestimate the cost of health insurance that they'll need to supplement Medicare.