Commentator hopes to avoid convention chaos The Olympics are in full swing. Then comes the State Fair, followed by the grand finale of this summer in Minnesota - the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Commentator Peter Smith is hoping for a finale without fireworks.6:55 a.m.
Zenn and the art of electric cars With the price of gas this summer, many people are looking for alternative ways to get around. One of those alternatives is electric cars. Ian Clifford, the founder and CEO of Zenn Motor Company, is in the Twin Cities Tuesday to talk with the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce. Clifford's Canadian company hopes to develop the next generation of electric cars.7:55 a.m.
Farmers could reap a record corn harvest The U.S. Agriculture Department says Minnesota farmers could harvest a record corn crop this fall. The USDA released its first detailed estimate today of the harvest outlook.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Internet Cartoon Pays Off For Kansas Candidate
First-time political candidate Sean Tevis has unwittingly struck fundraising gold with a stick-figure comic strip. His Web cartoon, a fundraising appeal in his bid for state lawmaker, attracted nationwide attention. He has raised nearly $100,000.
Indie Filmmakers: 'Chicken Little Was Right'
In the art-house movie biz, the sky really is falling, observers say. Studios are folding. The survivors are releasing fewer movies. Even film-festival favorites are finding it hard to find distribution deals.
Obama Campaign Hopes To Turn Red Virginia Blue
Virginia hasn't voted for a Democrat since 1964. But in recent years, it has elected back-to-back Democratic governors and a U.S. senator. A Democrat is favored to win this year's Senate race and Barack Obama's campaign thinks it can turn the state blue.
Russia Halts Attack, Sets Conditions For Georgia
Russian leader Dmitri Medvedev ordered a halt to military action in Georgia on Tuesday, saying on national television that the military had "punished" Georgia enough for its attack on South Ossetia. Earlier, Russian forces had moved into Georgia, with jets dropping bombs on the town of Gori, and there was no sign of a cease-fire.
French Thriller 'Tell No One' Gains Momentum In U.S. Tell No One is a French thriller that was a hit in Europe, but it had a hard time finding distribution in the United States. Now it's been out for some weeks, and its audience is growing through strong word-of-mouth.
Pioneers Of U.S.-China Relations Attend Olympics
Among the political luminaries attending the Beijing Olympics are Henry Kissinger and former President George H.W. Bush. Kissinger was a national security adviser for Richard Nixon who opened up U.S. relations with Communist China in the 1970s. Bush served as the senior U.S. diplomat in Beijing in the early days of U.S.-China relations.
Live From Beijing: Computer-Enhanced Fireworks
Millions of people thought they were watching live fireworks as part of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. It turns out, some of those vivid fireworks were computer graphics created by a team of hundreds of Chinese visual-effects specialists who worked nearly a year to pull it off.
A Photo Project's Message: Hello, Neighbor
If you're someone who thinks neighbors and neighborhoods aren't what they used to be, you aren't alone. A sense of community can be hard to come by, even in thriving areas. A public photography project in Oregon is meant to change that, with large banner portraits of residents.