Big Stone power plant expansion gets green light The proposed Big Stone II coal-fired power plant cleared an important hurdle Wednesday. Two Minnesota administrative law judges gave a favorable recommendation to a power line project needed for the plant. Environmental groups oppose Big Stone II, saying it will contribute to global warming.6:50 a.m.
Farm vehicles can be tough on rural roads and bridges As Minnesotans have increasingly learned over the last two weeks, a major factor in the deterioration of roads and bridges is vehicle traffic and its weight. And one class of vehicles travels most of the state without any weight restrictions: farm vehicles.6:55 a.m.
Historians ponder how to document the bridge collapse One part of the 35W bridge collapse story that is quietly proceeding is how to best chronicle, and remember, this event. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Matt Anderson, a curator with the Minnesota Historical Society.7:25 a.m.
Songs from Scratch: What's this all about? Minnesota Public Radio has a new project that explores the creative process, and you have a chance to participate. We want to find out what happens when you ask a bunch of people to each compose a song using the same lyrics.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Engineers in New Orleans Test Levees
The Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans are simulating hurricane conditions that caused levees to fail two years ago in order to test whether dozens of new pumps in two of the city's canals can hold back a storm surge.
New Orleans Home Owners Challenge Assessments
Aug. 15 was the last day for property owners in New Orleans to contest assessments in person at City Hall. The offices were jammed and an effort to extend the deadline was rebuffed.
Hundreds Dead After Peru Earthquake
An earthquake in Peru kills more than 300 people. The 7.9 magnitude quake struck near Ica, on the coast, and shook Peru's capital, Lima, for more than a minute. It also produced a small tsunami.
Pakistan's Media Raises Its Voice
Recent news out of Pakistan tells of a country at extremes ranging from a bloody siege at the Red Mosque to a growing democracy movement. A newly emboldened media is reporting more of it than before.
Federal Cuts Prompt L.A. Hospital to Close
The Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles is being forced to close its doors after the federal government cut funding because of lapses in care. The shutdown means thousands of patients will be re-routed.
Parents Fight for Autism Insurance Coverage
Insurance for autism therapies and treatment is limited in many areas. But a growing number of states are mandating more complete coverage. In South Carolina, a small group of parents got big results.
It's Easy to Miss the Memo on Product Recalls
Even with the latest buzz surrounding product recalls, it can be difficult to stay updated on what has been cleared off the shelves. One Baltimore art student missed a contact-solution recall announcement — and found out about it the hard way.
Main South Korean Stock Index Plunges
The main stock indexes in Japan and China closed around 2 percent lower. South Korea's benchmark index suffered its biggest decline in more than five years, falling nearly 7 percent.
Mortgage Loans Increasingly Difficult to Acquire
The latest scare in the financial markets was set off by worries that the largest U.S. mortgage lender could face bankruptcy. It's getting harder for everyone to acquire home loans because lenders are seeing their own lines of credit drying up.
Toy Industry Moves to Ensure Product Integrity
Mattel, the world's largest toymaker, had a reputation for a strong quality-assurance program in China. With many Christmas orders already in the pipeline, manufacturers and suppliers are scrambling to ensure the integrity of their products.