August rainfall spotty around Minnesota MPR's Phil Picardi speaks with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about the places that have seen significant rainfall around Minnesota in August. Seeley also gives an update on Hurricane Irene, which is bearing down on the East Coast.6:55 a.m.
A local music fan's guide to the Minnesota State Fair With the exception of the amateur talent contest and our own Garrison Keillor, it's all national acts playing the Grandstand at the State Fair this year. But there are plenty of opportunities to catch local music at the fair. And if you don't count the cost of admission to the fairgrounds, they're all free!8:25 a.m.
As Economy Teeters, All Eyes On Bernanke
The Federal Reserve chairman delivers a much-anticipated speech Friday morning on additional steps the Fed might take to shore up the economy. Some investors are hoping for another round of quantitative easing, but others warn that a solution can ultimately only be worked out by the president and congressional Republicans.
Perry's Presence Felt At Romney's N.H. Appearances
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has been meeting with voters in New Hampshire. At this week's town hall sessions, he's faced tough questions about climate change and the future of Medicare and Social Security. Romney downplayed new polls showing he is no longer the GOP presidential frontrunner, thanks to a surge by new candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Drought Puts Texas Ranchers, And Cattle, At Risk
At an East Texas auction, the animals look pitiful. They're standing in 107-degree heat with their ribs showing, stressed out. The heat — and lack of rain — has forced many ranchers to sell off their stock. Many will retire; and few young ranchers are ready to step in.
Female Golfing Phenom Seeks Titles, Recognition
World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan has been powering and smiling her way around golf courses — and making history. She has already done something that no one who has swung a golf club has done before: At the relatively tender age of 22, Tseng has won five major championships.
After 15 Months In Office Japan's Leader Steps Down
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his resignation on Friday. He held the top leadership position for 15 months. His popularity dropped after the government was criticized for its handling of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Kenneth Cukier, the Tokyo correspondent for The Economist, talks to David Greene bout the political situation in Japan.
Will Libyan Rebels Stay United After Gadhafi Is Gone?
The Libyan rebel government calls itself the Transitional National Council. Political scientist Ali Ahmida talks to Renee Montagne about whether the rebel's leadership will remain united once Moammar Gadhafi's regime is defeated. Ahmida is author of The Making of Modern Libya.
Gas Prices Rise, Dreamliner Waits For Approval
Oil refineries along the East Coast are battening down the hatches, as Hurricane Irene approaches. It could take weeks after the shutdown to bring production back to normal levels. At the same time, Boeing is waiting to receive the U.S. government's safety stamp of approval for its 787 Dreamliner passenger jet.
Patent Wars Could Dull Tech's Cutting Edge
Some call it an international patent arms race: Technology companies like Apple, Samsung, Nokia and Google are launching lawsuits over competing patent claims related to smartphones and tablets. The lawsuits could bring higher prices, and less innovation.
Swiss Dairies Feel Eurozone's Financial Problems
Swiss cheese is one of Switzerland's biggest exports, but dairies there are feeling squeezed by their neighbors' financial problems. One small dairy says its earnings per kilo have dropped nearly 30 percent compared to last year.