Politics on a stick: candidates at the fair The three major party candidates for governor plan to spend a lot of time at the Minnesota State Fair over the next 10 days, even though some people aren't paying much attention to the campaign yet.6:50 a.m.
Foreclosures hit Brooklyn Park especially hard In the north metro suburb of Brooklyn Park, the foreclosure crisis has hit both older neighborhoods and newer developments. As the problems have rippled out from the urban core, Brooklyn Park, with more than 70,000 people, has suffered one of the highest foreclosure rates in the metro.7:20 a.m.
Local bands rock the fair David Campbell, host of "The Local Show" on 89.3 The Current, previews some of the hot Minnesota bands that will perform at the state fair this year.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
New Orleans May Still Be Vulnerable To Major Storm
In the five years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, billions of dollars have been spent to protect the city. Once the upgrades to the city's flood protection system are complete next year, officials say New Orleans will be protected against a 100-year storm event. But some say it doesn't protect the city from a huge hurricane.
Musician Isn't Too Blue Over Katrina's Damage
In Mississippi, it was Hurricane Katrina's winds that caused major damage. After the storm hit, Morning Edition heard from blues musician Vasti Jackson, whose rehearsal studio was crushed by a tree.
Astronomers Identify Two New Solar Systems
One of the new systems has two planets; the other has as many as seven. Though these planets aren't the type that can support life, scientists say detecting planets that can is looking very likely.
Has FEMA Recovered From Hurricane Katrina?
Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent humanitarian disaster in New Orleans focused an uncomfortable spotlight on FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA became a lighting rod for criticism of the government's lackluster response to the disaster. Five years later, FEMA has undergone some changes.
'L.A. Times' Teacher Ratings Database Stirs Debate
The Los Angeles Times has promised to release the names of elementary teachers in Los Angeles, along with data showing how much their students improved on standardized tests. Reporters say the intent is to help parents measure teacher effectiveness, but the database has sparked a national debate on how to evaluate teachers.
Boeing Delays Dreamliner Test Again
The next-generation passenger aircraft -- the 787 Dreamliner -- has had another setback. The Boeing Co. hoped to make its first delivery to a customer later this year, but the company said it won't happen until next year. The Dreamliner already is three years behind schedule.
Fed Speech May Offer Ideas To Revive Economy
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver what's being billed as an important address about the troubled U.S. economy Friday. He'll do so at the annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Growth has slowed this summer and the unemployment rate is stalled at 9.5 percent.
FAA Seeks $24.2 Million Penalty From American
American Airlines is facing the largest fine ever proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration -- more than $24 million over maintenance lapses that caused thousands of canceled flights in 2008. American says it plans to challenge the fine.
Facebook Sues Illinois Company Over Name
Facebook has its lawyers on the offensive chasing down companies with names that end in the word "book." The social networking site forced an upstart called Placebook to change its name. Now it's suing a company called Teachbook, a Web community for teachers.