Cities scrape for dollars, even in police budgets As city officials try to reach agreement on how much money to spend, how much to tax and how much to guess they will receive from the state the fall, a lot of attention focuses on police and public safety.7:25 a.m.
Favre leads Vikes back to New Orleans The Minnesota Vikings are back in the belly of the beast tonight, the New Orlean's Superdome. That's where last season ended with a tough loss to the Saints, just one win short of the Super Bowl. Despite getting pummeled in that game, 40-year-old quarterback Brett Favre had an outstanding season last year, and is back with the goal to lead Minnesota to its first Super Bowl victory ever.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Ohio Residents Want More Than Obama's Words
President Obama traveled to Cleveland Wednesday to rebut GOP complaints about his economic program and to look ahead. More than one in 10 Ohio residents is looking for work. One resident said he didn't know if speeches is what reassures him -- he wants results. But right now, speeches may be the only weapon Obama has.
DNC Chairman Kaine Kicks Off Fall Campaign
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine traveled to Pennsylvania Wednesday to preview the Democrats fall campaign message. Candidate Obama brought millions of new voters to the polls in 2008. Now Democrats face the difficult task of getting enough of first time voters back to the polls.
Purple Hearts Elusive For Traumatic Brain Injuries NPR News/ProPublica Investigation: Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who have sustained mild traumatic brain injuries in Iraq, despite regulations that make such wounds eligible for the medal.
Vikings, Saints Open NFL Season In New Orleans
The NFL regular season gets underway Thursday night with the champion New Orleans Saints taking on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota outperformed the Saints in many categories in last season's NFC championship game.
Mixed Reaction To Obama's Business Tax-Break Plan
Some think the proposal will be another Cash-for-Clunkers-style tax break that probably won't have much of a long-term impact. But others are more enthusiastic about the plan to allow U.S. companies to write off all investments through 2011.
Did Sleaze Bring Preppy Back?
As New York Fashion Week gets underway, Linda Wertheimer talks to fashion writer and Barneys' creative director Simon Doonan about the resurgence of prep. A sequel to the 1980's The Official Preppy Handbook has just come out. And preppy clothes are being worn by everyone from Brooklyn hipsters to Palm Beach dowagers.
Fed Survey: Economy Lost Strength In Late Summer
A new report from the Federal Reserve provides the latest evidence that economic growth is continuing to slow down across much of the country. According to the Fed's Beige Book -- a compilation of data from across the U.S., there were "widespread signs" that economic growth slowed through the summer months.
Energy Assistance Program Is Low On Funds
A record number of people lined up in Washington D.C. last month to get a small discount on their gas and electric bills. The spike in need comes at a time when the federal program that pays to help keep the poor warm in the winter and cool in the summer is nearly out of money.
North Korea Turns To Phone Games For Income
In an attempt to generate some money in his impoverished nation, North Korea leader Kim Jong Il has turned to an unlikely source: mobile phone games. Bloomberg News reports that the Dear Leader is hoping the games will attract foreign investment, and build a more technologically skilled workforce.