Minneapolis children's book author taps into the Mississippi
The power and mystery of the Mississippi river is the inspiration for a new childrens book by author Joe Helgerson. "Horns and Wrinkles", dwells on the magic of the Mississippi. For Helgerson, who is based in Minneapolis, the river is full of stories.6:50 a.m.
Rodriguez's sister testifies about brother's childhood molestation
Defense witnesses in the Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr., trial presented a bleak picture of his childhood. Rodriguez's older sister says he was molested as a child and the family lived in poverty. A federal jury convicted Rodriguez of kidnapping and killing college student Dru Sjodin. The jury must now decide if he will spend life in prison without parole or be executed by lethal injection.7:20 a.m.
Minneapolis goes green to save green The buildings we live and work in consume a lot of energy. When the buildings are owned by government, taxpayers end up footing the utility bill. Minneapolis officials have signed on to a plan which commits them to dramatic energy savings in new public buildings.7:24 a.m.
St. Paul City Council increases tax levy for more cops
Money is on the minds of the city council in St. Paul in the form of property taxes. The council voted Wednesday to increase the city's share of property taxes next year, but to keep the growth at no more than 9.9 percent. The plan would produce nearly one million dollars more in tax revenue than Mayor Chris Coleman has proposed. Council members say they want the extra money to be used only for public safety.7:55 a.m.
Iran, U.S. in Delicate Nuclear Negotiations Dance
The U.S. wants Iran to stop its uranium enrichment program. So far, Iran has publicly refused to consider changes to its nuclear program. But now the country is hinting that there may be room for negotiation, after all.
South Korean President Visits White House
President Bush and his South Korean counterpart Roh Moo-hyun meet today at the White House. The two presidents have differences on a variety of issues, including North Korea and its nuclear program. Trade is another hot topic in a relationship that analysts say is souring.
Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards Dies at 73
Ann Richards, a former Democratic Texas governor and a pioneering woman in Texas politics, died Wednesday after a battle with esophageal cancer. She was 73. Richards is remembered for her saucy, down-to-earth wit and her determination to make government more inclusive.
Letters: Sept. 11 Coverage
This week, listeners wrote in to say how moved they were by Monique Ferrer's StoryCorps remembrance of her ex-husband, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Listeners also expressed their displeasure with the timing of our series on Muslims in America.
U.N. Puts Spotlight on Global Immigration
The U.N. opens its first-ever session on world migration trends. The number of people migrating all over the globe is growing. The U.N. will hear from various countries about border control and immigration tensions.
Chi Runners Poised for Softer Landings
Putting one foot in front of the other comes easily. But saving your joints from hard landings is another matter. A new technique, using the principles of t'ai chi, may help some runners save their joints.
Go the Distance with a Well-Fitted or High-Tech Shoe
If you are a runner who wants to push yourself harder, Nike and Apple have released a sports shoe that provides instant feedback. But as one sports store owner says, there is still no substitute for a well-fitted shoe.
Chicago Politicians Clash on Minimum Wage
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently vetoed an ordinance that would have required big-box retailers to provide workers with a higher minimum wage. On Wednesday, the city council tried, but failed, to override his veto.
Copper Thieves Wreak Havoc Across Communities
There's a new hot commodity for thieves: copper. They're sneaking onto job sites and breaking into buildings to strip them of copper pipes and wire to sell for scrap. It's all because the price of the metal has been rising.
Google Set to Tackle World's Ills
Google, one of the few companies to become a verb, has done everything from Web search to maps. Now it plans to reduce poverty and global warming. The company is starting Google.org, with about $1 billion in seed money.