Minnesota weather talk with Mark Seeley Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about September tornadoes, finger-pointing at the National Weather Service, and historic rainfall in Kittson County.6:53 a.m.
6th District hopefuls debate The three candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 6th district offered distinctly different views and sharp exchanges on health care, taxes and the war in Iraq in a debate Thursday night.7:20 a.m.
MPR poll: Governor's race is close A new Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Political analysts say the race could hinge on which candidate sways the most undecided voters.7:24 a.m.
Ethanol makers search for cheaper raw material There could be a major change underway in how ethanol is made. Several companies want to start producing the alcohol fuel from plant fiber. Most ethanol now is made from corn. How likely is the transition to what's called cellulose ethanol?7:40 a.m.
Campaign managers talk strategy in the governor's race Three independent polls this week say the race for governor in Minnesota is essentially a dead heat between Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty and DFLer Mike Hatch. The top candidates' campaign managers talk about their strategy in the coming weeks.7:48 a.m.
When crime happens to you When crime really hits home, and you are facing a mugger or thief, what do you do? There are only two basic reactions: You can surrender and cooperate, or you can fight back.8:23 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Poll: Rural Voters Not So Reliably Republican
A new survey of a key voter group hints that Republicans may be losing some support ahead of the November elections. The study focused on rural voters -- people beyond cities and suburbs, where Republicans have found strong support in recent national elections.
The Sweetest Girl Takes on the World
Hasiyna Price and Danette Banks are friends, neighbors and cousins. They've been close ever since they can remember. In a visit to the StoryCorps booth in New York, the pair talked about how Price copes with scoliosis -- curvature of the spine -- especially when it comes to dealing with boys.
Extended Iraq Service Divides Army Families
The recent deaths of three soldiers from the Army Stryker Unit based in Baghdad has inflamed tensions among the families at the unit's home base in Alaska. Those tensions first became apparent a few weeks ago when its mission was unexpectedly extended by four months.
Researchers Say Gulf Hurricanes Added New Wetlands
A controversial new research paper in Science magazine says Hurricanes Katrina and Rita helped build new coastal wetlands. The report concludes that big storms -- rather than rivers -- are the main source of new material for the marshlands that help protect the coast.
'King's Men' a Masterful Retelling of an Old Favorite All the King's Men is a Hollywood remake that may be even better than its Oscar-winning predecessor of 1949. Sean Penn, Jude Law and Kate Winslet star in this wrenching tale of populist politics based loosely on the life of Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long.
U.S. Hopes to Wrest Golf's Ryder Cup from Europeans
Golf's Ryder Cup, a team competition between the U.S. and Europe, is under way in Ireland. It might well be golf's most nerve-wracking event. The last time it was played, American golfers suffered an embarrassing defeat.
Tensions Evident as U.S. and Pakistan Leaders Meet
President Bush and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf meet to discuss their alliance. The meeting comes just after public statements by Musharraf that the U.S. threatened Pakistan to gain its help in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Gaza Misery Growing Under Israeli Embargo, Attacks
The Israeli Army is continuing to use raids, air strikes and artillery to pound Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. An ongoing aid embargo has crushed the Gaza economy to subsistence levels, and Gaza security forces are suspected in a string of shootings, kidnapping and thefts.
Speed of Housing Downturn Surprises Homeowners
The real estate market has made a surprisingly quick downturn in some parts of the country. The change in direction has left many homeowners holding property they can't sell at the price they would like, or need, to get.