Struggling cities turn off street lights to save money As the days get shorter, many people might take it for granted that city streetlights will burn longer.
But struggling with falling revenues and cuts in state aid, some Minnesota cities are turning off streetlights in selected areas.7:20 a.m.
Small businesses having harder time taking out loans Some small businesses are complaining that they're having a hard time getting the loans they need to maintain or expand their businesses. From June 2008 to March 2010, banks cut the small business loans on their books by about six percent, more than $40 billion.7:25 a.m.
Twins playoff matchups The Minnesota Twins are champions of the American League Central Division. With a week-and-a-half to go in the regular season, the Twins could finish with the best record in the American League. That would give them the home field advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The big question is who will they play in the first round which begins on October 6th.8:25 a.m.
Wolves to be protected on reservation An estimated 100 wolves live on the Red Lake Indian Reservation near Bemidji and tribal leaders want to protect them. So they've adopted a plan to manage the wolves and their habitat on the reservation.8:35 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Summers To Leave Obama's Economic Team
White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers will leave the Obama administration at the end of the year. He's the latest member of the president's economic inner circle to depart, and leaves the administration having to pick a new team of advisers at a time when confidence in the economic recovery remains in short supply.
Health Overhaul Hasn't Cured White House Ailments
This week marks six months since the health care law went into effect. On Wednesday, President Obama will tell Americans what benefits the law can have for them right now. But it appears the political benefits of the measure have yet to materialize for the White House.
Returning To Parents' Insurance Raises Other Issues
The new health insurance law allows young adults to stay on their parents' insurance policy until the age of 26. As soon as the law was signed, commentator Molly Adams called her mother and asked if she'd take her back.
Extending The Law Of War To Cyberspace
Electronic "cyberwar" capabilities are the most important military development in decades. But it's unclear how the rules of war might apply in this new area of conflict. At issue: protecting citizens, and defining a cyberattack.
End Of Census Sends Temps Looking For Jobs
Just a few months ago, more than half a million Americans were working for the U.S. Census. That was a bright spot in the economy. But as the 2010 national headcount winds down, most of those jobs have disappeared and many former census employees are looking for work in a tough labor market.
iPhone App Monitors Israeli Settlement Building
In Israel, anti-settlement group Peace Now has launched an iPhone app with data that the group has amassed on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Settlement building is one of the early stumbling blocks that could derail peace talks. Peace Now is offering detailed maps showing why Israeli settlements will also derail a two-state solution.
China's Premier Threatens Japan Over Boat Dispute
The arrest by Japan of a Chinese fishing boat captain and a dispute over islands in the East China Sea have led to a war of words between Beijing and Tokyo. Tensions have frozen high-level government contacts and disrupted other ties.
Police Seize $30 Million From Vatican Bank
Italian police seized $30 million from the Vatican's bank -- known as the Institute for Works of Religion -- as part of a money laundering probe. The bank's top officials also are under investigation for failing to tell authorities where the money in one of the bank's accounts came from. The Vatican said it was "perplexed" and "surprised" by the investigation.
Buyers Promised Simplified Mortgage Paperwork
The government is looking into ways to make the process of obtaining a mortgage simpler and easier for consumers to understand. The focus right now is on the disclosure form used by lenders.
Seattle Benefits From Growth In Global Health
The latest growth industry and job-machine in Seattle is the field of global health. Non-profit groups are fueling a mini building-boom downtown, and they're hiring. The Gates Foundation presence is a major reason. But some locals are hand-wringing that it's unseemly to even call it an industry when local jobs are based on Third World despair.