Dwindling daylight on the horizon Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about the cool September temperatures and the shorter days ahead.6:54 a.m.
Past GOP convention in Minnesota roiled like a 'boiling cauldron' Minnesota last hosted a national political convention in 1892, when Republicans bickered over the re-election of President Benjamin Harrison. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with local historian Iric Nathanson about Minnesota's moment in the political spotlight.7:20 a.m.
Walker says new tax provision will discourage major museum gifts A relatively small change in a federal tax law has caused a large outcry among museums around the country. The change affects the way artworks are donated to institutions such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. One museum director described it as a "body blow" to the ability of museums to build collections.7:48 a.m.
It's a tie! Sort of. The Twins have already secured a playoff spot, but now have three games left in order to pass the Tigers and go into the post season as the division champs. But the Tigers own the tie-breaker.7:53 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Senate Passes Detainee Rights Bill
The Senate approves a bill that would establish a system of military commissions for trying Guantanamo detainees. The bill also sets rules for interrogating terrorism suspects. It's almost identical to legislation passed by the House on Wednesday.
Democrats See Senate Gains in Election
The Democrats have a chance at winning control of the Senate. They need six more seats to take control. There are just enough vulnerable Republican seats to make a Democratic takeover possible. But Republicans are counting on using their organizational strength to counter the rising Democratic tide.
Asia Slowly Rises, Pushing the West Back
Historian Niall Ferguson's latest book, The War of the World, examines a century of history and finds that the West is well on the way to being eclipsed by Asia.
Corruption Claims Cloud Brazil's Presidential Election
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva clings to a lead that would give him an outright victory in the general election Sunday. But the latest in a series of corruption scandals has Lula's main rival declaring "there'll be a second round."
Florida Raising Minimum Wage
If you are working in Florida, you may be seeing a pay-raise next year. The minimum wage will go up by 27 cents an hour on January 1, to $6.67 an hour. That's because of an initiative the state passed two years ago that requires the minimum wage keep pace with inflation.
Congress Hears HP Testimony on Spying
The spying scandal at Hewlett Packard is continuing to make headlines as lawmakers scramble to get to the bottom of the company's efforts to stop leaks from its board. After hearing testimony from HP executives, Congress is likely to explicitly outlaw the practice of "pretexting."
Columnist: Investment Choices Are Personal
Debra Neiman, the personal finance columnist for Entrepreneur.com, talks about how the average investor should approach the ups and downs of the Dow industrials. She tells Steve Inskeep that investors should always base decisions on their own goals.