Straw poll could pave way for top GOP choices In a straw poll later this week, Minnesota Republican Party delegates may thin the field when they select their top choices from among the nine GOP candidates currently running for governor.6:20 a.m.
Gov. candidates bill taxpayers $23,000 in expenses The state lawmakers who are running for governor have collected a total of nearly $23,000 in legislative expense payments since early June. It's allowable for them to do that, but some are concerned about the appearance of the practice.7:25 a.m.
Student population ebbs and flows for school districts Minnesota's largest school district voted to close six schools last night. The Anoka Hennepin School board hasn't had to shutter buildings since the 50s, but the district faces a budget squeeze thanks to declining enrollment.8:25 a.m.
Commentator faces H1N1 with fatalism In a few weeks, the H1N1 flu vaccine is expected to arrive in Minnesota. The vaccine and the disease have some people feeling anxious. Others, like commentator Peter Smith, have adopted a more fatalistic point of view.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
National Security Team To Examine Afghan Strategy
President Obama made Afghanistan and Pakistan top priorities when he entered the White House. But both countries are still struggling. And Tuesday, the president will hold the first in a series of meetings with his national security team to re-examine the strategy for both countries.
Pakistan Watches As U.S. Reviews Afghan Strategy
The Obama administration's strategy review of the Afghanistan war is prompting some concern in Pakistan, which sees both opportunity and danger in a U.S. policy that would direct more operations to Pakistan. President Obama has expressed doubt about whether more U.S. troops could turn the protracted conflict into a winnable war. Some Pakistanis hear in that a prelude to a pullout.
Reading 9-to-5: Richard Russo's Favorite Office Lit
Although the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says working in an office is his idea of hell, he admits loving fictional portrayals of the workplace. He talks with Steve Inskeep about some of his favorite literary takes on office life.
New MATVs Designed To Reduce IED-Related Deaths
A new armored fighting vehicle designed to reduce the number of IED related deaths in the war in Afghanistan is rolling off the assembly lines at a Milwaukee facility. Oshkosh Defense won a multi-billion dollar Pentagon contract to build 4,300 MATVs to be flown to Afghanistan in the coming weeks.
Investigators Probe Death Of Census Worker
Authorities have divulged little in the investigation into the death of a census worker in Kentucky. Bill Sparkman, 51, was found hanging from a tree at a rural cemetery in Clay County earlier this month. A rope was around his neck, and the word "fed" scrawled on him.
More Women Hunt, Seeking Food And Togetherness
Around America this fall, hunters are stalking everything from birds to bears. An estimated 12.5 million Americans hunt — a number that has fallen in the past 15 years. But the number of female hunters has held steady — and more young girls than ever are hunting.
California Man Gets 100 Years For Ponzi Scheme
Richard Harkless, 65, of Riverside, Calif., was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison for orchestrating a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. Prosecutors say Harkless promised to invest money in government-backed construction loans, and promised returns as high as 14 percent every three months. The scheme collapsed in 2004.
Exelon Quits U.S. Chamber Over Climate Bill
Global warming and the best ways to tackle it are causing fractures in the business community. Chicago-based Exelon is the latest utility to announce it will leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because it disagrees with the group's opposition to climate legislation. Exelon is the largest nuclear power operator in the U.S.
Searching For America's Biggest Financial Loser
An investment startup called Hedgeable.com is sponsoring a race to find the biggest investment loser in the past year. First prize is a trip to Rome. The Web site says that's because Rome is "the last great empire to collapse under a devalued currency and out-of-control spending."