Party leaders push for control of the Minn. Senate Sen. Michelle Fischbach is the chair of the Senate Republican legislative election committee. DFL Sen. Tom Bakk is charged with retaining control of the Minnesota Senate for his party. They spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:40 a.m.
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Take-Charge Obama Shows Up For Second Debate
Two weeks ago, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was seen as the clear winner of that debate. A very different President Obama showed up for the second debate. He went hard after his Republican opponent from the very start.
Cuba To Lift Travel Restrictions But Not For All
Cuba has announced it's lifting restrictions on travel outside of the country beginning in January. It's the most sweeping overhaul since Castro imposed the restrictions more than half a century ago. But not all Cubans will be treated equally when the new rules take effect.
Farmers Cautious Of Drought-Resistant Seeds
This summer's dry weather gave a great real-world test for drought-resistant corn, which seed companies are eager to promote. But many farmers worry that these drought-resistant seeds won't perform as well in regular or wet years.
TV Westerns Prove The West Is Still Fun
While gritty TV Westerns like AMC's Hell on Wheels may be historically accurate, they often lack substance and fall victim to generic tropes. But as Eric Deggans argues, more modern Westerns like CBS' Vegas and A&E's Longmire make the West wild again with a dash of fun and style.
Home Health Aides Often As Old As Their Clients
As America ages, so do the nation's 2.5 million home health aides, leaving the elderly caring for the even more elderly. Clients often request someone closer to their own age, and agencies say older workers are reliable and well-suited to the job.
A123's Bankruptcy Reignites Obama's Green Critics
A123 Systems has filed for bankruptcy. The company makes lithium ion batteries for hybrid and electric cars — or it did. The company's automotive assets are being sold, and the bankruptcy filing will likely be controversial. A123 received a $249 million grant from the government in 2009.
Target Begins Running Holiday TV Ads Early
Traditionally, Target has held off on unveiling its Christmas season ads until after Thanksgiving. Social media has buzzed with shock that the chain was breaching holiday decorum.
Close Read: NPR Reporters Examine Second Debate
A team of NPR correspondents joins Renee Montagne to give Tuesday night's presidential debate a Close Read. The second meeting was a town hall-style debate and covered a wide range of issues. The reporters include: John Ydstie, Julie Rovner, Michele Kelemen, Jeff Brady and Ted Robbins.