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Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Exiting the trainDespite agreement on gas tax, gov. candidates have varied plans for transportation
    The candidates for Minnesota governor appear to agree on major transportation issues: They all oppose a gas tax increase, they favor more borrowing and they support bus transit. But dig a little deeper and the three diverge on the details of all those issues.6:20 a.m.
  • MPR News-Humphrey Institute poll: Voters torn between smaller government, higher taxes
    More than half of Minnesotans prefer a smaller government with fewer services, but two-thirds think higher taxes are needed right now to balance the state budget, according to the latest Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyClimatologist reviews huge storm with high winds
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the massive storm that swept in strong winds this week. It also included the lowest barometric pressure recorded in Minnesota. He also taled about the frost today, which is the latest frost in the Twin Cities since 1973.6:55 a.m.
  • Kanabec Sheriff's Mora squad carsLocal aid brings local government into race for governor
    What a city spends on its police force or its parks doesn't usually get any attention in the Minnesota governor's race, but because the state's budget problems loom so centrally this year, local spending issues have been pulled in as well.7:20 a.m.
  • Q&A: The state of local government aid
    Jay Kiedrowski, who studies public finance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, spoke with MPR's Morning Edition about the state's local government aid program.7:25 a.m.
  • Mark SaffordRooted in tradition, the face of Halloween continues to change
    As Halloween approaches and people begin loading up on candy supplies and selecting costumes, it's almost as traditional for older people to begin complaining that Halloween isn't what it used to be.7:45 a.m.
  • Living for a month in a museum
    This morning, Twin Cities native Kate McGroarty woke up in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. In fact, she's been living inside the museum for the last week-and-a-half. McGroarty won a contest that gave her the opportunity to live in the museum for an entire month.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Nevada Voters Confront Stark Choice In Senate Race
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is up against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, a former state assemblywoman who even some fellow Republicans find too extreme. Polls show a dead heat. Voters have until Friday night to cast early ballots.
  • Pennsylvania Senate Race Pivotal For Democrats
    President Obama heads out on the campaign trail this weekend for one last push before Election Day. One of those stops is in Pennsylvania, where Democrats hope to pull off a come-from-behind victory in a U.S. Senate race. For most of the year, Republican Pat Toomey held what seemed to be an insurmountable lead in the polls. But in recent weeks, Democrat Joe Sestak has narrowed the gap.
  • Shaping State Laws With Little Scrutiny
    Members of a private alliance of corporations and lawmakers called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have helped write hundreds of new state laws, including Arizona's much-debated immigration measure.
  • San Fran. Giants Humiliate Texas Rangers 9-0
    Game 2 of the World Series was a blowout Thursday night. The San Francisco Giants dominated the Texas Rangers with strong pitching and a late-inning hitting spree. The final score: 9-0. The Giants now lead the series 2-0.
  • Scientists Help Make Brazil An Agriculture Dynamo
    Brazil is the world's biggest exporter of beef, poultry, orange juice and sugar cane. It also supplies a quarter of the world's soybeans. A group of scientists is credited with turning Brazil into the agricultural superpower it is today.
  • How Brazil Challenged Europe, And Won
    Trade official Pedro Camargo thought the World Trade Organization was stacked against Brazil. So one morning in 1994, he decided to take the world's most powerful countries to court.
  • Verizon Wireless Agrees To Fee Settlement
    The Federal Communications Commission has been investigating mystery data fees on cell phone bills. Verizon Wireless in particular has been in the agency's cross hairs. The company has agreed to pay $25 million for improperly billing customers.
  • The Sweet, Social Legacy Of Cadbury Chocolate
    When Deborah Cadbury was a child, an enormous box of Cadbury chocolates arrived on her doorstep every Christmas. It was just one of the perks of being related to a famous chocolate dynasty: the Cadburys. Cadbury delves into her family's legacy in Chocolate Wars.
  • Runners Lace Up Their Shoes For Charity
    Marathons may be tough on the body but they are very good for charities. Ryan Lamppa, a spokesman for Running USA, says last year's road races raised $1 billion for charity. He says more than half of that came from marathons.
  • Democrats Hope To Benefit From Stewart's Rally
    What started out as a comedy event appealing to moderation and reason has been appropriated as a rallying cry for liberal activists. Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" takes place Saturday in the nation's capital and is spawning political events elsewhere.

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