Saint Paul asks voters for school money The St. Paul Schools' current levy referendum is expiring next summer. So the district board is asking taxpayers to pay more than $20 million dollars a year for six years to avoid cutting school programs.6:52 a.m.
Jabs fly at gubernatorial debate Minnesota's candidates for governor sparred Sunday night in their first televised debate of the campaign. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, DFL candidate Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson disagreed on issues such as transportation, immigration and property taxes.7:21 a.m.
Examining gubernatorial candidates' debate style
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Gregg Fishbein, who coached the Blake High School debate team for 15 years and is now a board member of the Urban Debate League of the Twin Cities, about the debate styles and skills of the major party candidates for governor.7:25 a.m.
Churches tie environment and faith A growing number of Christian leaders in Minnesota and around the nation want their congregations to view changing a light bulb as an act of faith. They're telling their flocks to reduce their environmental footprint by using energy efficient lightbulbs, making use of wind generated power, driving less and walking more.7:55 a.m.
Monday Markets with Chris Farrell
Minnesota Public Radio Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell delivers his Monday Market comments with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. Farrell says the global economy will continue to grow.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iraq War Hits Close to Home in Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but they lack some of the rights of citizenship, including the right to vote for president. Yet they have served -- and died -- in the military for generations. Since 2003, dozens of Puerto Ricans have been killed in Iraq.
Brazil's President Easily Wins Re-Election
In a landslide victory, Brazil has re-elected President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to another four-year term. Brazil's electorate appeared to discount the corruption scandals that have disgraced Lula's Worker's Party.
Senate-Race Debates Highlight Campaign Stretch
This is the last full week for candidates to campaign for midterm elections. In between campaign stops over the weekend, Senate candidates in three closely watched races squared off in debates.
Races with Black Candidates Watched for Clues
Five African-Americans are running for statewide office this year. In the past, African-Americans have had trouble winning these top-tier seats. Experts are watching this year's races to see if that could be changing.
San Francisco Mayor Airs Feelings About Job
In a candid television interview, San Francisco's high-profile mayor caused a stir by saying he sometimes lacks passion for the job and is tired of the intense media attention focused on his social life.
Explosion Kills Shiite Laborers in Iraq
An explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district kills more than two-dozen people, and wounding at least 60 others. All of the victims were Shiite day laborers lined up looking for work.
Lower Sales Growth Strikes Wal-Mart
Heading into the holiday season, Wal-Mart says it will look at adjusting its product mix to make up for slumping same-store sales in October. The retailer's sales grew only half-a-percent last month, after earlier predictions that sales would jump between two and four percent.
Bolivia Completes Takeover of Natural Gas Fields
This past weekend, Bolivia's President Evo Morales pulled off what many said was unlikely. He completed the nationalization of several Bolivian natural gas fields that had been developed by foreign companies.
Taking a Closer Look at Google's Fortunes
Google, a company started just eight years ago, has a market value of more than $145 Billion. That's more than triple the value of all the major U.S. airlines combined. With Google stock nearing an incredible $500 per share, are the company's fortunes sustainable?