Survey finds widespread anxiety about economy A new survey by Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs indicates a large majority of Minnesotans are nervous about the economy.6:55 a.m.
Senate recount possibilities include lawsuits Unofficial results show only a few hundred votes separate Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and DFL challenger Al Franken, after a day of vote counting on Wednesday. That narrow lead triggers an automatic statewide recount by the Secretary of State's office. But the matter could end up in the courts.7:20 a.m.
Some Minn. voters chose Obama, but not Franken Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain by almost 10 percentage points in Minnesota, but that wave of support didn't propel U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken to a decisive victory over Norm Coleman.7:25 a.m.
Amendment funds for arts still nine months away Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that will dedicate sales tax funds for outdoors projects and the arts. But environmentalists and artists still have several hurdles to jump before they see any money.7:40 a.m.
The state of Broadway less than sunny The hit musical "Wicked" begins a month-long touring stop this week at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. The show is popular, virtually selling out weeks before opening night. But the state of Broadway theater in general is less sunny, and that can affect the kinds of plays and musicals that hit the road.8:25 a.m.
One Teen's Struggle To Quit Smoking
Kindra Tanner started smoking at 13. She says she started due to stress — then, it took her two years and lots of support to kick the habit.
Duke Energy Sees Rooftops As Future Power Plants
The North Carolina power company wants to pay customers for the ability to install solar panels on their roofs and vacant lots. Duke would own and operate the solar panels, and the electricity they generate would go straight onto the grid.
Obama's Transition Team Gets To Work In D.C.
A new government has begun to take shape in Washington, as President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take over the executive branch. In the coming months, his transition team will learn from — and sometimes clash with — Bush administration officials.
Obama Must Manage Great Expectations
President-elect Barack Obama has a huge victory to savor. He won't have much time to celebrate, though, because he's already planning his new government. One of the biggest challenges will be handling the sky-high expectations that his campaign of hope and change has generated.
Wilder On Obama: Dream Is Alive For All Americans
Barack Obama didn't base his candidacy on race. But his victory has moved many African-Americans — among them Richmond Mayor Douglas Wilder, Virginia's first black governor. Wilder says that Americans can now say to any child, "You can be anything you want to be."
Former McCain Strategist Offers Hindsight
Republican John McCain suffered a big defeat to Democrat Barack Obama. John Weaver was the campaign's chief strategist until the summer of 2007, when he resigned amid a staff shake-up as the campaign was on the verge of collapse. Weaver talks with Renee Montagne about why he thinks McCain lost.
Author Michael Crichton Dies Of Cancer
The master of the "techno thriller," Michael Crichton, has died at the age of 66. He was battling cancer. Crichton was best known for scary stories of science gone wrong in popular books like The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.
Making Happiness And Well-Being A National Priority
The tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan has crowned its fifth king in an elaborate Buddhist ceremony. It was the new king's father who pioneered the concept of "gross national happiness" — meaning there's more to a country than economic growth, and spiritual and mental well-being matter just as much.
Obama, A President Kids Can Look Up To
President-elect Barack Obama has been called an inspiration by many, and an especially potent role model for children. Students at the racially diverse Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., were overjoyed when an African-American was elected president.
Wall Street Bonuses Expected To Be Reduced
Bonuses might be thought of as icing on the cake. But on Wall Street, bonuses can make up the bulk of a banker's pay. New reports say bonuses this year will be down sharply. For top executives, they could be cut by more than half. The reason is falling revenue and political pressure to limit payouts.