Several agencies will investigate cause of explosion The Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety is the lead investigator on the pipeline fire and explosion that took place near Clearbrook in northern Minnesota. It could take up to six months to complete.6:50 a.m.
Budget shortfall at $373 million State Finance officials say a struggling economy is forcing Minnesota's budget into a deficit again. Forecasters say the state will see a $373 million deficit by mid-2009. Gov. Pawlenty and state lawmakers are now faced with raising taxes, cutting spending or spending a part of the budget reserve to balance the state's budget.7:20 a.m.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival goes national The St. Olaf Choir is ramping up their Christmas Festival tradition to high definition this year. For the first time the choir will be transmitting the sights and sounds of the show to movie theaters across the country.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
GOP Hopefuls' Words on War: Immaterial?
Most of the GOP presidential contenders support keeping U.S. troops in Iraq. They call it a frontline in the war on terrorism, and say U.S. troops should leave with victory and success. But the catchphrases fail to convey anything relevant about the war.
Iraq Commander Shares Sentiments on Troops
Col. David Sutherland, due to leave Iraq after a 14-month tour of duty, speaks in highly emotional terms about the soldiers he has led, and those who died. Sutherland was commander of the 3rd Brigade combat team in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.
Richardson Focuses on Iowa's Rural Voters
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson is pinning his hopes on a strong showing in Iowa by visiting each of its 99 counties and homing in on the state's many rural voters. He talks up hunting and alternative energy while promising to have troops out of Iraq within a year.
Giuliani Denies Inappropriate Accounting
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani refutes a news story that while mayor of New York City he used unorthodox accounting practices to hide an extramarital affair. Expenses were billed to obscure city agencies, like the department that regulates loft spaces.
U.S. Meets Russia in Davis Cup Finals
Some of the best men's tennis players in the world gather in Portland, Ore., for the start of the Davis Cup Finals. The three-day team event matches the U.S. against defending champion, Russia. The U.S. has won 31 Davis Cups — more than any other country — but none in a dozen years.
Ahmadinejad: Mideast Peace Talks a Failure
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pronounces the Mideast Peace conference in Annapolis, Md., a failure, predicting that Israel is doomed to collapse. Iran was not invited to the multi-nation conference.
World AIDS Day to Honor Life, Restate Figures
World AIDS Day will celebrate the millions of people living with the disease, rather than the pessimism of years gone by. The United Nations reports the number of those infected with HIV worldwide is 33 million, not the 39 million previously reported.
Morgan Stanley Ousts Co-President Zoe Cruz
Morgan Stanley has ousted co-president Zoe Cruz, a 25-year veteran at the firm and one of the most powerful women in the financial world. The management shakeup is intended to turn around a company that, like other Wall Street giants, became mired in the credit crisis.
BP Unit Pleads Guilty in Oil Spill Settlement
The Alaska subsidiary of oil company BP PLC has pleaded guilty to a federal environmental crime for failing to prevent a crude oil spill. The guilty plea by BP Exploration Alaska Inc. is part of a settlement over a 200,000-gallon pipeline spill at the Prudhoe Bay field in March 2006.
Eco-Friendly Product Claims Often Misleading
Store shelves are filled with products claiming to be good for the environment. Everything from shampoos and cleaning agents to granola bars claim to be "natural" and "earth friendly." But some environmentalists think you're being "greenwashed."