Kennedy gets Republican nod for U.S. Senate Promising to bring Minnesota values to
Washington, U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy on Thursday night secured the
Republican endorsement as its 2006 candidate for the U.S. Senate. Kennedy's endorsement capped the first night of the state
Republican convention at the Minneapolis Convention center.7:20 a.m.
Pawlenty heads into second campaign Delegates to the state Republican convention are expected to handily endorse Gov. Tim Pawlenty for a second term Friday afternoon Pawlenty has led the state during a contentious and highly-polarized era at the Capitol, which included the state's first partial government shutdown.7:24 a.m.
Minneapolis voters may cast instant-runoff ballots
There is an effort in Minneapolis to do away with primaries and instead, hold elections on one day with one ballot. Voters would rank three candidates in order of preference. It is called instant runoff voting. The Minneapolis Charter Commission is scheduled to meet next week to discuss the language of the 'Single Transferable Vote' referendum recently approved by the city council. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Larry Jacobs, Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota about how the proposed voting system works.7:50 a.m.
NorShor strip club plan raises hackles in Duluth Duluth's historic downtown theater is being turned into a strip club. After years of trying, the owner says he's finally found something that will pay the bills. But some of his downtown neighbors, including the mayor, are really upset.7:54 a.m.
Jill rides again At a horse show near Cannon Falls this weekend, one woman's dream will come true. Jill Krimmel of Buffalo, Minnesota, was a familiar face at Saddlebred horse shows across the region until she suffered a devastating stroke. After an amazing recovery, Krimmel is back in the saddle.8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Swell Books for Summer Loafing
"I lean and loafe at my ease," poet Walt Whitman wrote, "observing a spear of summer grass." But when you get tired of watching the grass grow, you might want to pick up a good book. Susan Stamberg gets suggestions from three independent booksellers.
A School Sets the Stage for Life Changes
When Scott and Cathy Kohanek first met, he was a custodian and she was a teacher -- and they couldn't stop talking to each other. A lot has changed since then. But they're both still at Minnesota's Kenwood Elementary School.
Government Policies Lead to Collapse of Zimbabwe Economy
The former southern African breadbasket of Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic and social meltdown. Zimbabwe's annual inflation tops 1,000 percent, the highest in the world. The country's economy has shrunk by almost a third since 2000. And there are regular shortages of everything from gasoline to basic food staples.
Reporting Undercover in Zimbabwe
NPR Reporter Jason Beaubien talks with Steve Inskeep about the difficulty of reporting the crisis in Zimbabwe. Beaubien says he must go undercover as a tourist to enter Zimbabwe and report on conditions there.
U.S. Military Probes Second Set of Iraq Killings
The U.S. military confirms it is investigating a report that American troops killed Iraqi civilians in a Sunni village northwest of Baghdad. The news comes amid allegations that American Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians at Haditha.
Myanmar Extends Sentence for Democracy Activist
The military junta of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has imposed another year of house arrest on democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Emma Larkin, author of Finding George Orwell in Burma, talks about the sentence extension. Emma Larkin is a pseudonym for the author.
Democracy Suffers in Egypt After Election
Egyptian journalist Hisham Kassem talks with Steve Inskeep about the status of Ayman Nour. Nour is a pro-democracy candidate who challenged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in last year's elections. He is in now jail after being charged with fraud by the government.
Young Workers Spending Instead of Saving
Thousands of college seniors graduate this spring, entering the work force to earn their way for the first time. But many young workers are struggling to save money. Lower wages and free-spending habits mean that there is little money left for the future.