Job-seeking graduates hone their elevator pitches Even getting a foot in the door for an interview isn't easy in a fiercely competitive job market. At the University of Minnesota, job counselors are teaching graduates the fine art of networking.6:55 a.m.
Race for governor to affect state government There's a lot of talk in the state's political circles about Governor Tim Pawlenty's decision not seek a third term. Without an incumbant, the 2010 governor's race is wide open, and Pawlenty now has to govern as a lame duck.7:20 a.m.
Commercial building vacancies likely to skyrocket in Minneapolis As the recession continues, there are signs that more commercial building owners in Minneapolis are struggling to make ends meet. If the trend continues, officials worry that could mean more hazardous vacant buildings in the city, and they've launched a new effort to clean them up.7:25 a.m.
Small town festivals emerge in summer Summer in Minnesota is a fleeting season, and one of the ways we Minnesotans try to make it last is with a variety of small-town summer festivals.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Is There Freedom Of Expression In Egypt?
When President Obama delivers his much anticipated address to the Muslim world in Cairo on Thursday, many in Egypt will judge the speech by what he has to say about human rights and democracy. Human rights activists say Egypt has a record of rounding up opponents, and torture in Egyptian jails is common.
Is Egypt The Best Place For Obama's Speech?
Saad Eddin Ibrahim is a well-known Egyptian dissident who was imprisoned for political activities. He's a professor at Harvard University and has lived in exile for almost two years. An Egyptian court has overturned his most recent conviction for defaming Egypt. Ibrahim talks with Renee Montagne about whether President Obama should be making his address to the Muslim world from Egypt.
Locals Wary Of U.S.-Afghan Patrol Program
U.S. forces and the Afghan government are trying to create a neighborhood watch program in one of the country's most restive areas. Many believe the patrols are vital to securing Afghanistan. One of their most pressing tasks is to turn public opinion around inside the Taliban haven.
Teams To Pull Air France Crash Debris From Ocean
Brazilian officials have confirmed that debris found scattered on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean came from Air France Flight 447, which vanished earlier this week. The effort to recover the debris and the flight recorders is expected to be especially daunting in the deep water.
Obama Reiterates Stance On Israeli Settlements
President Obama has told Israel, again, that it should stop the growth of settlements on the West Bank. Before leaving on a tour of the Mideast and Europe, Obama met in Washington with Israel's defense minister. Israel wants to be allowed to continue expansion in large settlement blocks.
Interrogators Adapted To New Foe In Afghanistan
Interrogators found the methods they were using early on were more suitable during the Cold War and didn't resonate with al-Qaida detainees. Over time, one interrogator says, they learned the more fatigue that could be induced in a prisoner, the more likely he'd be to share information.
Banks Launch Stock Offers To Repay TARP
The country's banks have sold billions of dollars in stock to raise capital and shore up their finances. Banks are under pressure to raise more capital before the government will allow them to repay the bailout money, also known as TARP funds. Banks are eager to repay the funds so they can avoid the special requirements that come along with the bailout money.
GM's Bankruptcy One Degree Of Separation
General Motors' bankruptcy proceeding is causing ripple effects in Michigan and across the country. In GM's home base of Michigan, suppliers, charities, hospitals and local governments are braced for more hard times.
Michigan Casino Attracts Job Applicants
The state's casinos are doing well even though casino revenues are down elsewhere in the country. Michigan's 22nd casino is set to open this summer. It will create 1,500 full- and part-time jobs. Those openings attracted more than 28,000 applications.