St. Cloud debates banning portable signs Plenty of businesses in St. Cloud use portable signs for advertising. But city officials are considering banning the signs. Many people consider the signs, with their neon lettering, downright ugly.7:50 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses oil prices and other economic news.7:55 a.m.
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Jo March, Everyone's Favorite Little Woman
The strong-willed second oldest sister of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, has inspired generations of femal--fans with her independence and pluck. But does she set too lofty an ideal?
'Hypermilers': Squeezing Out Every Mile Per Gallon
With gas prices relentlessly soaring, Americans are being forced to rethink their driving habits. Members of a group known as "hypermilers" strive to boost their cars' miles per gallon by changing their behavior behind the wheel.
School Devoted to Traditional Teaching, Values
Sitting in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Classical Academy, a public charter school, teaches traditional values and classical learning. The result may sometimes seem like Sunday school, but religion plays no active role.
Fear of Exposure Leads to Compromises in Myanmar
Reporting from Myanmar, a country tightly controlled by its military, presents challenges not found elsewhere. Reporters operate on a tourist visa and don't want to be identified because of the climate of fear that pervades the nation.
Book Examines Looming Pension Debts in America
Business journalist Roger Lowenstein talks about his new book, While America Aged, which looks at how corporations and governments came to make pension and health care obligations to workers — and what is happening as the bills come due.
Smugglers' Hero Status Hampers Cartel Crackdown
Mexico is in the midst of a fierce drug battle. Since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the smuggling gangs, violence has increased in many regions, including the western state of Sinaloa, where smugglers are revered as heroes.
Vieques' Growth Threatens Bioluminescent Bay
It has been five years since the U.S. Navy left the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Now the area is becoming commercially developed, and that is threatening one of the world's brightest bioluminescent bays.
Oil Prices Hover Around $138 a Barrel
Oil prices have come down a little from Friday's eye-popping $11 jump, but not much. In overseas trading, oil prices are still hovering between $137 and $138 a barrel. On Friday, they flew past $139.
Apple to Announce iPhone Updates
It's been almost a year since the iPhone hit stores. Since the iPhone's launch, Apple hasn't made many changes to the wildly popular device, but that could be about to change. Apple is under pressure to keep innovating and boost sales. It's expected to announce details of a new iPhone on Monday.
States Seize Stimulus Checks to Pay Back Taxes
As the federal stimulus checks are sent out, not everyone who qualifies will receive one. That's because they owe back taxes to the state. Georgia is among states that participate in the federal "offset" program that allows states to take all, or part, of federal tax refunds if a resident owes back taxes.