Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Mission to the moon possible for former Minnesotan Former Minneapolis resident, and graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Vande Hei has been accepted into NASA's 2009 class of astronauts. That means he could be on a mission to the moon, where NASA wants to go in about a decade.7:40 a.m.
Patriotic stories from the people Heading into this 4th of July weekend, producer Curtis Gilbert has been collecting patriotic stories. This week, he took a stroll around Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, and asked all the people he met to tell him about a time they felt proud to live in the United States.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Heavy Job Loss Prompts Stimulus Criticism
The surprising loss of 467,000 jobs in June, far more than expected, is fueling Republican criticism of the Obama administration's stimulus program. After the numbers were announced Thursday, President Obama called the huge job losses sobering. The continuing fallout in the labor market is causing problems in the housing sector, and vice versa.
Mortgage-Burning Parties Almost Extinct
When's the last time you went to a mortgage-burning party? Do people even pay off their 30-year mortgages anymore? NPR's Planet Money team went on a mission to find out.
Tour De France: Armstrong Ready To Ride
The Tour de France starts Saturday in Monaco and finishes July 26 in Paris. The race's image has been severely damaged by numerous doping scandals in recent years. Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong is back for this year's race. Armstrong has been fighting doping allegations for years.
Cyclist, Journalist: Thoughts On Tour De France
Jim Coon is a recreational cyclist in Portland, Oregon, who says he's bothered by reports of doping in the the Tour de France — but doesn't focus on the issue. Veteran cycling journalist Joe Lindsey says he has to focus on the charges of doping because of his job covering the race.
Tourists Usually In Spain Stay Mainly Off The Planes
The global recession has been catastrophic for one of the world's most popular tourist desitinations: Spain. Business is off and unemployment is up as Britons and other northern Europeans pinched by the poor economy stay home.
Fossil Hunters Uncover Rare Dinosaur Skin
Dinosaur bones are pretty rare ... but even more unusual is dinosaur skin. Paleontologists working in North Dakota have unearthed the remains of a hadrosaur with much of its fossilized skin still intact. They hope it will offer insights into how these creatures lived, and what they really looked like.
A Peachy Rivalry Stews In Alabama
Like football, peaches down South are serious business; state bragging rights are on the line. So whose peaches are more delicious – Alabama's or Georgia's? One grower argues that the tree-ripened variety in Alabama's Chilton County is better.
Georgia Peaches: A Ripe Legacy
Some have tried to challenge Georgia as the "Peach State," to no avail. For Duke Lane Jr., who runs a 100-year-old peach orchard in Fort Valley, it's hard to beat the taste of a Georgia peach. People just know to look for Georgia peaches, Lane says.
FDIC Closes 1 Banks In Texas, 6 In Illinois
Seven banks were shut down Thursday — pushing the total number of banks that have failed this year to 52. The year is just half over, and already the figure is more than double what it was for all of 2008. Back in 2007, only three banks failed.