New Emmer ad funded by new business money A group funded by Minnesota corporations has recently started running a TV ad praising Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer. The ad is the latest effort by an independent group that hopes to influence elections.7:20 a.m.
Essayist offers a way out of road construction Have you noticed the traffic cones? The bottlenecks? All the detours? It's highway repair season in Minnesota. And this year, the repairs seem to be going on everywhere. But essayist Peter Smith says there's a way around all the construction, and it just a few keystrokes away.7:45 a.m.
Wireless companies to roll out higher-speed data service Major wireless companies are all rolling out higher-speed data services for smart phones and portable computers as more customers use their phones to check e-mail, surf the web, watch video and use social media sites, and the Twin Cities market may be next.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Eating Nutritiously A Struggle When Money Is Scarce
The Williamsons of Carlisle, Pa., live well below the poverty line. And in the family's struggle to obtain enough food, nutrition sometimes takes a back seat to necessity. Hunger in America is complicated. It's not just getting enough food, but getting the right food -- and making the right choices.
Is Director Of National Intelligence A Viable Post?
Retired Air Force Gen. James Clapper begins the confirmation process Tuesday as he seeks to become director of National Intelligence. Senators aren't convinced anyone can successfully head all 16 U.S. spy and intelligence agencies.
In Congress, A Showdown Over Campaign Money
So far this year, proponents of tougher campaign finance laws have been on a losing streak. They have two big bills they still hope Congress will vote on this summer -- though both face opposition.
Low Cost Of Maine Lobster Sinks Profits
Maine's industry is thriving, with over 75 million pounds of lobster caught last year. But over the past few years, the price at the docks has dropped. Lobstermen are trying to stay afloat.
At Amazon, E-Book Sales Outpace Hardbacks
This past spring and early summer, Amazon sold 143 e-books for every 100 hardcover books, a gap that is widening quickly. Amazon says consumers love the convenience of e-books; they probably like the price, too.
'Hamlet's BlackBerry': To Surf Or Not To Surf?
Welcome to the 21st century, where we're all connected, all the time. Whether or not this is a good thing is the subject of Hamlet's Blackberry, a new book by William Powers that takes a magnifying glass to the "conundrum of connectedness" -- and looks to the past to find ways to deal with information overload.
A Uniquely Indian Perspective On Gay Marriage
Californians are waiting to see if a federal court will uphold the state's ban on gay marriage. Commentator Sandip Roy says overturning the ban would simplify things for many gay Indian-Americans he knows. He says their parents care more about marriage and grandchildren than sexuality.
Cameron Arrives For Maiden U.S. Visit
British Prime Minister David Cameron will have talks Tuesday with President Obama at the White House. Their agenda is likely to be dominated by discussions about Afghanistan and the international economic crisis.
Gulf Relief Efforts Take On New Orleans Flavor
In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, a nonprofit organization called Environment America has started a campaign called "Gumbo for the Gulf," and the Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Co. is donating a portion of sales of it's new "Save Our Shores" pilsner to Gulf relief.