MPR poll: Obama leads, but contest is fluid A new Minnesota Public Radio and University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows Democrat Barack Obama leading John McCain in the state, but the race is still very fluid.7:20 a.m.
Fried food on a stick? It's fair time. Over the next 12 days, 1.6 million people are expected to meander and munch their way through the Minnesota State Fair. Whether they're looking for mini-donuts, cheese curds, or the latest fried food on a stick, they'll find it at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.7:50 a.m.
Future Tense with Jon Gordon The FTC announced new rules this week that will prohibit recorded sales calls, beginning in September 2009.
But an exception to the new rule has drawn the ire of one advocacy group.8:20 a.m.
State Fair features plenty of entertainment The Minnesota State Fair opens Thursday and runs through Labor Day in Falcon Heights. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola runs down some of the entertainment offerings.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Russia-NATO Divide Widens Amid Georgia Conflict
Officials on both sides of the conflict are still thinking in Cold War terms, experts say, even though it ended more than 20 years ago. NATO is a much different organization now, but relations with Russia are strained.
Pakistani Envoy Sees New Phase For Terror War
The departure of Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, will aid the fight against terrorism, according to Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States. "Unfortunately, there was no chemistry between Gen. Musharraf and President Karzai," Haqqani said. But NATO troops will still be kept out of Pakistan, he said.
Developers Improvise As Economy Falters
Does it still make sense to build homes in the farthest suburbs, as gas prices rise and housing prices fall? Some developers say it does, if they create a different kind of suburb: a township community with stores in walking distance of the houses.
Fay Swamps Florida; Governor Seeks Federal Aid
Tropical Storm Fay has flooded hundreds of homes and caused tornadoes in parts of Florida. Gov. Charlie Crist has described the flooding as catastrophic and requested that President Bush issue a federal disaster declaration.
To Lower Blood Pressure, Open Up And Say 'Om'
Meditating daily can lower blood pressure and reduce dependence on medication, according to a new study. Relaxation techniques increase the formation of a compound that opens up blood vessels, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
Fannie, Freddie Shares Slumping; Indy Gets A Break
After trading at $60 or $70 a share a year ago, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in the single-digit range — and slipping further. But there's some hopeful news for struggling homeowners whose mortgages are held by IndyMac Bank, which was taken over by the government.
Workplace Deaths Hit All-Time Low
The latest figures from the Labor Department show a sharp decline in workplace fatalities. They're lower than at any point since the department started keeping track.
Quarter Of U.S. Workers Get No Paid Vacation
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one-quarter of workers in the United States get no paid vacation at all. And non-union workers get more time off than union workers during their first years on the job, though the union workers start getting extra vacation after 10 or 20 years on the job.