Mother testifies in age hearing for triple-killing suspect The mother of triple-homicide suspect Mahdi Hassan Ali testified Wednesday that gave birth to Ali in a Kenyan hospital in August 1994. That would mean Ali was 15 years old at the time he allegedly shot and killed three people at the Seward Market in Minneapolis on Jan. 6, 2010. That would also mean that Ali is eligible to be tried as a juvenile.6:20 a.m.
Architecture at the Minnesota State Fair The Minnesota State Fair is full of unique architecture. Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer took a tour of the fair and the buildings that make up its history.6:50 a.m.
Home sales in Minneapolis lags nation The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes plunged in July to their lowest rate in 15 years -- dropping 27 percent from the year before. And the drop for the Twin Cities market was significantly larger than that. Home sales here fell a whopping 42 percent.7:20 a.m.
Silo billboard raises eyebrows A silo that was turned into a cylindrical billboard for St. Peter-based countertop manufacturer Cambria has created quite a bit of controversy in south-central Minnesota this summer.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Tainted Eggs Renew Calls For Food Safety Overhaul
The recall of a half-billion eggs after more than a thousand Americans have fallen ill from salmonella has some politicians and consumer advocates pushing for the first major overhaul of food safety laws in more than 70 years. Now, after languishing in Congress, some proposals to toughen the laws are in the spotlight.
'Rocky' Might Want To Lay Off The Raw Eggs
The outbreak of salmonella in eggs has raised a lot of concerns for consumers. Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, tells Linda Wertheimer when it comes to eating eggs, there's always a hazard of ingesting salmonella. Schaffner says it's not a good idea to eat semi-cooked or raw eggs.
Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Stories Of Survival
The Daily Beast editor chats with Renee Montagne about the best things she's been reading lately. Brown's focus this month: surviving and thriving in adversity, from the challenges of rescuing a major corporation to the difficulties of readjusting to life after wartime.
Florida Primary: Big Bucks Don't Always Pay Off
It was outsider's night in Florida's Republican primary for governor, with big-spending upstart Rick Scott toppling veteran insider Bill McCollum. But billionaire investor Jeff Greene lost to Rep. Kendrick Meek in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.
Islamist Rebels Attack Somali Hotel, 32 Killed
In Somalia's capital of Mogadishu Tuesday, Islamist militants raced through a seaside hotel, methodically killing 32 people, including six members of Parliament. The attack underscored the ability of insurgents to attack at will, even in the very limited territory the government theoretically controls. Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times, talks to Linda Wertheimer about the attack.
Pakistani Farmer Helps Workers Hurt By Flood
In Pakistan, Jawaid Amin Khwaja farms 700 acres of land in Punjab province. The floods have left five feet of water standing in his sugar cane fields. Khwaja tells Renee Montagne how Pakistani citizens are responding to their national emergency. He has opened his home and wallet to the dozens of families who work his land.
Chinese Internet Company Buys U.S. Firm
One of China's biggest Internet companies is buying its way into the U.S. Alibaba.com is an e-commerce website that links Chinese factories with entrepreneurs who want to manufacture products in China. Alibaba says it's buying an American e-commerce company called Auctiva, which provides software for online merchants.
July's Existing Homes Sales Hit 15-Year Low
When you think of real estate bubbles bursting, you may imagine Las Vegas, California or South Florida. The Midwest was supposed to be more stable. But new data show that while the housing market never did get that high in the middle of the country, it's now dropping at a surprising rate.
As GM Celebrates Rebirth, Chrysler Stays Silent
Much is being made of the success of the federal bailout of General Motors, but Chrysler is keeping a much lower profile -- mainly because it doesn't yet have much to brag about. The company has lost about $370 million so far this year, and its new vehicles won't show up until 2011.
Mahindra Receives EPA Certification
Indian Utility vehicles maker Mahindra & Mahindra wants to sell pickup trucks and SUVs in the United States. U.S. environmental regulators have given the company a green light to sell its diesel trucks which could be in showrooms by the end of this year.