State delegates hope for unity Members of the Minnesota delegation are hoping Hillary Clinton's address will help unify the party after the long divisive primary battle between Clinton and Senator Barack Obama.7:20 a.m.
Land values on the rise even for non-prime farmland Land prices for the best farm acreage have been shooting up. But now, even the state's less-than-prime farmland is selling for record amounts. Many are buying the land not for farming, but for recreation.7:48 a.m.
Summer before sophomore year leaves indelible mark This is the time of year when students head off to college. While that may lead to a certain amount of sadness for parents of freshmen, Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith says another set of emotions comes into play when you take your college sophomore back to school.7:53 a.m.
Fargo delegate speaks up for young voters Amanda Kubik is a North Dakota delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The 27-year-old speech communications graduate from Fargo had a chance to speak to the other delegates yesterday about what motivated her to become politically active.7:56 a.m.
Cops and cameras outnumber protesters in Denver The Democratic National Convention in Denver enters its second day today. Yesterday, rumors of a planned protest near the Denver Mint began to spread through the media.
Minnesota Public Radio News Cut blogger Bob Collins observed that law enforcement -- and the media -- quickly outnumbered the protesters.8:24 a.m.
Day 1: Kennedy, Obama's Wife Highlight His Values
The Democratic National Convention was gaveled to order Monday in Denver. The convention gives Barack Obama an opportunity to reassure voters about his values and readiness to be president. That task began Monday when an ailing Ted Kennedy passed the torch to Obama, and then Michelle Obama spoke about her husband.
Will Clinton Delegates Snub Obama For McCain?
The Democratic Party hopes to use its national convention to unite support behind Barack Obama. But many of Hillary Clinton's supporters have come to Denver to cast a vote for her — and some say they will not be supporting Barack Obama.
Russia's Vote Sparks Jubilation In South Ossetia
The Bush administration is not happy with Russia's latest move to effectively dismember one of its neighbors. Russia's parliament voted Monday to recognize the independence of two breakaway regions of Georgia, and on Tuesday, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed a decree making that decision final.
Looming Energy Crisis In Mexico Stirs Debate
As production of crude oil falls in Mexico, debate continues on the issue of privatization of the oil monopoly. Without radical reform, Mexico could run out of oil in less than a decade.
What Does It Take To Ace The SAT?
More than a million students take the SAT every year, but fewer than 1 percent score a perfect 2400 on the college entrance exam. So what goes into acing the SAT? One public school has had a remarkable rate of SAT perfection.
Gov. Ed Rendell Urges Clintonites To Move On
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was one of Hillary Clinton's most important allies during the primaries. But after she takes the stage at the Democratic convention, he says Clinton's supporters must move on and back Barack Obama.
Sen. Casey: Obama Can Achieve 'Common Ground'
Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania will speak Tuesday at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, where his dad was denied a speaking role at Bill Clinton's 1992 convention for opposing abortion rights. The senator says he won't talk about abortion, which he opposes, but rather about why he thinks Barack Obama is better suited to fix the broken economy than John McCain.
Mortgage Fraud Jumps 42 Percent, Report Says
As banks tighten lending standards, making home loans harder to come by, a new study shows mortgage fraud is increasing. The Mortgage Asset Research Institute says the number of reported fraud cases jumped 42 percent for loans issued in the first quarter of this year.
Appeals Court OKs Oil Firms' Billion-Dollar Award
A federal appeals court has affirmed a ruling awarding oil companies a billion dollars for breach of contract. The case involves leases off the California coast that were sold to the oil firms a quarter of a century ago.