Minnesota delegates to GOP convention unhappy with proposed rules changes Delegates to the Republican National Convention finally get down to business today after Tropical Storm Isaac forced them to cancel business yesterday. Topping the list is formally nominating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for president and vice president. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Mark Zdechlik, who is in Tampa at the convention.7:20 a.m.
High corn prices force ethanol plant shutdowns Across the nation, spiking corn prices and limited supply are forcing a growing number of ethanol plants, including this one in Little Falls, Minn., to temporarily close — yet another symptom of the worst drought in half a century.7:25 a.m.
The pros and cons of taking Best Buy private Best Buy is setting up a room for its former founder to look at the details of its financial books. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with John Reik, who teaches at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, about the advantages and disadvantages of taking a company private.8:25 a.m.
Rep. Kiffmeyer on Minnesota Supreme Court rulings The Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature scored major victories at the state Supreme Court. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Republican state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer. She's one of the authors of the Photo ID amendment, and is a former Minnesota Secretary of State.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Convention To Define Romney Before Fall Debates
A full slate of events gets underway at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday. Organizers will use the convention to give voters a more personal feel for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Steve Inskeep talks to Romney's political director Rich Beeson about countering Democrats' negative campaign ads.
Despite Delay, Republican Stage Is Set In Tampa
It takes a lot of people to stage a political convention, and they've all been in Tampa, Fla., getting ready: the technical crews, the media, the volunteers and of course the politicians.
Methane Making An Appearance In Pa. Water Supplies
Water wells and streams in Leroy Township, Pa., have been bubbling up with methane gas in the past few months. The state's Department of Environmental Protection blames nearby natural gas fracking operations. A local well operator has installed water filters for residents and says the problem has been fixed.
In India, 100-Year-Old Lunch Delivery Service Goes Modern
If you work in an office in India, lunch might travel through a complex network of kitchens, bicycle deliverymen and train stations before ending up on your desk. Dabba wallahs have been delivering meals for a century, but over the years, lunchbox fare has changed dramatically.
Helping Foster Kids Even After Adoption
The U.S. adoption system was set up to place babies, but today the vast majority of adoptions are of older children in foster care. Many have experienced trauma, but advocates say there's little support to help families cope with that.
Can You Learn While You're Asleep?
An experiment that paired sounds with smells suggests basic forms of learning are possible while snoozing. The key seems to be a phenomenon known as conditioning — a form of simple learning made famous by Ivan Pavlov and his dog.
Oil Refineries Wait For Isaac To Pass
Isaac isn't expected to grow beyond a Category 1 hurricane and that's easing some concerns it could damage oil and gas refineries along the Gulf Coast. Still, several have shut down operations and will probably be off line for a few days. Depending on Isaac's severity, analysts say gasoline prices could go up by about 10 cents or so in the coming weeks.
App Answers: Who's Paying For That Political Ad?
For voters living in swing sates, the barrage of political ads has already been unprecedented. Now there is an app, Ad Hawk, that can help you figure out who's paying for all those ads. it works similarly to Shazam, a smartphone app that can identify songs.
Somaliland: A Pocket Of Stability In A Chaotic Region
Two decades of peace — an anomaly in the turbulent Horn of Africa — are paying off for Somaliland, Somalia's secessionist northwestern enclave. Although not officially recognized as an independent nation, Somaliland is attracting investors, including a $17 million Coca-Cola bottling plant.