First day of school for St. Paul Public Schools' new superintendent
Today is the first day of school for most of Minnesota's students and teachers and the beginning of St Paul Public Schools 150th year. The district is marking its sesquicentennial with a new superintendent, Meria Carstarphen, who was hired last spring from Washington, D.C. Cathy Wurzer spoke with the St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent before she began her first day of school.7:19 a.m.
Attorney General race competitive, courteous
Steve Kelley, Bill Luther, and Lori Swanson are campaigning hard to win the DFL nomination for attorney general. But none of the three candidates has been willing to criticize their primary opponents.7:24 a.m.
Crime victim visa slow going Federal officials have failed to meet a deadline for implementing a special visa designed to encourage illegal immigrants to help with criminal investigations. Regulations for the U visa should be out soon. A 16 year old in southern Minnesota hopes that's true.7:43 a.m.
Whose recovery is it...now? In September 2004, with the economy reported to be on an upswing, Minnesota Public Radio asked a question: "Whose recovery is it?" We took a journey across the economic recovery, with stops ranging from a money manager for millionaires to the panhandler at a freeway off-ramp. Now two years later, we've gone back to four of these people to find out how their lives have changed.7:49 a.m.
Tuesday Markets with Chris Farrell
Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News' Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell about the labor market, inflation speculation and expected increases in the price for coffee.8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Samaritan Patrols Bridge for China's Lost Souls
In China, suicide is now the leading cause of death for Chinese men between the ages of 15 and 34, and a bridge in Nanjing has become a popular spot for the despondent to end their lives. But one man has made it his mission to keep people from jumping, even if it means putting himself in danger.
Israeli Forces Watch Over Lebanon Villages
United Nations peacekeepers and Lebanese army forces continue to deploy in south Lebanon. But the slow pace is frustrating some Lebanese villagers, who complain about continued harassment and abuse by Israeli forces still in the area.
Drought Kills Crops on Great Plains
A drought has been lingering in the Great Plains for six years. A federal meteorologist calls it the third-worst U.S. drought on record. Farmers in some parts of the country have endured Dust Bowl-like conditions this summer.
Corn Palace Suffers from the Drought
The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., won't get a makeover this year. Normally -- every Fall -- the building is redecorated with a new crop of corn. But dry conditions from the drought in the Great Plains have forced organizers to cancel the annual ritual.
Court President Backs Calderon Win in Mexico
The president of Mexico's top electoral court recommends upholding Felipe Calderon's win in the July presidential election, rejecting a challenge from the candidate from the left, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Mexico has been in turmoil since the election -- with Lopez Obrador charging that massive fraud aided Calderon.
Japan Prepares for New Royal's Arrival
Japan's Princess Kiko is scheduled to give birth by a Caesarean operation Wednesday. It's widely believed she will give the country its first imperial male heir in more than 40 years. Only males are allowed to succeed to the throne under current law.
Cable Networks Gain Viewers with Edgy Shows
Broadcast television networks are built on pulling in big numbers of viewers. But basic cable channels such as TNT, FX and USA are enjoying increasing success with edgier shows. The cable networks are able to succeed with smaller viewership numbers than their broadcast counterparts.
Congress Returns to Business with Eye on Elections
Congress gets back to business during the month of September. House members, and senators up for re-election, will be positioning themselves for the October campaign. There's likely to be considerable talk about defense and national security issues.