Weather with Mark Seeley Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked about the latest weather news with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley. They also looked ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
A closer look at standardized testing Put to the Test, a new documentary produced by American RadioWorks, takes a look at how high-stakes testing is affecting schools. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Emily Hanford, one of the producers of the documentary.7:50 a.m.
Vikings scrambling to avoid TV blackout The Minnesota Vikings have until 2 p.m. Friday to sell out the Metrodome and avoid a TV blackout of their first game of the season, this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Sean Jensen, who covers the Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iraq Strategy Shifts as Warring Factions Don't Unite
President Bush bypassed Baghdad and went to an air base in Anbar province. He met with tribal sheiks who have been working with the U.S. to drive out Islamic extremists. With the failure of the Iraqi government to unite, the Bush administration is slowly moving the goal posts.
Iran's Leadership Changes May Alter Policy
Two key leadership changes in Iran might affect Tehran's policies. The head of the Revolutionary Guards, the military force charged with defending Iran's Islamic system of government, was replaced. Iran's Assembly of Experts chose a new chairman.
'Yuma' Brings Back Western Movie Genre
Western movies used to be thick on the land, but they've become scarce at the multiplex. A new one, 3:10 to Yuma, is out now. It is a remake of the 1957 classic, and it stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
Violence a Key Issue for Guatemala Elections
Guatemala, the most violent country in Central America, holds local, congressional, and presidential elections this weekend. Almost 50 people linked to the candidates have been killed. The murders have become a key issue between the two leading contenders for the presidency.
Bill Clinton Urges 'Substantial Drawdown' in Iraq
While there has been some U.S. military success in Iraq, a "substantial drawdown" of American forces is needed this year, Bill Clinton says. U.S. troops are so stretched that it would be difficult for them to respond to a national security emergency, the former president says.
Marine Sergeant Testifies in Haditha Hearing
Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, accused in the deaths of Iraqi civilians, tells a military court "the threat had to be neutralized" after a roadside bomb hit his convoy and killed a fellow Marine. The officer overseeing hearings about the slayings in Haditha will make a court martial recommendation.
Lawmakers to Investigate Toy Safety
Democrats are set to launch investigations into toy safety and complaints about federal regulators. Toy maker Mattel announced a third recall of toys imported from China. Mattel and other toy makers have reportedly asked the government to impose mandatory safety-testing standards.
Jobs Report Shows First Decline in Four Years
Bad news this morning in the U.S. job market. Employment fell by 4,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department, the first drop in four years. The numbers reflect a job market that is much weaker than many analysts had believed.
Economic Anxiety Rises for Middle Class
New research on the middle class shows that economic anxiety is rising. The economy as a whole may be doing well, but personal finances are suffering. Seven out of 10 Americans report living paycheck to paycheck, meaning there never seems to be enough left over for savings.
Penny Pinching Benefits One Blogger
Dawn Meehan started a blog in hopes of getting extra income from ads on the site. She wrote about grocery shopping with her six kids and how hard it is to save money while the kids snuck things into the cart.