The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden turns 20 Twenty years ago this week, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opened to the public. It's one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country. MPR's Cathy Wurzer recently took a walking tour of the garden with Olga Viso, head of the Walker Art Center.6:50 a.m.
RNC organizers wonder what's next The host cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul say they will assess how everything went last week, ranging from public safety to behind-the-scenes logistics. And they're also looking at what's next.7:20 a.m.
Vikings open against Packers, without Favre The Minnesota Vikings open their season tonight against Green Bay. This will be the first time since 1992 that the Vikings will take the field against the Packers and not see quarterback Brett Favre looking back at them.8:25 a.m.
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Treasury Department To Bolster Fannie, Freddie
The federal government Sunday took control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to stabilize the housing market and end questions about the firms' finances. The Treasury Department is expected to provide billions of dollars to shore up the beleaguered mortgage giants.
Paulson: Mortgage Takeover Key For Economy
The federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is aimed at preventing a "serious risk to the financial system," which is "critical to our overall economy," Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson tells NPR.
Energy A Priority As Congress Returns From Break
Lawmakers return to Washington this week energized by their conventions and turning their attention to energy. House Republicans stayed in town over the break to demand an end to the ban on offshore drilling. Democrats now appear to be more open to compromise.
Boeing Machinists Strike Over Pay, Health Benefits
Boeing's 27,000 union machinists are on strike. Talks between the aerospace company and the International Association of Machinists broke down over the weekend after the parties failed to come to an agreement on pay and health benefits.
Berlusconi's Alitalia Rescue Plan Faces Hurdles In EU
Alitalia is on the verge of liquidation in a few weeks. Now the only hope for Italy's flagship air carrier is a controversial rescue plan proposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. But the plan would lay off thousands and could face obstacles in the European Union.
Women's Pay Disparity A Growing Campaign Issue
Aiming for women voters, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has made equal pay for equal work a growing issue in his campaign. He's pushing for a Senate bill that would nullify a Supreme Court ruling that gives women a 180-day limit to file complaints about unequal pay.
Palin's Nomination Fuels Working-Moms Debate
Breaking the so-called glass ceiling in politics or business is seen as a mark of progress for women in America. But women who do that while they raise kids often receive critical scrutiny over how they manage work and family in a way that men never do.
Fannie, Freddie News Boosts Asian Markets
The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was good news for Asian markets — they surged the most in seven months. Analysts say the government takeover removed the uncertainty stalking the markets and renewed investor confidence.
Fate Of Fannie, Freddie Left To Next Administration
The Bush administration Sunday seized the two housing finance giants that together own or guarantee about half the nation's home loans. But the Treasury Department did not say what it thinks should happen next, says David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.
'Rent' Ends 12-Year Run On Broadway
The housing crisis may not be over, but the curtain has gone down on one story about trying to keep a roof overhead. The Broadway musical Rent ended its 12-year run Sunday, after 5,124 performances. Rent is a modern day version of La Boheme, Puccini's opera about starving artists in Paris.