Commentary: Friday night is high school football night High school football has kicked into high gear across the state with the start of the new school year. Commentator Peter Smith says the perfect high school game experiences take place outside the metro area.6:55 a.m.
County tax hike proposed for HCMC The Hennepin County Board votes today on a proposal to increase the county's property tax levy by nearly 5 percent, with the bulk of the money to be used to cover costs of caring for uninsured patients at Hennepin County Medical Center.7:25 a.m.
A preview of back to school Summer ends today for thousands of students across Minnesota who are going back to school. The new year will feature a presidential address to students, schools gearing up for more H1N1 flu, and a number of districts are getting ready to ask voters for more money.7:40 a.m.
Police trained to handle domestic disturbances with care The death of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden demonstrates once again how dangerous domestic disputes can be for the police. Crittenden was shot and killed when responding to a domestic disturbance call yesterday.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Surreal' September Marked Depth Of Crisis
A year ago, the nation's financial system was in peril. Over the course of days, credit markets were paralyzed, storied investment banks went bust, and it seemed the world might be on the verge of a catastrophic depression.
A One-Company Town Loses Its Company
Three-quarters of the residents in the small Alabama town of Wadley worked at the same manufacturing plant until it closed down. Now citizens and lawmakers are searching for ways to keep the town's already high poverty rate from sinking further.
Global Financial Crisis Hits Mongolia's Grasslands
The International Monetary Fund has declared the worst of the global recession over, but that's not the case in Mongolia, where the financial crisis hit later than in the U.S. And a plunge in commodity prices — especially metals and wool — is having an enormous impact.
Battle Under Way Over Prize Money Donated To Kids
Georgia schools Superintendent Kathy Cox won $1 million on the Fox TV game show Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Cox pledged to give her winnings to schools for the deaf and blind, but her husband filed for bankruptcy. Now the creditors want the money.
Obama's Hurdle: Selling The Satisfied On Health Care
President Obama faces a hurdle in trying to push a health care overhaul to the roughly 180 million Americans who have private coverage. But sagging poll numbers, both for the president and his top domestic priority, show that so far, the public isn't buy what he's selling.
Illustrator Keeps Artistic Vision Despite Eye Injury
After nearly four decades of illustrating plants for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Alice Tangerini is still trying to perfect the art. But an eye injury has made her job more difficult, so she's had to make accommodations such as wearing an eye patch to allow her to focus better and using a computer to draw.
Cadbury Rejects Kraft's $16.7 Billion Bid
U.S. food giant Kraft made a surprise bid Monday for the storied British chocolate maker Cadbury. The nearly $17 billion offer was swiftly rejected. Kraft is not backing down — though it may have to sweeten its bid.
Energy Bill Blasted At W. Va. Rally
The American Petroleum Institute has been leading rallies across the country in opposition to an energy bill in Congress. The coal industry joined in with a big event in West Virginia on Monday.
Retailers' Shelves Make Room For Coconut Water
Over the last five years, coconut water has gained popularity among small stores. That's where new beverages made by small drink companies tend to first get shelf space. For the past five years, two entrepreneurs have been trying to get New Yorkers hooked on coconut water. Now Coke and Pepsi are getting into the game.
Four Try To Take Chili's Pepper Logo 'To Go'
Forget the Baby Back Ribs, somebody wanted the giant chili pepper on the roof of a Chili's restaurant in southern Vermont. Police in Bennington say four people have been caught trying to steal it. Authorities say the group ran 470 feet of extension cord across a four-lane road and through a Home Depot parking lot to power an electric drill used to detach the logo. The four's getaway was thwarted by an alarm.