Small towns turn to alternative power Municipal utility companies are finding that in some cases renewable energy may have a price advantage. They're under state pressure to diversify their energy sources.6:52 a.m.
Keep your butts outside Minnesota smokers beware. If you're headed to a restaurant or bar, you'll have to take that cigarette break outside. Monday, Oct. 1 is the first day of Minnesota's new statewide smoking ban.7:20 a.m.
Monday Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics reporter, Chris Farrell, talks with Morning Edition about the state of the U.S. market and the upcoming unemployment report.7:54 a.m.
Can the Twins bounce back next season? The Twins finished with their first losing season in years, and two stars may leave the team in the off-season. Sports commentator LaVelle Neal considers their future.8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Senate Race Marked Edwards as Rising Political Star
During his first run for office in 1998, Democrat John Edwards used his telegenic personality and a populist message to win a North Carolina Senate race. For much of the past five years, his sights have been set on the White House.
Japan Wrestles with Kyoto Accord Promises
The Japanese government says it will meet its Kyoto target, but a steady rise in commercial construction, transportation use and lifestyle changes are steering the rate of carbon emissions in the wrong direction.
Richard Russo's Small-Town America
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo knows small towns well. He writes about them and grew up in one. His new novel, Bridge of Sighs, captures the dilemma of leaving — or staying in — a small town like his own.
Rebels Kill African Union Peacekeepers in Darfur
At least 10 African Union soldiers were killed in Darfur over the weekend when about 1,000 rebels from the Sudan Liberation Army, the largest rebel group in Darfur, attacked the peacekeepers' base outside the town of Haskanita.
North and South Korea to Convene Summit
Leaders of North and South Korea are due to meet in Pyongyang, marking only the second time in history that the governments have come together. The meeting had previously been delayed in part due to North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and its tensions with the United States.
Presidential Campaigns Tally Q3 Fundraising
Presidential hopefuls are soon to disclose how much money they raised for the third quarter that ended Sept. 30. But the money that the campaigns had on hand may even more critical, analysts say, and the major candidates weren't rushing to say how much they had.
Payday Loan Interest Rates Capped at 36 Percent
A new federal law bans predatory lenders from taking advantage of military personnel and their families. Check-cashing stores around military bases often charge annual interest rates of 300 percent. But the new law caps interest at 36 percent for loans to active-duty military and their families.
Detainee Rights to Top Supreme Court Docket
The rights of Guantanamo detainees will figure prominently in the new Supreme Court term, which begins Monday. The high court also takes up issues ranging from sentencing disparities based on race to conspiracies between corporations and their vendors.
Justice Clarence Thomas' Memoir Hits Stores
The Supreme Court's new term begins just as one of the justices tells his life story. In a new autobiography, called My Grandfather's Son, Clarence Thomas unapologetically recounts the battle over his nomination in 1991.
UBS Reports $700-Million Quarterly Loss, Job Cuts
Swiss banking giant UBS, the world's largest wealth manager, reveals a loss of almost $700 million in the third quarter. That makes UBS one of the highest-profile victims of the crisis in the global credit markets. UBS also announced it is cutting 1,500 jobs and sweeping out two senior managers.