One-On-One: Regulating silica 'frac' sand mining In a one-on-one debate, MPR explores silica sand mining with two men who have differing perspectives: GOP state Sen. John Howe of Red Wing, an area which is rich in silica sand, and Fred Corrigan, the executive director of the Aggregate and Ready Mix Association of Minnesota.6:35 a.m.
Many homeowners to get smaller property tax bill in 2013 In contrast with recent years, many Minnesota homeowners will see smaller property tax bills in 2013. But not because of a change in state policy or newfound efficiency in local governments, it's because the property tax burden is shifting onto farms and businesses.7:20 a.m.
Some black leaders say goal of voter ID requirement to suppress vote Many opponents of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls say it unfairly deters minorities, the elderly and students from voting, and amounts to an effort aimed at suppressing support from traditionally Democratic constituencies.8:20 a.m.
Colorado Voters Get Revved Up Over Energy Policy
Some voters in the swing state's Larimer County say too much federal regulation is keeping the U.S. overly reliant on foreign oil. Others argue the government should help businesses move toward sustainability.
Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get New Protections
The national bank settlement over robo signing takes effect Wednesday. And the California monitor for the settlement says the most notable complaint her office gets is for "dual-tracking." That's when homeowners are on track to be foreclosed on while trying to get a mortgage modification.
Iran's Currency Drops Sharply In Value
Over the past week, the rial has lost 40 percent of its value, falling to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar. Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran Bureau Chief for The New York Times, about the devaluation, and what the potential collapse of the rial means for regional politics and U.S. policy.
U.S. Border Agent Shot Dead In Arizona
The investigation continues into Tuesday's fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border. He was one of three agents responding to a ground sensor activated just north of the border. A second agent was wounded in the attack.
How Politicians Get Away With Dodging The Question
In political debates, candidates frequently avoid uncomfortable topics by diverting the conversation to an unrelated strength. Many politicians hire debate coaches who have perfected this technique, called "the pivot." So why do these dodges usually evade our cognitive radar? A psychologist explains.
U.S. Auto Sales In September Show Vast Improvement
U.S. auto sales last month were the best they've been in more than four years, according to numbers compiled by an industry group. Toyota led the way with more than a 40 percent jump from a year ago. Experts give credit for the boost in sales to cheap financing for car loans, and growing consumer confidence.
Wal-Mart's Female Employees File Suit In Tennessee
Wal-Mart employees in Tennessee say the company pays and promotes men ahead of women. Some of those women filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court Tuesday. It's the first of several planned lawsuits.
In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom
Washington state apple growers are harvesting the second-largest crop in history, but it appears there won't be enough workers to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough. The next few weeks are when the bulk of the region's fruit is picked. The labor shortage comes as apple prices are high.
On Google Maps, Lens Flares Look Like UFOs
People in Texas, New Mexico and South Carolina have noticed strange pink shapes in the air on Google Maps Street View. They look just like UFOs in a sci-fi movie. One local TV station in South Carolina had an expert take a look. His conclusion: lens flares.