Single women who are moms by choice The number of single mothers has been on the rise in the U.S. for decades. While many of these women are teens and divorced moms, a growing number are women who have made a conscious decision to have kids on their own.6:55 a.m.
Candidates spend $31 million in Twin Cities on political ads Candidates, special interest groups and political parties spend millions of dollars trying to influence who you'll vote for on Election Day. One of the best, and most expensive, ways to do that is through TV advertising. MPR News took a look at how much the candidates have spent on TV advertising in the Twin Cities.7:20 a.m.
U.S. Senate campaign enters final weeks The latest polls show a close race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and DFL challenger Al Franken. Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley is in the race as well, polling at near 20percent. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with key strategists from each campaign.7:40 a.m.
Election officials prepare for November 4 If you are planning to vote in Minnesota on Nov. 4 and haven't registered yet, you'll have to register at your polling place on election day. Tuesday was the deadline for pre-registration in the state. DFLer Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's Secretary of State; he oversees the electoral process in the state.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Federal Plan To Invest In Banks Met With Caution
The government's $250 billion cash infusion into banks is to get them lending again. The Treasury Department is also taking an ownership stake in nine banks. While many bankers and economists express some concern about the plan, reaction has been mostly favorable.
Economy Steals Spotlight Among Debate Issues
The issue that has taken over the upcoming election is the economy. Uncertainty in the markets has forced presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain to adjust their economic proposals. Both candidates unveiled their plans this week — just in time for Wednesday's final debate.
Energy-Saving Windows A Legacy Of '70s Oil Crisis
You can't see it, but it has saved the United States billions of dollars in wasted energy. It's an invisible window coating that keeps heat out in the summer and in during winter. And it got its start during the last energy crisis, three decades ago.
Are All Those Angioplasties Necessary?
A new study helps explain why American medicine is so expensive, and why it's so hard to cut costs. It focuses on angioplasty — one of the most common procedures in modern medicine. The research finds that doctors often do angioplasty before finding out if patients would do just as well with treatment that costs a tenth as much.
European Rescue Plan Being Ironed Out In Brussels
European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels, just days after injecting billions of dollars into the financial system to loosen the credit market and bail out banks. The plan, involving 15 Eurozone countries, will be ironed out Wednesday.
Ex-GOP Strategist: Wall Street Needs Parole Officer
The Bush administration is moving forward with the financial bailout plan. Kevin Phillips, a former Republican strategist now known for his scathing criticisms of Republican policy, says Wall Street needs not only a rescue, but also a parole officer — and it should not be Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
Obama Ads Embedded In Video Games
Barack Obama has become the first presidential candidate to embed a political ad in a video game. New technology via the Internet allows ads to pop up on billboards and other signage within games to get the player's attention. The Obama campaign is running ads in 18 video games, targeting 10 states that allow early voting.
Critics Say Rules Too Vague To Cap CEO Pay
The legislation authorizing the government to spend up to $700 billion to help shore up the banking system includes provisions that cap what those banking executives may make. Critics say, however, that the standards are too vague to be anything more than political cover.
Don't Shop — Swap For It On The Internet
Since many people find themselves short of cash these days, the age-old practice of bartering is becoming more popular. Consumers are turning to the Internet to find goods or services that don't require cash. Among the "barter" listings on Craigslist is one that offers exotic dance lessons in exchange for an iPhone.