Colorful first St. Paul mayoral debate While the race for mayor of Minneapolis features 35 candidates, the race for mayor of St. Paul is decidedly less competitive this year. Incumbent Chris Coleman has drawn just three challengers. They met for their first first debate last night.5:35 a.m.
Paranormal investigator says the inexplicable has happened to him It's a weekend for Halloween parties and ghost stories. Tomorrow afternoon at the historic Warden's House in Stillwater, a group of "paranormal investigators" will share what they've found at a few notable Minnesota locations that some people claim are haunted.6:25 a.m.
GOP straw poll to test early strength of Dayton challengers GOP delegates will meet Saturday to vote their early preferences for governor and U.S. Senate in a non-binding straw poll. The poll is imperfect -- many past winners did not end up as the party nominee. GOP leaders, though, still see it as an important test for candidates and their messages.6:50 a.m.
Southeastern Minnesota unusually cold recently MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about below normal temperatures in Minnesota this past week, especially in southeastern Minnesota. He also has an early peek at the weather forecast for trick-or-treaters going out on Halloween.6:55 a.m.
Ponder gets another shot as Vikings QB On Sunday, for the second week in a row, the Minnesota Vikings will be featured on national television -- this time against the Packers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the teams revolving door at quarterback.8:45 a.m.
The refurbished Cathedral of St. Paul pipe organs come to life Over the last three years, The Cathedral of St. Paul's two pipe organs were taken completely apart and cleaned, the leather windchests were replaced and more than 1,000 pipes were added. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation raised $3.4 million dollars to pay for the restoration.8:48 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Saudi Female Activists To Get Behind The Wheel Again
On Saturday, Saudi activists are calling for a national "drive-in," encouraging women to break the country's ban on women driving. Many are not waiting for the start date. One female activist has a long history in this movement: Madiha Al Ajroush, who took part in the first driving protest in 1990.
What Would It Take To Get Syrian Opposition To Peace Talks?
Syria's Western-backed opposition leaders still have not agreed to attend peace talks planned in Geneva next month. Steve Inskeep talks with Dr. Najib Ghadbian, the special representative to the United States for the Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition political group, about what would get them to the table.
How To Solve A Sky-High Commuting Conundrum
In Portland, Ore., doctors and patients get to the Oregon Health and Science University not by a twisty, two-lane road up Marquam Hill, but by a gleaming silver gondola. The aerial tram has cut the commute from up to 45 minutes to a three-minute ride in the sky.
What Small Businesses May Lose By Using Online Tools
Digital tools make starting a small business easier than ever. There are apps and websites to incorporate, find lawyers, make payroll, manage HR and marketing. Convenience can come at a price, however, if it means entrepreneurs aren't making personal connections as they establish their businesses.
Newtown Residents Demolish A School, And Violent Memories
In Newtown, Conn., demolition work has started at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Bricks will be pulverized and steel melted down. Workers must sign agreements forbidding any public discussion of the site. Last year, a shooting there left six adults and 20 students dead.
A Diagram Of HealthCare.gov, Based On The People Who Built It
We used the testimonies of the biggest contractors involved with the HealthCare.gov application system to create this guide to how the site's various parts work together, and how the complex system for registering you for health insurance is supposed to work.
Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues
Some clinics say they can't comply with a Texas law set to go into effect next week. It adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Laws like the one in Texas have passed in more than a dozen states.
Twitter Announces Share Price Range For IPO
Twitter announced late Thursday that share prices for its hotly anticipated initial public offering will be between $17 and $20. This is far less than what many analysts were predicting the social media site would list for. With 70 million shares up for sale, the offering should raise about $1.4 billion. According to The Wall Street Journal, this would value Twitter at about $11 billion total.
Icahn Sinks His Teeth Into Apple's Stock Buyback Plan
Activist investor Carl Icahn has increased his stake in Apple and is pushing the company to replace its own stock buyback plan with a much more ambitious proposal. In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Icahn said that, given the size of Apple's cash holdings, its stock buyback should be $150 billion instead of the planned $60 billion.