Health Department says it's safe to eat more fish in Minnesota When the Department of Health said earlier this year that it was safe to eat more Minnesota-caught fish, the decision raised the question: Are Minnesota's lakes and rivers becoming cleaner? Nearly half of the state's waters are listed as impaired.6:20 a.m.
New book explores the lore and beauty of Minnesota fish Minnesota boasts the highest number of anglers per capita in the U.S. and the most fishing lakes. A new book pairs stories about the state's many species of fish with drawings by illustrator Joseph R. Tomelleri.6:50 a.m.
3rd District candidates all promise change The three candidates running to represent Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District have their seventh and final debate today on MPR's Midday program. The race unfolding in the Minneapolis suburbs is one of the most competitive and most expensive in the country.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
For Some, Housing Crisis Stress Is Unbearable
It's only natural to worry as the value of homes and investments falls. But the financial crisis is hitting some people harder than others. In California, where the housing meltdown started early, some of the financial losses are turning into human tragedies.
South Dakotans Again Consider An Abortion Ban
For the second election in a row, voters are being asked to decide whether to ban most abortions in the state. Backers of the measure hope it will pass and go on to challenge Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling. Opponents hope voters again will exercise a libertarian streak and just say no.
A Light Take On The Gravity-Time Relationship
It's hard for the average person to understand one of Albert Einstein's great insights: that time is not the same for everybody everywhere. Theoretical physicist Brian Greene explains and explores in Icarus at the Edge of Time.
Obama Tells Supporters To Vote Early
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama spent the weekend in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, trying to turn those states blue. They went for President Bush in 2004. Obama has been urging the huge crowds that turn out at his rallies to vote early.
McCain: Democrats In Total Control Is A Bad Idea
Republican presidential nominee John McCain says he isn't worried about polls that show him trailing Democrat Barack Obama by double-digits. McCain is making the case that voters should elect him to ensure a check on the Democratic Congress. McCain says a Democratic takeover of Washington would spell economic disaster.
Newspapers Endorse Presidential Candidates
Newspapers have been making presidential endorsements. Republican John McCain won the backing of his home state's largest paper, The Arizona Republic. The Chicago Tribune endorsed Chicago resident Barack Obama — the first time that paper has endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. And Obama received the backing from another paper you might not expect — the Anchorage Daily News. The state's largest newspaper was not swayed by the fact that McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, is the state's governor.
Examining Democracy In Southeast Asia
Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim majority country, and it has become Southeast Asia's most vibrant and healthy democracy. That might sound incredible to those who remember Indonesia as a police state run by the dictator Suharto. And despite problems such as terrorist bombings and the tsunami four years ago, Indonesia is clearly at the head of the democratic class.
Furniture Sales Hurt By Slump In Home Sales
If the tumultuous economy is this year's top "kitchen-table" issue, that isn't good news for people who sell kitchen tables, coffee tables and other furniture. The furniture industry is experiencing a tough year — September sales were down about 10 percent from a year ago. The mood was glum at the world's largest furniture industry trade show in High Point, N.C.
Washington State Man Doesn't Lack Initiative
For more than a decade, Tim Eyman has been known as Washington state's ballot initiative king. He puts a new initiative on the ballot every year, and he has more raw political power than almost any single member of the state legislature.
Thailand To Barter Grain For Oil
Thailand's commerce minister said Monday that his country will send senior officials to Iran next month to barter grain for petroleum. Thailand is the world's biggest rice exporter, and Iran was one of its biggest customers until rice prices skyrocketed earlier this year. Iran stopped most of its imports, as did many other countries. Thailand now has millions of tons of rice sitting around.