'Lessening Fear Through Creativity' A public art project, called "Lessening Fear Through Creativity" opens Friday at the Minneapolis Public Library. It is designed to get people to consider panhandlers in a new light.6:50 a.m.
Ethanol celebrates a milestone It was ten years ago that Minnesota became the first state to require a 10 percent blend of ethanol in all gas. Now, the industry is experiencing a glut and prices are in the dumper. So, is this fledgling industry mature enough so that our policies around it should change?7:20 a.m.
St. Paul restaurant lives on St. Paul has had a slew of restaurant closings this year: Fhima's, Margaux and A Rebours. In one St. Paul neighborhood, patrons were upset when their local restaurant, 128 cafe closed. Now as the restaurant re-opens, local foodies are discussing the importance of neighborhood restaurants to the neighborhood, and to the city.7:24 a.m.
A "quick-fire" wrap-up of holiday theater with Commentator Dominic Papatola There's so much holiday fare on the local theater scene that it's difficult to sum it all up in just a few minutes. But Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola agreed to a lightning-round in which he tries to answer as many questions as possible about what's happening on local stages between now and New Year's Day.8:40 a.m.
Romney Faces Questions over Faith in S. Carolina
Many conservative voters are hesitant to back Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose faith is Mormon. The former Massachusetts governor faces a particular challenge in South Carolina, where voters are largely evangelical.
Catholic Bishops Offer Voting Guidelines
U.S. bishops of the Catholic Church say, "Political choices may affect individual salvation." The group has issued guidelines for every presidential election in the past three decades. Instead of endorsing specific candidates, the bishops seek to make fighting abortion a priority in political decisions.
Bush Administration the First Steered by Oilmen
The Bush White House is the first to be headed by a president and vice president with backgrounds in the oil business. The administration has produced a consistent approach to energy policy: finding new supplies and securing the old.
Senate Panel to Vote on Immunity for Phone Firms
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on a bill Thursday to revise the federal wiretap law. Within that bill is a provision that would shield phone companies from lawsuits after they gave the government access to their customers' phone calls and Internet traffic without a warrant.
Calif. Launches Terrorist Drill 'Golden Guardian'
California launched a major homeland security and disaster preparedness exercise called Golden Guardian, bringing together more than 3,000 emergency responders statewide. Using make-believe bombs, the drill was real enough to show responders what they might be up against.
Seniors Urged to Research Their Drug-Plan Options
It's the annual six-week open-enrollment period, when Medicare patients can join or switch drug plans for 2008. Medicare officials say that seniors should give their drug-benefit plan a checkup and decide whether it's still the best, most cost-effective option.
Red Wine Pills: Buyer Beware
Ever since studies showed a compound in red wine boosted longevity in mice, sales of red wine supplements have skyrocketed. But little is known about resveratrol's effectiveness in humans, and lab tests show supplements aren't all they're cracked up to be.
Economists Predict More Turmoil, Not Recession
Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal say the credit crisis will continue to take a toll. When asked if the problems in the housing market will spill over into consumer spending, four out of five economists said "yes." Still, they are not predicting a recession.
Merrill Lynch Picks John Thain as CEO
Merrill Lynch selects John Thain as CEO. He is currently the head of the New York Stock Exchange, and will begin his new job on Dec. 1. Thain is credited with leading the NYSE through a challenging period that included the exchange's initial public offering and a move into electronic trading.
Toyota Sees a Drop in Reliability Ratings
Toyota took a plunge in its reliability rating by Consumer Reports. Overall the Japanese carmaker is still doing well, experts say. But its pickup has problems with the bed; it's tearing itself apart. Toyota has grown so fast it's having trouble keeping up with its own growth.