Non-profits may lose property tax exemption Leaders in Minnesota's non-profit community are strategizing over how to respond to a decision by the state's top court. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that could jeopardize the property tax exemption for non-profits in the state.7:20 a.m.
The Christmas tree debate: Real or fake? Did you think of the ecological consequences of your Christmas tree? Minnesota Public Radio did some homework on whether real or artificial trees are better for the environment.7:25 a.m.
Gift suggestions for art lovers With less than a week until Christmas, shoppers are entering the final sprint. Instead of a sweater or scarf, how about giving a little culture this holiday season? Arts commentator Dominic Papatola has a few suggestions.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
John Edwards Appeals to New Hampshire Voters
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards tours New Hampshire with blues singers Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne at his side. The former senator from North Carolina has been spreading his message of "America Rising" as he tries to catch up in the polls with party rivals.
Thompson Accelerates Pitch to Iowa Voters
Two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is still introducing himself to voters. The former senator from Tennessee is following a more traditional political path — a bus tour across the rural sections of Iowa.
'Charlie Wilson's War' Was Unlikely, But True
Tom Hanks talks about playing the role of a party boy Texas congressman who unexpectedly took up the fight of Afghan mujahedeen in the 1980s. Charlie Wilson and his unlikely allies managed to funnel powerful weapons to the soldiers as they fought the Soviets during the Cold War.
EPA Refuses California's Stricter Limits on Emissions
In a setback for California's efforts to cut greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency says the state cannot set its own limit for lower tailpipe emissions. California and 17 other states want to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and SUVs below federal levels.
'Generation Next' in the Slow Lane to Adulthood
Recent studies find that Generation Next, those people age 18 to 25, are taking their time growing up compared with that age group in past decades. Psychologists are calling it "emerging adulthood," and say cultural changes in the past five decades have created a lengthened path to independence.
Pakistan Highway a Surprise Obsession
Pakistan's M2 highway, as wide and clean as a freshly minted air strip, has become an unexpected obsession. It has six lanes that carve a path across the plains of the Punjab, from the city of Lahore to the capitol Islamabad and beyond. The M2 is South Asia's first motorway.
General Mills Anticipates Higher Prices
Food packaging giant General Mills says it expects higher food and energy costs in the coming year. The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Pillsbury says higher prices for basic ingredients like corn and wheat means reducing discounts to customers.
Farmers Scramble to Profit from Wheat Shortage
The price of wheat has doubled because of a global wheat shortage and strong demand. While consumers and food makers swallow the higher food prices, farmers are starting to plant wheat in hopes of cashing in on the shortage.
NYC Pricey Food Trend Leads to $1,000 Bagel
New York City is home to many exorbitantly priced culinary delights such as the $25,000 sundae and $10,000 martini. Now, there's a $1,000 bagel. It is whole wheat, available without toppings for $1.20. But it is what's on the bagel that boosts the price: white truffles and gold leaf jelly.
Bronzing No Longer Just for Shoes
Bronzing is commonly associated with baby shoes, but now customers send all sorts of items to the bronzing vats. Food items are difficult to bronze, but not impossible. One company, The Bronzery, will even encase the $1,000 New York bagel — forever keeping it from going stale — for $98.95.