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On ATC: Labor peace at Mesaba, South Dakota's special session and a crisis in the timber industry

Posted at 4:36 PM on October 31, 2006 by Bill Wareham

Mesaba Airlines struck a tentative deal today with its mechanics, the third such deal since Saturday. A judge had said the bankrupt airline could impose contract terms on its workers, but Mesaba and the unions continued to negotiate. William Wilcoxen will have a report.

South Dakota's Senate will go into special session later this month to investigate one of its own. Flandreau Sen. Dan Sutton has been accused of inappropriate conduct with a page. MPR's Cara Hetland describes the backdrop for the session.

Is it TIMBER!!! for the timber industry? In the second part of our two-part series Bob Kelleher explains what's going on to cause such concern among loggers and others in the wood products industry.