Mark Ritchie moves into Secretary of State's office Minnesota's new Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, is one of many officeholders settling into new offices at the Capitol. Ritchie, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Mary Kiffmeyer in the November 2006 election. He talked with MPR's Tom Crann about his new duties.5:23 p.m.
Boston Scientific cutting up to 600
Boston Scientific Corporation has announced it will cut 500 to 600 jobs, the majority of them at the company's facility in Arden Hills.
MPR's Tom Crann spoke with medical device analyst Thomas Gunderson to assess the current strength of the cardiac rhythm management business.5:49 p.m.
Building a house from close to home A lot of people are trying to buy locally-produced food. Some look for locally-made clothing. But how about buying a house made of locally-produced timber? That's what's happening in Aitkin. It's affordable, very energy-efficient, and it's going up in an area facing a housing crunch.5:53 p.m.
Democrats May Tighten Pursestrings on Iraq
President Bush will speak to the nation Wednesday night about his plans for how to proceed in the Iraq war. Central to his strategy is an expected increase in t-- overall level of U.S. --rces in Iraq. On Capitol Hill, the ruling Democrats and some Republicans oppose such an escalation.
Why the Surge in Using 'Surge' for Troop Levels?
Robert Siegel explores the meaning of the word "surge" as applied to increased U.S. troop strength in Iraq. Guy Raz says that Pentagon officials don't use the term and consider it a media creation. Linguist Deborah Tannen says "surge" might be in use because it has positive connotations, and sounds a little like the word "insurgent."
Rice Announces Expected Shifts in Iraq Team
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes official key personnel changes that were first reported last week. Zalmay Khalilzad, who has served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, has been nominated to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador in Pakistan, has been nominated to replace Khalilzad in Iraq.
Adoption Agency Offers Up Embryos to Couples
A company in San Antonio is creating what it says is the world's first embryo bank. The embryos in the bank will not be used for research. Instead, they'll be available to infertile couples who wish to have a child.
Embryo Technology Puts Focus on Ethics
Michele Norris talks with Robin Alta Charo about the ethics of embryo banks. Charo is a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Former Workers File Suit Over Illegal Hiring
In Texas, a group of former employees is accusing the Swift meatpacking company of conspiring to hire illegal workers in order to depress wages. They filed suit after the immigration agency raided Swift plants in six states last month, arresting more than a thousand illegal immigrants.
Dallas Pizza Chain to Accept Pesos on Trial Basis
As of today, a Dallas-based chain of pizza restaurants will accept both U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos as payment. The trial program will last through February at Pizza Patron locations in five states. The company has 59 restaurants in the United States.
Reuse, Recycle, and Make a Racket
In today's SoundClip, listener Keihly Moore of Iowa State University in Ames describes the sound of hundreds of cans plunging down a five-story recycling chute at the school's College of Design.
In Praise of Ramen, and Its Inventor
College students, raise your wallets to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of a staple food for students and other folks eating on the cheap. Ando is credited with inventing ramen noodles.
Schwarzenegger Urges Cuts in State Welfare
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes big rollbacks in California's welfare system. It would affect thousands of children whose parents are undocumented or don't work enough. The announcement comes as the governor is also calling for health-insurance coverage for California children, even those who are in the country illegally.