Budget forecast puts squeeze on spending plans Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers got a budget forecast that prompted both relief and disappointment on Wednesday. The state's fiscal outlook looks much the same as it did last November and so do the battles over spending that lie ahead.5:18 p.m.
Whither 3M? George Buckley took the CEO job at Maplewood-based 3M a little more than a year ago. At the time there was speculation Buckley would put more of a priority on the science and engineering that has been at the company's core. The jury is still out on whether Buckley will provide the business leadership 3M needs.5:22 p.m.
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Stocks Bounce Back after Tuesday's Steep Fall
Wall Street leapt out to early gains the morning after a 416-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and held on for a rally that eased fears of a deeper slump. Investors had been anxious following a sell-off in China.
Computer Glitch Worsened a Bad Day for Stocks
Part of the sharp plunge in the Dow Jones index Tuesday was triggered by a computer glitch. When the malfunction was discovered shortly before 2 p.m., the switch to backup computers caused the bellwether average to drop 200 points just before 3 p.m.
AirTran Makes a Play for Midwest Airlines
The low-cost airline AirTran is attempting a hostile takeover of the venerable Midwest Airlines, which is based in Milwaukee, Wis. Opponents of the takeover say that Midwest, famous for its fresh-baked cookies and wide leather seats, might lose its individual merits.
Health Care Scarce for Many in New Orleans
Volunteer groups recently held the Greater New Orleans Medical Recovery Week. Volunteer physicians, nurses and technicians saw 500 to 600 patients a day during the event. Many who received care waited in line overnight because they had no other place to turn for help.
Bush Talks Foreign; States Want Domestic Care
When President Bush addressed a meeting of the National Governors Association on Monday, he spoke at length about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he failed to address a bigger concern for many governors: a shortfall in the states' health-care funding for low-income children.
Senate Panel Begins Immigration Debate Anew
The Senate Judiciary Committee discusses how to sell the idea of a mass legalization to a skeptical American public, many of whom oppose "amnesty." The panel is picking up the immigration issue pretty much where it left off last year.
Somalian Refugee Finds Connections in Seattle
Koshin Mohamed, a Somali refugee, works as a shopkeeper in southern Seattle. He says he has been tapped by the new transitional government in Somalia to be the new Somalian Ambassador to the United States. But the 28-year-old has found some powerful allies in the world of conservative U.S. politics.
Group Faults Al Gore on Environmental Claims
Melissa Block talks with Mark Trexler, President of Trexler Climate and Energy Services in Portland, Ore. Trexler will talk about carbon offsets — what they are, and how a small consumer can reduce carbon emissions.
A Mother's Abandonment and a Life in Art, Nature The Day My Mother Left tells the story of a young boy whose mother leaves him — and how that experience stokes his love of art and nature. Author and artist James Prosek discusses the work, which is fiction but largely autobiographical.
Arkansans Quibble Over the Possessive 'S'
Melissa Block talks with Rep. Steve Harrelson, a Democrat in the Arkansas legislature. On Tuesday, Harrelson introduced a resolution to declare the correct way to write the possessive form of the state's name. That would be, he says, "Arkansas's." Not everyone agrees, however, including the largest newspaper in Little Rock.