Smaller runs but smelt tradition alive and well in Duluth Forty years ago, Duluth was nuts over smelt. Hordes of people flocked to Lake Superior streams and beaches every spring to net the the small silver fish. The smelt population crashed in the 1980s, but diehard smelters are still keeping the tradition alive.4:53 p.m.
AG: Fairview debt collector illegally used patient data Attorney General Lori Swanson on Tuesday released the results of her office's investigation into Fairview Health Services' relationship with a debt collection company she has accused of violating federal and state patient privacy and debt collection laws. Swanson said the results provide further evidence that Accretive Health engaged in illegal activity.5:15 p.m.
Senate committee approves stadium plan The Minnesota Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee topped off a day of wheeling and dealing on a new Vikings stadium by approving the plan Tuesday afternoon.5:19 p.m.
Obama Takes Multistate Trip To Woo College Voters
President Obama kicked off a three university tour on Tuesday at UNC-Chapel Hill. Student debt now surpasses credit card debt in the U.S., and Obama is pressing Congress to pass an act that would keep interest rates on those loans from doubling this summer. Robert Siegel talks to Scott Horsley.
Student Loan Debt Exceeds One Trillion Dollars
President Obama wants Congress to extend the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which would freeze interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans for one year. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Kantrowitz, a student loan expert and publisher of FinAid.org for a primer on student loans and repayments.
Senate Democrats Blast Arizona Immigration Law
On the eve of oral arguments in an important immigration case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the issue came to Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer convened a Senate hearing on the controversial Arizona law.
Study: Mexican Immigration To U.S. Drops Sharply
Mexican immigration to the United States has dropped sharply in recent years, according to a recently released study from the Pew Hispanic Center. Robert Siegel talks with Rafael Fernandez de Castro, a political analyst in Mexico City who specializes in U.S.-Mexico relations, about the reasons behind the drop off.
Both Community And Garden Grow In 'Seedfolks'
An inner-city Cleveland community is drawn closer together as it works to transform a dirty vacant lot into a lush communal garden in Seedfolks. Author Paul Fleischman says the title came from an old word meaning "ancestors."
A Bug's Life: Store Caters To Collectors Of Crawly Pets
Ken "The Bug Guy" MacNeil, host of the Science Channel's Bugging Out, has opened a pet shop devoted to insects in Tucson, Ariz. His inventory of about 10,000 includes tarantulas, scorpions and hissing cockroaches from Madagascar, all for sale as pets.
Through Debt And Derision, Gingrich Keeps Running
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is more than $4 million in debt, but he keeps campaigning, despite having no chance of seizing the GOP nomination from Mitt Romney. Some critics say Gingrich's dogged refusal to leave the race could seriously damage his political brand.
First Criminal Charges Filed In BP Gulf Oil Spill
The first criminal charges were filed on Tuesday in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. An engineer for BP was charged with obstruction of justice for deleting hundreds of text messages after the spill. Carrie Johnson talks to Robert Siegel.