Storm plans are in place, but can't protect everyone Is the Twin Cities metro area ready to handle a major tornado, like the one that swept through Joplin, Missouri, a year ago? We take a look at how various public and private entities are prepared in this special report from MPR News and KARE 11 News.5:35 p.m.
Greeks To Head Back To Ballot Box After Talks Fail
Greece will hold new elections after political leaders failed to agree on a governing coalition to run the economically-troubled country. In the meantime, a caretaker government will manage the country until the new vote can be held next month.
For New French President, Germany Is First Stop
Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have different ideas about how to address Europe's financial turmoil. Their relationship will help set the tone for what happens next in Europe.
Hollande Talks Austerity With Merkel On First Day
Robert Siegel talks to Sylvie Kauffman, editorial director of the French daily Le Monde and Josef Joffe, editor of the German weekly, Die Zeit and senior fellow at Stanford University. They discuss Tuesday's meeting between Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel.
Court Action May Lift Anonymity For Some Campaign Donors
As of now, nonprofit groups that want to run campaign ads within two months of the general election will have to reveal the names of their donors. That's because a federal appeals court refused to stay a lower court's ruling on the matter. A full appeal could be heard this fall.
No Signal? No Problem. States Push Tech-Free Escapes
In parts of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, broadband internet access and good cell phone reception are tough to come by. Robert Siegel talks with Dave Decker, executive Director of the Tri-State Tourism council, about his efforts to spin that potential nuisance into a positive, by pitching tech-free vacations.
Home Video Picks: 'Being John Malkovich'
Bob Mondello recommends the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of Being John Malkovich, directed by Spike Jonze and starring Malkovich, John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener.
'Close Encounters' With Gas Well Pollution
Hundreds of thousands of natural gas wells have sprung up across the country. In Garfield County, Colo., the drilling rigs are so close to homes that some people call them "Close Encounters." When the gas boom began a decade ago, residents began asking: Is it safe to live this close? Their quest for answers became too polarizing to pursue.
Send Your Comments For May's 'Backseat Book Club'
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel solicit questions and comments for the May edition of "Backseat Book Club." The upcoming book is Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. Send your thoughts to email@example.com.