Judge rules Mesaba can throw out labor contracts Eagan-based Mesaba Airlines has won the right to impose a cost-cutting contract on its 1,300 union workers in a bid to address its bankruptcy. Despite its court victory, some observers say Mesaba's survival seems as precarious as ever.5:18 p.m.
It's not the heat...well, it is the heat
From County Fairs, an international soccer festival and neighborhood festivals, there's a lot going on around the region this weekend. And the hot weather ahead is going to be a challenge to some of those events around the state. We talked to some of the organizers of outdoor events coming up this weekend to ask them how to cope with the sultry weather.5:22 p.m.
Kathie Couric in Minneapolis on "listening tour"
Katie Couric's "Eye on America" tour made a stop in Minneapolis this week. The new anchor of the CBS Evening news made a whistle stop trip to six U.S cities, to talk to viewers about what they think about network news. The invitation-only stop at the Minneapolis Public Library made headlines this week when Twin Cities blogger Matt Bartel was asked to surrender his notebook and not take notes. Instead WCCO, the CBS owned station, confiscated his pen. In this age of journalistic transparency, we asked David Brauer, our regular media analyst what he thought of the publicity stop.5:49 p.m.
Girl power on a global level Dozens of girls from around the world have been in St. Paul all this week, attending the International Girls Summit at Macalester College. They're here working on projects that call attention to global issues facing women and girls, such as health, education, human rights and violence.5:54 p.m.
Hindu temple rises from a Minnesota cornfield It's not what you expect to find in the middle of a cornfield outside Maple Grove. But here in the ex-urban fringe, at the end of a dead end road, a huge Hindu temple rises over the fields. The Hindu Mandir of Minnesota is the new home base for the Twin Cities Hindu population.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Israeli Bombing Assault Batters Beirut
Three days of Israeli bombs have made a major impact on Beirut, closing the airport, damaging major roads and destroying the home of Hezbollah's leader. Meanwhile, att least 50 Katyusha rockets hit northern Israel Friday.
Hezbollah Rockets Blanket Israeli Town
The Israeli town of Nahariya is nearly deserted as at least 25 Hezbollah rockets fall there. While most residents have moved away from the border town to escape danger, some remain in bomb shelters.
Ex-Envoy Lays Out U.S. Options in Middle East
So far, the United States is keeping a diplomatic distance from the conflict between Israel and Lebanon. Can the U.S. do anything to defuse the situation? Edward P. Djerejian, a former U.S. ambassador to both Israel and Syria, tells Michele Norris there are options available.
Seeing the Conflict Through Civilian Eyes
Rivky Kaplan of Sefat, Israel, tells Michele Norris about rocket attacks that injured her husband and damaged her home, while in Khiam, Lebanon, Hassan Yusef offers Norris a view of the conflict from the Lebanese side of the border.
Trial of Aryan Brotherhood Leaders Wraps Up
The case against four leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood will soon be in the hands of federal jurors in California. Prosecutors claim the prison gang ordered dozens of murders and plotted a race war inside the nation's Supermax prisons.
Racial Conflicts at Center of L.A. Gang Trial
Members of the Avenues gang are accused of hate crimes, conspiring to rid the city's Highland Park neighborhood of African Americans. Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quinones fills Michele Norris in on the trial.
Federal Judges Get More Home Security
Most U.S. federal judges are getting home-security systems. Last year's killings of the husband and mother of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, in her Chicago home, prompted action.
Romney Takes Control of 'Big Dig' Probe
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signs an emergency bill giving him broad powers to inspect the huge Boston highway construction project known as the "Big Dig." Safety worries emerged after a fatal tunnel collapse. The tunnel remains closed.
Juana Molina's 'Son' Explores New Aural Landscapes
In 1998, Argentine singer and songwriter Juana Molina walked away from a TV-acting career to explore music. She's toured constantly, opening for David Byrne and others. Her new, eerily beautiful CD is titled Son.
Mideast Distracts Bush, G-8 Summit Members
The agenda for the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg has been overtaken by concern over the violence between Israel and Lebanon. President Bush meets Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.