New union steadily winning law enforcement members The newly-founded Minnesota Public Employees Association is steadily competing with the Teamsters Union and wrestling away the right to represent Minnesota police officers and civilian law enforcement employees.5:24 p.m.
Syria Faces Surge Of Violence
The death toll continues to rise in the central Syrian city of Homs, long both a focal point of anti-government protests and escalating conflict between the city's Sunni and Alawite communities. Dozens of bodies, many of them mutilated, are turning up on the streets. They're victims of sectarian gangs — some supported by the government. Lynn Neary talks to NPR's Deborah Amos for more.
Barge Industry Wants Its Share Of Federal Backing
In 2008, the railroad industry launched an ad campaign to make its benefits known. Perhaps you've heard trains can move a ton of freight 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Now the barge industry is hopping on the public relations train, saying "we're like railroads but better." Both are transportation sectors that previously worked hard to stay out of the public eye. But the barge industry, in particular, depends on government funding for river infrastructure — some of which is operating on borrowed time. With locks beginning to fail and the prospect of river slowdowns, barge companies are banding together in a push for help from the government.
Gingerly, GOP Contenders Address Payroll Tax Cut
The payroll tax cut is popular with the American people. That helps explain why President Obama is talking about it so relentlessly — and, perhaps, why Republican presidential candidates have addressed the issue only glancingly.
For Unions, Democratic Convention Means Business
Unionized businesses in Charlotte, N.C., have traditionally had to keep a low profile in this right-to-work state. But with the Democratic National Convention headed to town in 2012, having union ties could now be something to flaunt — and cash in on.
Adbusters Co-Founder Discusses OWS
Robert Siegel talks to Kalle Lasn, a co-founder of Adbusters Magazine. Lasn helped originate the idea for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Battle Cry: Occupy's Messaging Tactics Catch On
Consensus-building and the "people's mic" surfaced during the anti-nuclear rallies of the 1980s and at the anti-globalization protests in the 1990s. But the Occupy movement has given them greater visibility.
The Magic Of Music And A Little Room To Groove
Be it barefoot in the living room or in ballet shoes at Lincoln Center, there's nothing like the human impulse to dance. Author Alan Heathcock reflects on the timeless joys of sharing a dance floor with the ones you love.