Walz hears farm bill ideas Southwest Minnesota farmers told 1st District Congressman Tim Walz Wednesday what they'd like to see in the next farm bill. Among the suggestions: cap federal subsidy payments to the largest farms.5:20 p.m.
It's still winter in northern Minnesota MPR Meteorologist Paul Huttner is spending this week at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Finland, Minnesota. Students from a number of Minnesota schools are there learning about the outdoors and the science behind Paul's favorite subject -- the weather.5:48 p.m.
Upon further review, Senate pay bump stands Minnesota senators voted Wednesday to stick with
a $30 a day increase in expense allowances, dismissing concerns by some lawmakers that the pay bump was too generous.5:51 p.m.
British Withdrawal Plan Draws Mixed Reactions
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced the start of a phased withdrawal of British troops from southern Iraq. And British soldiers would begin to withdraw from the country entirely if security conditions allow, Blair said. His plan calls for 1,600 personnel to leave by the end of 2007.
Italy's Prime Minister Resigns over Foreign Policy
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi's government resigned today, after being defeated on a key foreign policy motion in the Senate. Prodi angered the left-wing with his support for committing Italian troops to Afghanistan and the expansion of a U.S. military base in Italy.
NATO's Afghan Trade School Underscores Challenge
The official opening of a Western-built trade school in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan this past weekend is part of NATO's "hearts and mind" campaign. But even with the base's fortifications, local officials say the students who attend aren't safe and are in danger of being killed by the Taliban.
Ash Wednesday Means Services, and Business
It's Ash Wednesday, and some may wonder: Where does all that ash come from? Many parishes save palms from Palm Sunday in preparation. But in recent years, churches have begun supplementing their ash stocks by ordering from a commercial supplier.
On Ash Wednesday, Religion and Joy
On this Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and a period of fasting, Father James Martin reminds us that joy is one of the upsides of being religious, although it's not mentioned nearly enough among the faithful.
Fed Up: Man Sues Telemarketers, and Wins
Last year, Andre-Tascha Lamme began getting phone calls from mortgage companies — as many as 15 a week. Citing a 1991 law, he hauled the most persistent callers to small-claims court, and set up a Web site to teach others how to do the same.
Telemarketing Industry Adjusts to No-Call List
Since the government's Do Not Call Registry was created, telemarketers have been thwarted in their efforts to reach out to millions of Americans. For an update on what the impact of the that list has meant for direct marketers, Robert Siegel talks with Jim Conway, vice president of government relations for the Direct Marketing Association.
Illinois Malpractice Case May Shape Tort Reform
An Illinois baby who suffered brain damage during delivery is at the center of a battle over tort reform. The state is one of several to limit certain damage awards in medical malpractice suits. The family's attorneys call the Illinois law unconstitutional.
Celebrating Auden's Timeless Message
Poet W.H. Auden was born in England 100 years ago today. Edward Mendelson, Auden's literary executor, marks the occasion with a new collection, Selected Poems.
Lonesome Lucinda Williams Heads 'West'
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Lucinda Williams has released her eighth CD, West. The collaboration with producer Hal Willner is mostly a meditation on the death of Williams' mother, and the end of a turbulent love affair.