U of M stadium proposal gets first legislative hearing University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and top U of M athletics leaders told members of the Senate Higher Education Budget Committee this legislative session offers the best chance for a new Gopher football stadium. The latest stadium proposal passed out of committee.5:18 p.m.
Fish warning issued
High levels of a chemical contaminant in the Mississippi River have prompted state health officials to issue a new warning about eating fish from the river.
Researchers for the state and 3M found high enough levels of the Perfluorochemical compound PFOS in fish in a stretch of river in the south Twin Cities metro area, to issue new advice for eating bluegill sunfish. Releases of PFOS came from the Scotchgard manufacturing operations at 3M's Cottage Grove plant, where the product was made for nearly 50 years.
The new recommendations advise against eating more than one meal of bluegill sunfish a week from "pool 2" of the Mississippi River between the Hastings Dam and Ford Dam in Saint Paul.
Tom Crann talked with Department of Health Research Scientist Pat McCann, who says it's too early to know if PFOS has affected fish in other parts of the river as well.5:23 p.m.
Bolten Replaces Card as White House Chief of Staff
Amid growing calls for a White House shakeup and concerns about low poll ratings, President Bush announces that Joshua Bolten will replace Andrew Card as White House Chief of Staff. Bolten is the current Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Columnists Review Immigration and Resignation
E.J. Dionne, a columnist for the Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and columnist Charles Krauthammer talk with Melissa Block about immigration, Andy Card's resignation, and the deaths of Caspar Weinberger and Lyn Nofziger.
Israel Exit Polls Indicate a Win for Kadima Party
Exit polls in Israel's elections are projecting that interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party will win the most parliamentary seats, putting it in a position to form a coalition government. These are the first elections held since former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had a stroke in January.
Youth-Jobs Law Protests Bring Paris to a Standstill
Tens of thousands take to the streets in France to protest a new youth-jobs law. Public-transport workers and teachers stage a strike to try to force Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to abandon the law. Union and student leaders say the law will create a generation of "throwaway workers."
Frist Pushes Stringent Immigration Proposal
A Senate panel's overhaul of immigration and border-security laws has hit a speed bump on its way to the Senate chamber. Rather than bringing up the committee's bill, Majority Leader Bill Frist is advancing his own proposal, which deals only with border-security issues and does not include immigrant-labor provisions.
Spanish D.J. Organizes Immigration-Reform Protests
Rafael Pulido, aka "El Pistolero," is host of a morning talk show for WOJO's La Que Buena. His show is the main vehicle for informing the Hispanic community about protests against the immigration bill that is currently under consideration in the Senate.
Naming Dispute Brewing over Washington's U Street
Washington, D.C.'s "U Street corridor" has been a center for African-American commerce and culture for decades. But efforts by African immigrants to rename part of the area "Little Ethiopia" has emotions running high. The immigrants see themselves as part of the rebirth of the area.
Little League Adds 20 Feet to the Outfield
Baseball players ages 11 and 12 who are playing in the Little League World Series this summer will have to run farther and throw harder because 20 feet have been added to the field. Lance Van Auchen, spokesman for Little League Baseball, explains why outfield fences are being moved to 225 feet away from homeplate.
A Guy Named Otto and a Moose
Commentator Kevin Kling has a story about a true-life experience involving Bill Magie, a legend up in the north country.
Supreme Court Questions Military Trials for Detainees
The Supreme Court hears arguments about whether President Bush has the sole power to establish military tribunals to try Guantanamo prisoners for war crimes. The administration says the detainees have to submit first to commissions run by the military, and only when that is done can they appeal to civilian courts.