Health care industry on the rise The growth in health care jobs is expected to continue in Minnesota. In Blue Earth County, health-related employment has increased by 70 percent, far outpacing the state and the nation.3:49 p.m.
Health care industry on the rise The growth in health care jobs is expected to continue in Minnesota. In Blue Earth County, health-related employment has increased by 70 percent, far outpacing the state and the nation.5:50 p.m.
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Oil Spill Testimony Recalls 'Skirmish' On Rig
The chief mechanic of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig told federal investigators Wednesday about what he called a "skirmish" between a representative of BP -- the oil company that leased the rig -- and a manager with Transocean, the company that owned and operated the rig. The mechanic said the disagreement was about how to shut the well down. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Pam Fessler, who was at the hearing in Kenner, La.
Lawmakers Question Salazar On Drilling, Oil Spill
On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and top officials from the Minerals Management Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told members of the House panel that the Obama administration has been relentless in its response to the blowout.
New York's Super Bowl Is New Jersey's Triumph
James Cassella, the mayor of East Rutherford, N.J., talks to Melissa Block about the Super Bowl coming to Meadowlands stadium in 2014. The stadium's actually in Cassella's city, but as usual, New York will probably get all the glory.
In Parts Of Sudan, Life Hasn't Changed In Centuries
In Sudan, voters are expected to return to the polls in January, when the South takes up a referendum on full independence from the North. But as the people of southern Sudan prepare to decide their future, it's necessary to acknowledge their present. For while some Southerners live in the 21st century, others are still in the 19th -- or in some cases, a biblical age.
Letters: Law Students, Small Businesses, Cockfighting
Listeners respond to a discussion with graduating law students about the recession, our series on how small business are weathering the economic downturn, and Tuesday's story on cockfighting in Haiti. Melissa Block reads from listeners' e-mails.
Jump Start: NUMMI Is Reborn For Electric Cars
A storied auto factory in Northern California called NUMMI will be reopened in 2012 by Toyota and Tesla to manufacture electric cars. Toyota says it will invest $50 million in Tesla to collaborate on the construction of a new electric vehicle.
How One Small Business Weathered Recession
Melissa Block talks to Buddy Delaney, the owner of Best Mattress in Columbia, S.C., for part three of our series of conversations with small-business owners, checking in on how they fared during the recession and how things are going during the recovery.
Sniffing Out Oil-Tainted Seafood
Melissa Block talks to University of Florida professor Steve Otwell about the school's new program to help train inspectors on how to use their noses to sniff out oil-contaminated seafood.
Facebook Boosts Privacy Controls
Facebook is making changes to its privacy policies. Under intense pressure from users and privacy advocates, the social networking company is taking steps to give users simpler controls for sharing personal information.