U of M researchers report threats to Minnesota's environment A report presented to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources points out many places where Minnesota's environment is facing significant threats -- from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the north to the streams in southern farm country.5:19 p.m.
Rep. Collin Peterson wants to overhaul USDA U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Detroit Lakes, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, spoke with MPR's Tom Crann about his plan to revamp the Agriculture Department.5:50 p.m.
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Panel Offers New Policy For Going To War
A bipartisan panel seeks to scrap the War Powers Act of 1973 and pass new legislation that requires the president to consult with a group of lawmakers before taking the nation into any "significant armed conflict."
Candidates Move Closer Together On Housing Crisis
Roughly 1.5 million Americans are expected to lose their homes to foreclosure this year. Both John McCain and Barack Obama back legislation to help struggling homeowners refinance their mortgages. But they differ on changes to bankruptcy laws.
Happiness, Hope Inspire Miami Pop Artist
Romero Britto's bold outlines, bright colors and simple images appeal to children, public officials and art collectors. Britto says there's a reason his work is so popular: It makes people happy. But is it serious art?
McCain, Obama Court Hispanics
Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama address the League of United Latin American Citizens. Democrats aim to increase Hispanic turnout, while Republicans hope to build on the inroads George W. Bush made among Hispanic voters in 2004.
Health Care Faces Funding Woes
In New Jersey, some hospitals face closure because the fund that reimburses them for treating patients without insurance is out of money. Meanwhile, doctors across the country are railing against a bill that cuts reimbursement rates.
Anheuser-Busch Sues Belgian Suitor
Anheuser-Busch has sued InBev, calling the Belgian brewer's plan to buy the iconic U.S. brewer "illegal." Matt Sepic, of member station KWMU in St. Louis, says the suit seeks to bar InBev from soliciting support from Anheuser-Busch shareholders.
The Pop Hit Of The Summer
Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl, the No. 1 hit this summer, is a celebration of teenage sexual experimentation. That's not so strange, but this pop hit features a young woman gleefully mulling same-sex smooching.
G-8 Pledges To Halve Emissions By 2050
Leaders of the world's richest nations say they will halve global emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Environmental groups say the pledge by the Group of Eight nations is not enough. The G-8 also expressed concern over rising oil and food prices.
Solar Firms Eye Bright Future In U.S.
Solar firm Ausra has just opened a factory near Las Vegas where it is mass-producing 50-foot-long mirrors to cover 4 square miles of desert each year. That would power 500,000 homes. Other solar companies have the same idea.
Coupons Make A Comeback Online
Once considered a prime candidate for paper obsolescence, the coupon has a new lease on life. Omar Gallaga, who covers technology culture for the Austin American-Statesman, says social-networking sites and online coupon programs are responsible.