Hatch says paper trying to 'swiftboat' his family DFL gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch is blasting the state's largest newspaper for a story that hasn't been published. He claims the Star Tribune is trying to dig up dirt on his family.5:19 p.m.
Hatch complains about Star Tribune's "sleazy" reporting methods DFL gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch is blasting the state's largest newspaper for a story that hasn't been published. Hatch, the state's attorney general, filed a complaint with the Minnesota News Council over what he describes as "sleazy" questions from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Hatch says two Star Tribune reporters and an editor have been trying to dig up dirt on Hatch and his family. Hatch's complaint says the paper is looking into his daughter's relationship with a past boyfriend and a parking ticket Hatch received three years ago. Hatch accused the newspaper of trying to "swiftboat" his family.5:23 p.m.
Poor spring wheat harvest may mean higher bread and cereal prices The harvest of winter wheat is just finishing up and combines will move over to the spring wheat harvest this week or early next. Farmers expect $5 per bushel this year. That's up $1.50 over last year. Consumers are seeing an increase in the grocery store but the reason for that might surprise you.5:48 p.m.
The big truck travels through Minnesota A huge semi is making its way into Minnesota, through the Twin Cities and on toward North Dakota. The super-sized load weighs 458,000 pounds -- the same as 28 full-grown African elephants.5:51 p.m.
Israeli Army Tries to Roust Hezbollah in Villages
Israeli soldiers trying to root out Hezbollah militants from a string of villages just north of the Israeli border say it's a hard fight. The troops have been absorbed in searches and ground fighting in southern Lebanon since late last week.
U.N.: 700,000 Need Aid in Lebanon
There are 700,000 people in need in Lebanon -- 550,000 of whom are internal refugees from the fighting, says the chief U.N. relief director. Jan Egeland, the U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, says that aid is getting into Lebanon, but it is not yet making it to the places where the fighting is worst. Michele Norris talks with Egeland.
The Effort to Keep an Online Diary Private
Bly Lauritano-Werner is a high school student with an online journal. Her mother reads the journal -- but Bly thinks she shouldn't. Bly works with Blunt Radio in Maine. This piece came to us from Youth Radio.
Lieberman, Lamont Build Cases for Senate
Ned Lamont is challenging Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary for Senate in Connecticut. The race, which has drawn national attention, is largely seen as a referendum on incumbent Sen. Lieberman's position on the war in Iraq. Lieberman announced in June that he will run as a third-party candidate if he fails to win the nomination. Robert Siegel talks separately with Lieberman and Lamont.
Filings Show Democrats Catching GOP in Funds
For years, the GOP has enjoyed a comfortable fundraising advantage over Democrats, especially in Senate races. But the latest federal election filings indicate that the Democrats have closed the fundraising gap.
Woods Shows Mental Mettle in Winning British Open
Only a couple of months removed from his father's death, Tiger Woods has captured a consecutive British Open title, demonstrating a level of discipline and maturity notable even for the world's most successful golfer. Normally one of the game's longest drivers, Woods avoided hazards by hitting iron shots off the tee, opting for accuracy over distance.
Hospital Group Agrees to $21 Billion Buyout
HCA, the former Hospital Corporation of America, agrees to sell itself to a group of investors in a deal valued at more than $21 billion. The HCA board has approved the deal, which it plans to recommend to shareholders. The deal includes a provision allowing HCA's board to solicit better offers.
Global Trade Talks Collapse over Subsidy Spat
Global talks aimed at boosting trade appear to have collapsed. The so-called Doha Round has proved very difficult for negotiators. A major obstacle has been the call by developing countries that the United States and European Union end their agricultural subsidy programs.