With fewer new households, home construction slows The factors hammering the construction industry are no mystery -- from high unemployment to the foreclosure crisis, but there's another factor driving down demand for new homes. The formation of new households has virtually stopped.7:20 a.m.
Mental health should be part of talk post-Arizona shooting A lot of the reaction to Saturday's shootings in Tucson has focused on whether angry political rhetoric can fuel this kind of violence. Bob Collins has been writing about the tragedy from a different point of view. Bob is the author of the NewsCut blog at MPRNews.org. He's written that this event raises questions about how our society deals with people who have mental illness.8:35 a.m.
Minn. colleges say they watch for warning signs in students The man accused of the shooting rampage in Arizona that killed six people had a history of disruptive behavior at the community college he attended. Minnesota colleges say they monitor such behavior, and try to keep it from turning violent.8:40 a.m.
Minnesota history: The rise of 3M Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer paid a visit to the old St. Paul headquarters of 3M recently with St. John's University historian Annette Atkins.8:45 a.m.
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Investigators In Tucson Build Case Against Loughner
Jared Loughner. the man accused in the shooting rampage that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, was in court for the first time Monday. In his brief court appearance, Loughner was not asked to enter a plea.
Capitol Hill Ponders Tucson Shootings
While the people of Tucson try to deal with the tragedy that struck in their town, people who work in the Capitol are reeling as well. Rep. Giffords is well known and well liked by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. And the death of her young staffer has been a blow to other Congressional aides.
Pawlenty Touts Minnesota's Lessons On Health Care
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty gained attention for Minnesota's efforts to rework the health care system. As he considers a run for the Republican presidential nomination, he uses examples from his home state to highlight what he sees as flaws in the Democrats' health care plan.
Loughner's Attorney No Stranger To Tough Cases
Those who know Judy Clarke say she has never shied away from defending some of the most reviled people in recent history. She represented Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, the Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph and Sept. 11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.
Doctors Monitor Rep. Giffords' Brain For Swelling
Doctors treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords say they have been encouraged by her progress so far. They say it appears the bullet that passed through the left side of her head did not damage the most critical parts of her brain.
Kepler Space Telescope Spots Its First Rocky Planet
The planet, Kepler-10b, is 1.4 times the size of Earth and the smallest planet discovered outside our solar system. Though the planet is far too close to its star to harbor life, the finding holds promise for future planetary discoveries using the space telescope.
Verizon Adds iPhone, MySpace To Announce Layoffs
Verizon said Tuesday that it will start selling iPhones. The popular Apple smart phone has only been available on AT&T. And in the battle between social networking sites, Facebook continues to add millions of users, while MySpace is expected to announce the layoffs of more than 500 employees.
Apollo Group: Earnings Up, Enrollment Down
The parent company of the for-profit University of Phoenix says it is still reporting strong earnings, despite a big drop in the number of new students. The company is faced with ongoing concerns that enrollment could shrink as it tries to comply with tighter federal regulations.
Should Economists Reveal Who Pays Them?
Some economists who testified about the global financial crisis were compensated by financial firms. As economists gathered for a meeting in Denver, several urged adopting a code of ethics to help restore credibility to their profession. Others aren't so sure a code is needed.