Bonding and health care on the Capitol agenda It's the first full week of the 2010 legislative session, and state lawmakers have a full agenda ahead of them. They are focusing on a $1 billion bonding bill, and an extension of a health care program for the poor.7:20 a.m.
Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest.8:25 a.m.
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Japan Braces For More Recalls From Toyota
The Japanese press report Toyota is considering even more recalls. This time the recalls would involve 2010 Prius and the Lexus and Sai hybrids — they all share the same brake glitch. The recalls could be announced as early as Tuesday. For decades, Toyota has been one of the main drivers of the Japanese economy but its reputation has been sullied.
Dealers Work Overtime On Toyota Recalls
Toyota dealerships are making their way through a backlog of customers' cars during the massive recall involving the gas pedals on millions of cars. Toyota has said it is working on plans to resolve another possible safety problem — this one involving the anti-lock brakes on the Prius hybrid. So far, Toyota has not announced a recall on the Prius.
Bill Would Apply Antitrust Laws To Insurance
With Congress still stalled on the big health bill, it turns to smaller pieces of legislation. The House this week will vote on a bill to repeal a decades-old insurance industry exemption from antitrust laws. Some analysts say eliminating the exemption wouldn't have an impact on competition or premiums.
New Orleans Celebrates Saints Win As New Beginning
In New Orleans, it's a holiday of sorts after the Saints' come-from-behind victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday night in Miami. New Orleans beat Indianapolis 31-17, setting off a celebration in the streets. Some residents see the win as a sign of the city's rebirth after Hurricane Katrina, which devastated parts of the city.
Opposition Candidate Leads In Ukraine Runoff
Russia-friendly candidate Viktor Yanukovych held a narrow lead Monday in Ukraine's presidential runoff election. His opponent isn't ready to concede, saying it's too close to call. If Yanukovych is the victor, that could restore much of Moscow's influence.
Adapting Vaccines For Our Aging Immune Systems
Vaccines can be a crucial line of defense for older people, who are more likely to suffer complications from infections such as the flu. Our immune system weakens over time, and so does our response to vaccines. But researchers have found ways to create stronger vaccines that work better in older people.
Vaccines' Benefits Trump Concerns, Experts Say
Young children receive more than twice the number of inoculations that they did 50 years ago. This worries some parents, but experts say that vaccines have gotten cleaner and more efficient, and are much safer than risking outright illness.
CIT Group Names Ex-Merrill CEO Thain As Chairman
CIT Group has chosen former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to lead the company as chairman and CEO as the commercial lender continues to restructure its business following a brief stay in bankruptcy protection last year. Thain served as chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch until its sale to Bank of America was completed in January 2009.
Businesses Reluctant To Hire New Workers
The economy looks better this year than it did in 2009 but despite positive economic reports, businesses remain reluctant to hire and financial markets are still jittery. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal tells Renee Montagne that the economy isn't growing fast enough to create enough businesses that need new workers.
Hasbro Plans 75th Anniversary Edition Of Monopoly
Since the game was invented during the Great Depression, its makers have put out variations: from Sponge Bob Square Pants Monopoly to iPhone Monopoly. One big change this year, the board will be round instead of square. There will be no paper money, and instead, funds will be stored electronically.