MnDOT to shore up road over abandoned mine shafts The federal stimulus package provides funding for shovel-ready infrastructure projects, and in Minnesota one of those projects involves protecting the public from hazards left over from shoveling long ago.6:55 a.m.
New state budget forecast out this week It's a big week at the State Capitol. A new economic forecast comes out Tuesday, and all signs are pointing to an even bigger state budget deficit. The budget is just one of the many issues coming up this week for state lawmakers.7:20 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.8:25 a.m.
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Journalists Tour Pakistan Military's Accomplishments
Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes the "most worrisome" part of the U.S. war in Afghanistan is actually in Pakistan. After a six-month offensive, Pakistan's military says it has driven the Taliban out of one region in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. It's an area where the foreign media are banned. But over the weekend, Pakistan's military flew some journalists there.
Training, Benefits Aim To Save Sinking Communities
In Wilmington, Ohio, a DHL facility has closed, leaving thousands without work. In communities across America, programs are sprouting up to help those who have lost their jobs learn computer skills and obtain benefits such as health care, food stamps and energy assistance.
French Farms Get A Makeover
In France, nearly every industry is laying off workers except one: Farming. Yet French farmers say they are unable to fill thousands of positions each year. In an effort to attract new recruits, the French government has launched a campaign to jazz up farming's image.
Clinton Pledges Aid To Palestinians
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pledging about $900 million to Palestinians, a third of which will help rebuild war-ravaged Gaza. Clinton is in Egypt attending a conference seeking money for Gaza and the Palestinian economy. All the money must be approved by Congress.
Expert: Chances Slim For Mideast Peace Agreement
The success of President Obama's Middle East initiatives will depend partly on Israel. After last month's parliamentary elections failed to produce a clear winner, right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to put together a coalition government. Aaron David Miller, an adviser to six U.S. secretaries of state, discusses Netanyahu's approach to negotiations with the Palestinians.
U.S. Government Revises AIG's Bailout Package
The Treasury and the Federal Reserve announced a new bailout for the troubled insurance company on Monday. It's the fourth time the government's stepped in to save AIG. The new agreement restructures AIG's existing $150 billion bailout. It involves another $30 billion of taxpayer money. AIG also announced its latest quarterly financial report. It lost nearly $62 billion dollars — the biggest quarterly loss in corporate history.
Economy Brings Plane Manufacturing Down To Earth
The industry that makes business jets is in a tailspin. Small airplane manufacturing is dominated by American firms — many located in Wichita, Kan., which has lost thousands of jobs amid the recession and negative publicity over corporate jets.
Irish Airline Nixes Pay Toilets For Now
The head of Ryanair has suggested the idea of pay toilets. Michael O'Leary said future passengers on his European no-frills airline might be obliged to insert a British pound coin before using the restroom. The airline's staff wasn't sure if he was joking. O'Leary pioneered charging airline customers to check bags, to use a check-in desk and to use a credit or debit card to make an on-line booking.
Kansas Gov. To Be Named Health Secretary
President Obama names his health secretary on Monday. It's expected to be Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. Later this week, Obama hosts lawmakers and representatives of major interest groups at a White House summitt on overhauling health care.
23 Compete For Emanuel's Congressional Seat
Primary elections will be held in Chicago Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates vying to fill the congressional seat of Rahm Emanuel. More than 20 candidates are running for the seat vacated when Emanuel became President Obama's chief of staff.