Lunchroom ground zero of the nation's largest beef recall Congress opens hearings Wednesday looking into the recall of 140 million pounds of beef from a California meatpacker. Employees were suspected of slipping sick cows past inspectors, possibly contaminating the meat. Parents across Minnesota hope their kids haven't been eating that tainted meat.6:20 a.m.
Credit crunch is bad news for potential home buyers We're heading for the part of the year that has traditionally been a busy time for buying and selling homes in Minnesota. But the real estate market is in a slump. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Roger Harrington, head of Roger Harrington's Mortgage Advisory.6:50 a.m.
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Clinton's Wins in Ohio, Texas Keep Race Alive
Sen. Hillary Clinton stops Sen. Barack Obama's winning streak with big primary victories in Ohio and Texas, as well as Rhode Island. But Obama, who won Vermont Tuesday, continues to hold an overall lead in delegates. So the tightly contested Democratic presidential campaign rolls along.
Victorious McCain Puts Focus on November
Sen. John McCain of Arizona swept all four Republican primaries Tuesday, winning enough delegates to guarantee his party's nomination. But McCain quickly told supporters that "the most important part" of the campaign lies ahead: making a respectful but convincing case that he should be the next president.
NATO's Role in Afghanistan Strains Alliance
The prolonged deployment of NATO troops in Afghanistan has sparked debate in Europe about the alliance's ultimate mission. Some European lawmakers question the purpose of sending European forces to fight a war far from home.
Colombia Levels Charges After Raiding Ecuador
Fresh rhetoric follows a weekend raid in Ecuador by the Colombian military. Colombia's government says that both Venezuela and Ecuador have secretly supported Colombian rebels, and that it captured data in its raid that proves some of its claims.
Rice Meets Israelis, Palestinians
As U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wraps up her trip to the Middle East, she meets separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials.
House to Vote on Mental Health Bill
The House is set to vote on a bill that would require health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental health issues as they do for all other conditions. The Senate passed a similar measure in 2007, but the fight is far from over.
Recall of Beef Hits School Lunches Hard
The biggest meat recall in U.S. history has raised questions about the safety of meat used in programs administered by the Department of Agriculture — notably, school lunch programs.
Paul, Kucinich Win House Primaries
There was election news for presidential also-rans in Texas and Ohio Tuesday. Republicans backed Rep. Ron Paul of Texas in his congressional primary. Ohio Democrats did the same for Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
OPEC Cool to Call for Production Increase
Representatives of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are meeting in Austria. And so far, they're resisting pressure from U.S. officials to increase production. Triple-digit oil prices are adding to American fears of inflation and recession.
Minnesota Eyes Moratorium on Foreclosures
Minnesota lawmakers are expected to pass a bill that would prevent lenders from foreclosing on a property for a year. It's a sweeping effort to give borrowers more time to salvage their homes.