Iron Range miners, families await report on respiratory diseases, including mesothelioma Researchers today will visit the Iron Range to share findings of their study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and the deadly lung disease, mesothelioma. More than 80 former miners have died from the rare cancer. For more than five years, researchers have been trying to determine whether exposure to dust in the mines and processing plants makes workers more vulnerable -- not only to mesothelioma but to other respiratory diseases.6:45 a.m.
New Mayo plan emerging at Capitol Mayo Clinic is dropping a complicated tax plan that relies on more than $500 million in state funds to make improvements in Rochester in favor of a plan that would rely on a more direct contribution from the state.7:20 a.m.
Twins again face decision on games because of weather More snow is in the forecast for today in the Twin Cities with a high temperature of 36 degrees. That's not exactly ideal outdoor baseball weather, but the Twins begin a homestand tonight against the New York Mets. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the president of the Twins, Dave St. Peter.7:45 a.m.
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A not-so-funny thing happened earlier this week to Venezuelan humorist Laureano Marquez. He was kidnapped just before a scheduled interview with NPR. After being released unharmed, Marquez talks to Morning Edition about his ordeal and about politics in Caracas ahead of Sunday's presidential election.
In NASA's Budget: Plans To 'Shrink-Wrap' An Asteroid
There's $78 million of the agency's nearly $18 billion budget set aside for a program to capture a 500-ton asteroid in space and drag it back to orbit around the moon. And by 2021, astronauts could be visiting that asteroid to study it up close and gather samples.
Venezuelan TV Messages Shape Election Debate
The late President Hugo Chavez appeared constantly on TV, and attacked media that criticized him. Now, only one opposition TV station remains. The left-leaning president called Globovision part of a right-wing conspiracy. Though Chavez is gone, the station's end may also be near.
Eli Lilly To Lay Off 30 Percent Of U.S. Sales Force
The Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company announced on Thursday that about 1,000 sales representatives will lose their jobs. The Wall Street Journal reports the company made the move to cut costs so it can better compete with generic drug makers.
Ex-KPMG Partner Accused Of Insider Trading
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have charged former KPMG partner Scott London with insider trading. London, once the head of the accounting firm's L.A. office, is accused of giving tips to a friend in exchange for cash and a Rolex watch
Startup CEO Wields Small Antenna In TV Streaming Battle
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Burger King CEO To Run Heinz
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