House, Senate pass health and welfare bills The Minnesota House and Senate have passed separate Health and Human Services finance bills that use federal economic stimulus money to maintain current eligibility for state-subsidized health benefits. Both versions reduce spending, but not by as much as Gov. Tim Pawlenty has called for.7:25 a.m.
Minnesota GM dealers anxiously await their fate After General Motors announced Monday that it will close 42 percent of its 6,200 dealerships by the end of next year, dealers in Minnesota and elsewhere are anxiously awaiting news about whether their businesses will survive.7:40 a.m.
Centro Legal closes its doors A nonprofit community law office in St. Paul has become one of the latest victims of the struggling economy. Centro Legal, which provided legal services to Minnesota's Latino community for the last 28 years, shut down for good Monday.7:45 a.m.
St. Lawrence Seaway turns 50 amid controversy Fifty years ago next Sunday, an oceangoing ship arrived in the Duluth-Superior harbor for the first time -- thanks to the just-opened St. Lawrence Seaway. Critics say it was a colossal mistake -- an open invitation to destructive and aggressive plants and animals from overseas.8:40 a.m.
Anglers are of two types Anglers hitting the water is a common story every spring in Minnesota. Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith says there are two kinds of anglers.8:45 a.m.
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Mexico Shuts Down Schools To Contain Swine Flu
The World Health Organization raised its alert level Monday as new cases of swine flu were discovered throughout the world. In Mexico, officials took the extraordinary step of closing all schools throughout the country until May 6. It's the latest effort to try to contain the virus.
N.Y. Students May Have Brought Flu Home From Trip
In the U.S., swine flu cases have been confirmed in Ohio, Kansas, Texas, California and New York. There are 28 cases in New York. Students from a Catholic high school in Queens have gotten sick after some students went to Mexico for spring break.
California Braces For More Swine Flu Cases
In California, there are 11 confirmed cases of swine flu. State officials are bracing for an increase in that number. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the infrastructure established a few years ago to handle the SARS scare will allow California to respond to whatever happens.
Texas: 6 Confirmed Cases Of Swine Flu
State health officials have confirmed a third case of swine flu at a high school in Cibolo, Texas. In all, the state reports six cases. Along the Texas-Mexico border, local and state authorities are monitoring clinics and hospitals for patients complaining of respiratory problems.
Court To Hear Case On Power To Investigate Banks
With the nation in the midst of a mortgage foreclosure crisis, the Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up a case testing whether federal law shields federally chartered banks from state regulation. The court will decide whether state regulators may investigate discriminatory lending practices at national banks that have branches in their states.
Building Power Lines Creates A Web Of Problems
To create a new energy economy with much more solar and wind energy, thousands of miles of new transmission lines must be built across the nation. But finding suitable locations to place the lines is incredibly complicated without a federal body to oversee planning.
Obama Aims To Change World Perceptions Of U.S.
Since taking office, President Obama has attempted to present a more conciliatory, multilateral approach to foreign policy. But, as one analyst puts it, the "hard stuff is still to come," such as how Obama handles Iraq and Afghanistan, or another terrorist attack.
Shortages Stymie Rebuilding Efforts In Gaza
Little reconstruction has taken place in the Gaza Strip after Israel's offensive against Hamas militants in the Palestinian territory. The U.N. is calling on Israel to allow vital materials like cement into Gaza. But Israel is resisting, citing the security threat from militants.
Oil Giant BP Reports 62 Percent Fall In Profits
With the recession taking a big bite out of demand for oil, prices have come way down. One of the biggest oil companies in Europe reported a 62 percent drop in first-quarter profits. BP also is slashing costs. So is ConocoPhillips, the third-largest U.S. oil company, which last week announced an 80 percent drop in profits.