House passes tax rebate plan The Minnesota House has passed a property tax rebate bill that would send checks to homeowners this fall. Lawmakers who support the measure say it's the simplest way to help homeowners facing double-digit property tax increases. But there's no guarantee the state will have enough money for the proposal, and critics call the rebate a gimmick designed to buy off disgruntled property taxpayers right before the election.7:25 a.m.
University of Minnesota researcher to serve on national advisory committee
A University of Minnesota researcher has been chosen to advise some of the nation's top scientists on human embryonic stem cell research. Dr. John Wagner will serve on an advisory committee to the National Academies, which publishes guidelines for scientists aimed at ensuring the integrity of that research. Dr. Wagner is one of 14 experts chosen for the job. Cathy Wurzer talked with Dr. Wagner, the Scientific Director of Clinical Research at the University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute.7:50 a.m.
Residents consider future of Grand Marais' harbor People in Grand Marais are arguing about their harbor. Some want to rebuild the marina on a grander scale. Others say anything much bigger would destroy the cozy feeling of the waterfront.7:55 a.m.
"Prairie Home Companion" premiere
Some big stars will be in St. Paul tonight when "A Prairie Home Companion," the movie, gets its local premier. The film will be shown at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater where most of it was shot. The movie was directed by Robert Altman and written by Garrison Keillor. It's based on Keillor's popular radio show, and features a cast of famous names, including Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan. Cathy Wurzer talked about the movie with Colin Covert, film critic for the Star Tribune8:25 a.m.
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Pandemic Flu Plan Suggests a Limited Federal Role
A draft flu-pandemic response plan from the federal government says a worst-case scenario could kill as many as 2 million people in the United States. The draft Bush administration plan is an update to the $7.1 billion in pandemic preparations that it proposed last fall. The plan outlines exactly which government agency is responsible for about 300 tasks.
Vital Businesses Prepare for Flu Pandemic
One goal of the White House's flu plan is to help businesses that provide necessities such as food, power and cash stay up and running during a pandemic. But business experts say that keeping the supply lines open could be a major challenge.
Environmentalists Quietly Welcome High Gas Prices
You won't hear it from Democrats on Capitol Hill, but higher gas prices are a good thing for the environment. Expensive gas should slow the use of cars, and the pollution they emit. But politically savvy environmentalists aren't calling for taxes that would raise the price still further.
Carpooling Best Sampled One Day Per Week
Carpooling is becoming more attractive as gasoline prices spiral upward. John Ydstie talks about carpooling to Ruth Reiman, project manager for Central Indiana Commuter Services in Indianapolis. She suggests trying it one day per week to see whether it works for you.
Bolivia Targets Energy Revenues with Nationalization
Bolivia's President Evo Morales has nationalized the country's natural-gas industry. Foreign energy companies have six months to agree to new contracts for operating in the country. Some analysts say Morales may have miscalculated their willingness to remain in Bolivia.
Study Finds English Are Healthier than Americans
A new study comes to a conclusion that surprised even the researchers who conducted it: Middle-aged whites in England are significantly healthier than middle-aged whites in the United States. That's despite the fact that the United States spends twice as much per person on health care.
British Expatriate Health in the United States
So if the British are healthier than Americans, what happens when they move to the United States? Do they become less healthy? Renee Montagne reports on an unscientific survey of British expatriates living in America to see how their health is faring.
California Employers Welcome Guest Workers
Any change in U.S. immigration law will likely include a new "guest worker" program. Limited guest-worker programs already exist for immigrants doing seasonal work. And they're beginning to spread to the year-round occupations in California.
Iraq Spending Sparks Calls for Debate
The Senate is considering a $108 billion supplemental spending bill that includes record amounts for fighting the war in Iraq. Some lawmakers are insisting that, as long as the money is going to be spent, the least they can do is debate the wisdom of the war.