Legislative session comes a cropper in wave of vetoes It would be an understatement to say that Gov. Pawlenty and Democrats in the Legislature aren't on the same page at this point in the session. Pawlenty has vetoed his fourth budget bill in less than a week and the Legislature seems intent on challenging him again and again.7:20 a.m.
Higher ed bill goes to Pawlenty for yet another veto The Minnesota House and Senate approved a $3.2 billion higher education funding bill that now goes on to face Gov. Pawlenty's veto. Pawlenty calls it uninspiring and devoid of any reform, while DFLers say it makes up for Pawlenty's underfunding over the past several years.7:25 a.m.
Losses mount on Gunflint Trail The Ham Lake fire is still burning, four days after it started, and with no end in sight. The fire didn't get a lot bigger on Tuesday, but in the afternoon, an intense area of flame and smoke kept people from visiting their homes and cabins in the burned area. The number of structures lost to the fire now stands about about 40.7:44 a.m.
"Everything's gone" Dozens of anxious cabin owners are waiting for the Ham Lake fire to die down so they can head back to their property, and see how their homes in the woods have faired. One cabin owner is biding her time at a resort along the Gunflint Trail.7:49 a.m.
Star Tribune columnist talks about the shakeup Big changes are looming for workers at the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper. The newsroom alone will likely lose as many as 50 employees. In the reorganization, many of the editors, reporters and columnists will have to decide if they will stay and move on to new assignments within the company.8:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Democrats Try New Approach to War Funding
Members of the House are working on a bill that would give President Bush funds for the Iraq war while imposing controls on how it is paid out to the Pentagon. The Democrats are offering $30 billion now, to cover two months. Republicans don't like the plan.
Video Diaries Give Glimpse of Daily Life in Baghdad
An Iraqi production company is distributing video diaries on the Internet by three young men in Baghdad. They chronicle their daily lives, fears, frustration, anger and just normal day-to-day existence in a broken city.
Census Workers Rehearse for 2010 Tally
The Census Bureau is doing practice runs in Stockton, Calif. and Fayetteville, N.C., testing procedures to be used in the next census. One part of the test involves using the latest technology.
Challenges Face First-Generation Students
First-generation college students deal with numerous challenges due to their status as the first in their families to seek higher education. A support group at a Missouri community college helps students who may not find encouragement at home.
Bid to Develop Indian Slum Draws Opposition
One of India's most squalid slums sits on extremely valuable property. The government has a plan to let private developers build projects for the rich in exchange for free housing, schools and health clinics for the poor. But many long-time residents oppose the plan.
Fuel-Efficiency Bill Clears Senate Panel
A Senate committee is backing a bill to set fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks at 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The current level is 25 mpg. It's one of several measures moving through Congress that seek to cut oil imports and reduce emissions of global-warming gases. Some Republican senators called the plan unfair to Detroit's Big Three automakers, who depend on sales of less efficient SUVs and pick-ups. The full Senate considers the bill next month.
Grasso Wins Round in Battle over NYSE Pay
Dick Grasso, the former chief of the New York Stock Exchange, has won a legal victory in a long battle with the state of New York over a $180 million pay package. The pay plan prompted such outrage in 2003 that the state of New York fired Grasso.
Don't Be Cynical: It's a Great Place to Work
If your life seems like a Dilbert cartoon, you may be experiencing a cynical work environment. Workplace consultant Ben Dattner offers advice for breaking a cycle of cynicism on the job.
Some Summer Fashions Don't Wear Well at Work
Monster.com, a job recruiting site, took an online survey of fashion no-nos for the workplace in the summer season. Topping the list: tank tops, flip flops and visible underwear.