Stakes high in nurse strike vote Nurses from 14 metro area hospitals have begun voting on whether to authorize a second strike. Some 12,000 Twin Cities nurses walked off the job on June 10 in a one-day strike. Today's vote would authorize a longer, open-ended strike.7:20 a.m.
Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest.8:25 a.m.
Nurses vote on authorizing open-ended strike Thousands of nurses are voting today on whether to stage a second walkout at Twin Cities hospitals. The vote follows a one-day strike against a half dozen hospital groups on June 10. Today, nurses are voting on an open-ended strike as part of their labor impasse with the hospitals.8:40 a.m.
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Holbrooke Presses Pakistan On Haqqani Network
U.S. special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke is on his tenth visit to Pakistan. Holbrooke discussed Afghanistan and U.S. concerns about reconciliation with insurgents there. He says the U.S. is troubled by the al-Qaida affiliated Haqqani network.
Would-Be Bombers In U.S. Hampered By Logistics
Car bombs and suicide attacks are commonplace in Afghanistan and Iraq. But so far, terrorists have had little success launching those kinds of attacks here. Among the reasons: It is hard to get explosive materials in the U.S.; putting together a bomb is a complicated process; and those kinds of attacks require a team to get them off the ground.
China Pledges Flexible Yuan
President Obama has praised China's decision to allow more flexibility in the exchange rate of its currency. Many U.S. lawmakers and business groups believe China's currency is undervalued, giving Chinese exports an unfair advantage. But the value of China's currency is unlikely to change much any time soon.
First Week Of World Cup Play Disappoints Many Fans
In World Cup action, Italy was stunned by New Zealand -- handing the defending champions their second draw. And the French team devolved into chaos -- walking out on its coach and its director resigned. This year's World Cup has been full of surprises and disappointing play by favored teams.
Harrisburg, Pa., Incinerator Burns Hole In City Pocket
Harrisburg, Pa., is deep in debt. And the city's incinerator is mostly to blame. Almost $300 million is owed on the Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility, and the Harrisburg Authority, which owns the city's utilities, has been missing many of the debt payments.
Why 'Supertasters' Can't Get Enough Salt
Contrary to what scientists expected, it turns out that people with stronger taste sensations, called "supertasters," love lots of salt. The new findings help explain why some have to work harder than others to cut back their sodium intake.
Finding A Drug's Real Expiration Date
State pharmacy laws often require that prescription drugs get an expiration date of one year after the date of sale. But the medication also has a manufacturer's expiration date, which may give the drug a longer shelf life. Experts weigh in on which date to follow.
From Fear To Elation: Prepping To Be An Organ Donor
When he first received his friend's email looking for a kidney donor, Jeff Moyer hoped he wouldn't be a match. But he had a change of heart, and he found himself wanting to be selected as a donor. Now, Moyer describes his fears about the surgery and his hopes for the health of the donee, a friend's daughter.
Dell In Talks With Google Over Its Operating System
An executive from Dell says his company has been talking with Google about putting Chrome on its laptops, according to Reuters. Operating systems are the foundation that supports other software programs. Most computers use Microsoft's Windows but Google's new operating system will challenge Microsoft's dominance.
Social Inequality Helped Stoke Financial Crisis
The U.S. financial crisis is often attributed to inadequate regulation, greedy bankers and consumer irresponsibility. University of Chicago economist Raghu Rajan points to social inequality. He tells Renee Montagne disparity in income is one of the fault lines that contributed to the recent financial earthquake.