Nurses expected to approve new contract Twin Cities nurses have until 10 p.m. tonight to cast their ballots on a new labor contract. The Minnesota nurses union expects members to ratify the tentative contract, which was reached with 14 metro hospitals last week.7:20 a.m.
Looking back at Franken's first year as senator One year ago, Democrat Al Franken was finally sworn in as Minnesota's newest U.S. Senator after a nine-month long recount and legal battle. The Minnesota Supreme Court determined Franken defeated Republican Senator Norm Coleman by just 312 votes.7:40 a.m.
Essayist Peter Smith honors the small engine repairman Summer is with us, and so too are all the little gas-powered machines and gardening tools -- devices that can be just a bit erratic when it comes to getting them started and keeping them going. You may not know what to do, but this week essayist Peter Smith honors a noble, quintessentially Minnesotan profession whose practitioners almost certainly do.7:55 a.m.
Violence In Marjah Raises Questions About Stability
Since NATO troops reclaimed Marjah from Taliban control earlier this year, the southern Afghanistan city has seen a resurgence of violence. Is this an expected stage as the area is fully restored to government control, or is it a sign that even a big U.S. and Afghan troop presence isn't enough?
Afghan Mineral Deposits Could Unearth Corruption
After a survey showed Afghanistan could be sitting on $1 trillion worth of minerals, competing visions have emerged for the nation's future. Evan Feigenbaum, director of Eurasia Group's Asia practice group and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, tells Renee Montagne that avoiding corruption will be a big challenge.
Defense Officials Anticipate Drop In Military Spending
When members of Congress return to Washington, they'll have to decide how much they can afford to spend on military operations. If the deficit is to be reduced, the Pentagon is certain to take a hit. Defense officials are bracing for bad news.
Aguaje Fruit's Popularity Strains Amazon Forests
The Amazon rain forest is home to hundreds of exotic fruits, including aguaje. The small, highly nutritious fruit is central to diets and daily life in the rain forest. Ecologists say its popularity can put a strain on forests, as people cut down the aguaje palms faster than they're naturally replaced.
Low-Income Homeowners Fear Lurking Foreclosures
The crash in house prices has been particularly painful for low-income homeowners. Prices in low-income neighborhoods have fallen more than anywhere else. Some of those homeowners bought at or near the top of the market.
Maureen Dowd's 'Girls' Guide To Saudi Arabia' New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd talks to Mary Louise Kelly about a piece she wrote for Vanity Fair magazine's August issue. In "A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia," Dowd writes about her vacation to Saudi Arabia.
China To Offer IPO Of Agricultural Bank
China plans to sell stock in one of its largest banks. The Agricultural Bank of China has more customers than the entire U.S. population -- more than 300 million. Officials hope to raise more than $20 billion -- making this the largest IPO in history.
Economy Is Growing But Momentum Has Slowed
Stocks are falling again, Treasury rates are hovering at their lowest level in more than a year, and mortgage rates are at historic lows. How are markets reacting to the latest economic assessments? David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks to Renee Montagne about how the U.S. economy is being influenced.
BP Wants Help With Gulf Cleanup Costs
BP says the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico already has cost it more than $3 billion, and that doesn't include the giant escrow fund it has established to pay claims. The company also says it wants some of its corporate partners in the well to pay for part of the cleanup.