Panel distributing money from bridge compensation fund will face tough decisions Victims who were injured in the 35W bridge collapse and families of the 13 people killed can file for compensation from a nearly $37 million fund created by the Legislature. A panel of three attorneys will decide who gets some of the money, and how much they get. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Susan Holden, chair of that panel.7:25 a.m.
New Minnesota law prohibits texting while driving Starting today, it is illegal in Minnesota to text message, e-mail, or access the Web on a wireless device while driving. The new law is a primary offense, so law enforcement can stop vehicles if they see drivers breaking the law.8:25 a.m.
Army Of Shopowners Paved China's Way In Africa
Business owners and shopkeepers are the vanguard of China's ever-expanding presence in Africa. One scholar says China is hungry for the continent's raw materials and warns that the relationship is unbalanced.
Crocs Losing Foothold Among Young Consumers
Stock in Crocs Inc. has plummeted 90 percent since October 2007, and many younger buyers are walking away from the colorful clog. But analysts say a fashion fad can turn into an established brand.
Conflicts Arise As Intelligence Community Expands
During the Cold War era, the CIA was the only U.S. spy agency. But as threats to national security have become more diverse, other government agencies — such as the FBI and the DEA — are recruiting foreign informants and pursuing their own intelligence leads. And that's causing competition and conflict.
Minnesota Marks 1 Year Since Fatal Bridge Collapse
One year ago Friday in Minnesota's Twin Cities, the Interstate 35 West bridge crumbled into the Mississippi River, killing 13 and injuring 140 people. Accelerated construction of a new bridge is almost complete.
Yosemite Visitors, Businesses See Upside Of Wildfire
More than 20 homes have been destroyed in a wildfire at the edge of Yosemite National Park in California, and hundreds of residents had to evacuate. Still, tourists in the Yosemite Valley are enduring the smoke-filled skies and power outages, and business is mostly going on as usual.
New Report Says Aid For Iraqi Refugees Lacking
Nearly 5 million Iraqi refugees have left their country, some heading to nearby Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. A new report from the International Crisis Group, a nonpartisan research organization, says countries that are occupying Iraq, including the United States, must do more for the refugees.
General Motors Announces $15 B Quarterly Loss
General Motors says it lost more than $15 billion in the most recent quarter, much more than many analysts and investors were expecting. North American sales dropped 20 percent. Sales of its military-style Hummer have also plunged, and GM is considering deals with overseas companies.