Oberstar and Obama on collision course over transportation Minnesota Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar, who chairs the House Transportation committee, told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the White House is dragging its feet over his proposal to overhaul the U.S. transportation system.7:20 a.m.
Minnesota companies working to reduce carbon footprint Businesses are looking to reduce their energy use, both to boost the bottom line and to reduce their contribution to global warming, and some Minnesota companies are part of a federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions voluntarily.7:25 a.m.
Art Hounds: Improv, the MIA and Southside Aces The week's Art Hounds hype the instantaneous humor of "Improv A Go-Go," embrace the quietude of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on a late Wednesday afternoon, and throw down with Minneapolis' own Southside Aces.8:20 a.m.
Businesses Learn To Make Do With Fewer Workers
Since December 2007, the labor market has seen a net decline of 6.5 million jobs. Instead of replacing workers, many employers across the country are operating with leaner, more efficient staffs.
Postal Service Faces Gloom Of Economy
The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it lost more than $2 billion between April and June. It's on track to be $7 billion in debt by the end of September. Members of Congress are considering major cuts — including closing hundreds of post offices, and even scaling back delivery from six days a week to five.
Schulberg Dies 'On The Waterfront' Screenwriter
Oscar-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg has died at his home on Long Island, N.Y. He was 95. Schulberg wrote the script for On the Waterfront, as well as the groundbreaking Hollywood satire What Makes Sammy Run?
Senegalese Rapper Represents African Trends
Our series focusing on emerging cultural voices from Africa shines the spotlight on Didier Awadi, a rap pioneer from Senegal. He combines music with his role as an African youth advocate and social commentator.
E-Mails Show Sen. Ensign's Staff Knew Of Affair
In June, Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada confessed to having an affair. Since then, more information about the scandal has been trickling out. Jon Ralston, of the Las Vegas Sun, talks with Linda Wertheimer about the information that has come out.
Will Clinton's Trip Get North Korea Talking Again?
Two American journalists who were pardoned by North Korea have been reunited with their families. Former President Bill Clinton helped gain their release. Now analysts speculate if Clinton's visit created a new opening for North Korea to return to negotiating talks over its nuclear program.
The Sonoran Hotdog Crosses The Border
From fish tacos to fajitas, much of the mainstream Mexican cuisine Americans eat comes from the borderlands. The latest cross-border concoction was started in the U.S., was reinvented in Hermosillo, Mexico, and is now taking Arizona by storm.
Corolla Popular In "Cash For Clunkers" Program
The Toyota Corolla sedan is the most popular car among consumers buying new vehicles under the government's "cash for clunkers" program. It gives drivers up to $4,500 to trade in gas guzzlers for more fuel efficient cars. Initially it looked like the Ford Focus was the big winner, but the Corolla pulled ahead.
Survey: 'Underwater' Mortgages To Hit 48 Percent
A new study indicates that by 2011 nearly half of American homeowners will have a house worth less than what they owe on the mortgage. When more is owed, than what the house is worth, it's called being under water. One-fourth of U.S. homeowners are estimated to be under water on their mortgages already.
Bonus, Is It Still A Dirty Word
The financial crisis isn't over yet, but already Wall Street firms are back to awarding astronomical bonuses. David Wessel, of The Wall Street Journal, talks with Steve Inskeep about why big bonuses are returning despite public outrage for such compensation just weeks ago.