Minneapolis students head back to school It's the first day of school for 29,000 students in Minnesota's 3rd largest school district. Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about her goals for the year.7:25 a.m.
Some Beach Areas Stunned By Irene's Mild Touch
Hurricane Irene did not turn to be the storm of the century. It did, however, cause millions to lose power, forced hundreds of thousands to be evacuated and resulted in a number of fatalities. Still, many in beach towns remarked at how lucky they were.
Washed Out Bridges Strand Vermont's Small Towns
Vermont became an unexpected casualty of Hurricane Irene. The storm dropped up to seven inches of rain Sunday — flooding streams and sending rivers crashing over their banks. In the state highway system alone, 12 bridges were washed out.
Where Generations Of Soldiers Healed And Moved On
The last doctors and patients are leaving Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which is closing after more than 100 years of reshaping military medicine. For patients like Lt. Tyson Quink, the historic hospital in Washington, D.C., is where he's rebuilding his body, and his life.
New Japanese Prime Minister, New Obama Adviser
Japan's finance minister moves to the prime minister's office after the country's ruling party voted him in Monday. Yoshihiko Noda is known as a fiscal hawk. And, President Obama is expected to nominate a Princeton University labor economist to a key economic post. According to The Wall Street Journal, the president will name Alan Krueger as his pick to be Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors.
'Land Bank' Knocks Out Some Foreclosure Problems
The housing crisis has left banks stuck with crumbling, foreclosed houses that they can't resell. In Cleveland, a quasi-government corporation takes over those houses, and the lenders pay to demolish them. The idea may soon take hold in other cities as well.
Britons Upset With Twinings Earl Grey Recipe Change
A storm is brewing over a change that British tea maker Twinings made to its Earl Grey recipe in the United Kingdom. The distinctive flavor of Earl Grey comes from bergamot oil. Bergamot is a kind of orange. Twinings recently jazzed up the 180-year-old recipe with some extra citrus flavor. Consumers are not refreshed.