Bankrupt Northwest Airlines reports profits
Bankrupt Northwest Airlines says it made it made $101 million in profit in July, its second monthly profit in a row.
Northwest's earnings report comes amidst an ongoing contract dispute between the company and its flight attendants union. The union has threatened to strike over Northwest's demands for wage and benefit cuts.6:50 a.m.
WeatherTalk with Mark Seeley
Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about last week's storms, tornadoes and August's highs and lows.6:53 a.m.
5th District DFLers debate the details of Iraq war Former DFL Party Chair Mike Erlandson is touting the endorsement of one of the leading critics of the war in Iraq in an attempt to distinguish himself among the DFLers running for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District seat.7:19 a.m.
FAA staffing under air traffic controller recommendations at MSP, 38 other major U.S. airports
Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar, Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, asked for an investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration guidelines and compliance regarding air traffic controller staffing numbers. He has also warned that staffing air traffic controllers below recommended levels could affect flight safety. Cathy Wurzer spoke with U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Chisholm.7:24 a.m.
100-year anniversary of Dan Patch's state fair record Saturday is Dan Patch Day at the Minnesota State Fair, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the horse's world pacing record. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tim Brady, author of "The Great Dan Patch and the Remarkable Mr. Savage," about Minnesota's most famous horse and his owner.8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Men of Steel: Three Generations of Mill Workers
For Ken Kobus, his family's history is linked to steel. In 1906, his grandfather first punched in at the same plant Kobus himself started working at in 1966, joining his father on the job. As he says, "The mill was always in my life, even as a baby."
Iranian Public Concerned About Economy, Not Nukes
While international attention is focused on Iran's nuclear activities, much of the Iranian public is asking what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is doing to improve the economy. Some are worried that international sanctions tied to Iran's nuclear program could hold back the country's economy.
Lebanese Seek Strong Government for Future
In the wake of Israel's war with Hezbollah, Lebanon's political system is in turmoil. Hezbollah has gained popularity for its confrontation with Israel. And Prime Minister Fouad Siniora -- who's long been an advocate of democratic reform -- is on the defensive as opposition leaders call for his resignation.
China Attacks Communist Party Corruption
This year China has seen an unusual number of high-level corruption inquiries. Some investigations have ended in the killing, torture or suicide of party officials. The party has kept most of these cases quiet. Now it is changing the way it investigates its members.
Shanghai Rocked by Pension Funds Scandal
Two senior government officials in Shanghai have been fired for their involvement in mismanaging hundreds of millions of dollars from the city's pension fund. It's being called the worst corruption scandal in decades. A hundred investigators have been sent to Shanghai to investigate the extent of the wrongdoing.
Polygamist Jeffs Won't Fight Extradition to Utah
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has waived extradition hearings and will soon be sent to Utah to face charges of rape as an accomplice. His capture had been a priority of state and federal officials trying to stem forced polygamous marriages involving underage girls.
Timed Explosions Kill More than 50 in Baghdad
Residents of Baghdad are collecting bodies and clearing the rubble after a series of closely timed explosions devastated a major bazaar. More than 50 were killed and 250 wounded. It was one of the deadliest attacks in the capital in months and it came near the end of one of the bloodiest weeks in Iraq.
Childhood Marriages Resurface in Iraq
Some families in Iraq are reverting to an old practice: marrying off daughters and female dependents at younger and younger ages. It's thought that women who marry very young will be more attached to their homes and children. For some girls, though, a childhood marriage can be the beginning of a life of misery.
Letters: Katrina, Tracking Teens
Listeners react to a device that allows parents to electronically monitor their teens. Also, comments on our anniversary coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Mortgage Rates Retreat as Housing Market Slows
Mortgage rates are on their way back down again, just as the housing market seems to be cooling in many markets around the country. Figures out this week from Freddie Mac show the average rate on a 30-year fixed loan to be 6.4 percent, down from 6.8 percent a month ago.