Early-morning action sends flood aid to SE Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty signed the flood relief package early Wednesday morning after it passed the House and Senate. The governor called lawmakers back into a one-day special session. But there are some hints that another special session may be on the horizon if federal funding for the I-35W bridge doesn't come through.7:20 a.m.
More older workers staying on the job New Census data show the Twin Cities workforce has a high percent of older workers. The numbers show more than a quarter of the regions workforce is between 65 and 72. That puts the Twin Cities in the top five among large metro areas.7:25 a.m.
A conversation with new Walker director Olga Viso Olga Viso, 41, a Cuban-American viewed as an up-and-coming talent in the museum world, will be directing the Walker Art Center beginning in November. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Viso about her decision to leave the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington to lead the Walker.7:49 a.m.
Envoy: Rebuilding Iraqi Government 'Takes Time'
Iraq's government is operating "under extreme conditions" and rebuilding its institutions "takes time," Iraq's ambassador to the United States says. "The motivation is there, but ... the environment is not there," Samir Sumaidaie says.
Internet Users Join Search for Steve Fossett
New satellite images of the area where aviator Steve Fossett disappeared have been posted online. Anyone can use the photos to look for wreckage that the Civil Air Patrol might have missed, and report areas that they think should be studied more closely.
Giuliani Struggled with Issues in First Campaign
In his first race for mayor in 1989, Rudolph Giuliani struggled to define his moderate position on several issues. Now, his tendency to change his mind is threatening to become an issue in his presidential bid.
Iraq Testimony Prompts Frustration on Hill
The two top U.S. officials in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, complete two days of Capitol Hill testimony on Iraq. The grim consensus: It's difficult to remain in Iraq ... and difficult to leave.
Ethiopians Lobby for Democratic Reform
Ethiopia is a significant U.S. ally in the war on terror. When the U.S. wanted a change of government in neighboring Somalia, Ethiopian troops made it happen. Now some Ethiopian dissidents are lobbying Americans for democratic reform.
Ancient Ethiopian Culture Crosses Millennium
An ancient culture leaps into the new millennium. Ethiopia follows a calendar from ancient Roman times. And according to that calendar, it is just New Year's Day, in the year 2000.
OPEC Agrees to Boost Production
Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries surprised many when they agreed to increase production. The extra 500,000 barrels a day is supposed to calm fears about a tightening supply this winter. It's also supposed to push down prices.
Judge: Fast-Food Menus Need No Calorie Count
A federal judge strikes down a New York City rule that would have required some fast-food restaurants to post the calorie count on menus. The decision may embolden restaurants in their fight against a wave of new regulations aimed at obesity.
Work Groups Make Telecommute a Social Affair
Working from home can be lonely. So a group of New Yorkers has come up with an alternative to the office. Every few weeks, telecommuters gather at private homes to work in shared space on unrelated projects.
Survey: Casual Dress Leaves Workers Uneasy
One survey finds that dress codes are so relaxed that employees don't know what to wear anymore. More than 40 percent say they wear jeans or whatever is most comfortable to the office. But most still think how they dress affects their performance reviews.