As Minn. considers marriage amendment, a look at same-sex unions in Iowa In 2009, Iowa's Supreme Court ruled that limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution. It became the third state in the nation, and the first in the heartland, to legalize marriage between same-sex couples.6:50 a.m.
New Hastings bridge lifted into place Crews have been out all night slowly jacking up a huge slab of concrete and steel into its place as the main span of the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings. The mayor of Hastings, Paul Hicks, was there overnight and talked to Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about what he saw.7:25 a.m.
Activists criticize DFL in battle against voter ID Activists are working to get voters to reject the a proposed requirement that Minnesotans show photo identification to vote, which is seen as a setback for civil rights. Some are disappointed that the Minnesota DFL Party hasn't done more to help the anti-voter ID campaign.7:45 a.m.
It was a good weekend for Minnesota football fans It's being hailed as the biggest win in a long while for the Minnesota Vikings. Yesterday, the Vikings beat the highly-regarded San Francisco 49s by a score of 24 to 13 at the Metrodome. The Vikings are now 2 and 1 this season after starting last year 0-4. Howard Sinker, Digital Sports Editor for the Star Tribune, discussed the local sports scene with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.8:25 a.m.
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Ads Slice Up Swing States With Growing Precision
Everything in this year's presidential election is supersized, except for the number of swing states in play. That's forcing a bigger pot of money to be pumped into a smaller pool of states. "There is such focus on relatively few markets that the levels of advertising we're seeing are really uncharted waters," one media analyst says.
'60 Minutes' Airs Obama, Romney Interviews
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney insisted his campaign doesn't need a turnaround, despite serious missteps recently. President Obama defended his handling of the economy and the nation's worst recession in decades.
'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' Are Big Emmy Winners Homeland, which puts the battle against terrorism on American soil, was honored Sunday night as best drama series at the Emmy Awards. The show's stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis also won trophies. Modern Family was named best comedy.
Mexican Drug War Chokes Nuevo Laredo With Fear
Narcotraffickers battling over turf in northern Mexico's border town of Nuevo Laredo have left a trail of bodies and a populace afraid to speak. Last week, nine corpses were dumped near the outskirts of the city. Making matters worse, 131 inmates escaped from a prison in about two hours outside Nuevo Laredo.
Two New Drugs May Help In Fight Against Obesity
Both the drugs — Belviq and Qsymia — were approved in July. They make you feel satisfied with less food — and not as hungry between meals. But there are side effects, including dry mouth, constipation and a slight tingling in fingers and toes; Qsymia can also cause birth defects.
Is CrossFit Training Good For Kids?
In the past few years, some sports medicine specialists have become convinced that strength training activities like CrossFit can be great for kids. But others worry that CrossFit trainers aren't teaching appropriate techniques for weightlifting to adults, much less kids.
Village Voice To Split From Ad Site
Village Voice Media Holdings, the company that publishes the newspaper of the same name, is breaking up with its controversial advertising service. Backpage.com has been accused of facilitating sex trafficking, and activists have been pressuring the Village Voice to shut down its adult classifieds service.
Dow 30: UnitedHealth Replaces Kraft
Starting Monday, Kraft Food will no longer be included in the Dow Jones industrial average. It's been replaced by health care company UnitedHealth. Those who run the average said the swap was prompted by Kraft's decision to spin off part of its business. The move makes the company too small to be include in the average.