Other states offer only limited guidance for Minnesota on voter ID Minnesota could become the 34th state to enact a voter identification requirement, but only the second to add it to the state constitution. Other states at best offer only a hint of what might be coming. The laws vary widely, and the details of the proposed Minnesota requirement remain unclear.6:40 a.m.
Lockouts becoming more common in labor disputes Lockouts used to be relatively rare in the United States, tut more than eleven percent of work stoppages last year were lockouts, which is a dramatic increase from two decades ago. Labor expert John Remington of the University of Minnesota spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the trend.7:40 a.m.
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Obama Encourages Ohio Supporters To Vote Early
Early voting begins next week in Ohio. That helps explain why both campaigns are pouring so much love into the state right now. When people booed descriptions of Mitt Romney's policies, the president told them, "Don't boo, vote."
Romney Tries To Win Ohio's Working-Class Voters
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's swing through Ohio took him from the suburbs of Columbus through parched cornfields and pumpkin patches to industrial corridors near Cleveland and Toledo. Romney says his policies will make things better for struggling Americans.
Big Quakes Signal Changes Coming To Earth's Crust
A huge, magnitude-8.7 earthquake in April produced stronger ground shaking than any earthquake ever recorded, and surprised seismologists by triggering more than a dozen moderate earthquakes around the world. One seismologist thinks we're witnessing the gradual evolution of a new boundary between tectonic plates.
In Solyndra's Wake, Solar Company Sees Bright Spot
SoloPower is on its way to receiving a loan of $197 million from the Energy Department — the same kind given to now-bankrupt Solyndra. But SoloPower has to meet a number of benchmarks before tapping into the fund, and one step toward that is the opening of a new plant in Oregon on Thursday.
Florida School District Requires Fit Custodians
Janitors suffer some of the highest rates of injury on the job. That costs employers millions of dollars in compensation and lost work time. A Florida school district decided to address the issue by instituting a fitness test for prospective custodians. But the test is so tough the district is having a hard time filling positions.
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New Anti-Obesity Ads Blaming Overweight Parents Spark Criticism
Critics say the ads, created by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, are condescending and could have a negative effect on people who are overweight. But the company stands by the ads, saying the obesity problem is so big, they needed to take dramatic action.
U.S. Banker Arrested On Fraud Charges In London
Kareem Serageldin is accused of hiding mortgage security losses during the financial crisis. He faces extradition to the U.S. A former senior trader for Credit Suisse, Serageldin is the highest level Wall Street executive to be charged in a case related to the 2008 financial meltdown.
Has Apple's Feud With Google Hurt Its iPhone 5?
The fallout from Apple's controversial decision to drop Google Maps from the iPhone 5 continues. Customers aren't giving Apple Maps any love, and analysts say Apple made an uncharacteristic blunder in dumping Google.
Atlanta Symphony Musicians Ratify New Contract
When the two sides couldn't reach an agreement last month, players were locked out of the Woodruff Arts Center. With the season set to begin in just one week, the musicians approved a deal with $5 million in concessions.