Transplanted Minnesotans may jeopardize 8th congressional seat Retiree Ray McGee won't be at his St. Paul home when Census forms are mailed out next year, he'll be staying at his winter home in California. Minnesota officials are concerned about where these "snowbirds" will be counted--one of Minnesota's congressional seats depends on population numbers.6:20 a.m.
Local poets putting words in motion In Minneapolis Tuesday night, some local poets are going to get animated - or at least their verses will move. They hope to shake up the poetry world with what they call Motionpoems.6:25 a.m.
Karzai Challenger Says Runoff Could Restore Faith
Amid allegations of fraud, pressure is mounting on Afghan President Karzai to accept a runoff election or form a power-sharing government. Karzai's main challenger former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah tells Renee Montagne that a runoff would restore the people's faith in the election process.
Diplomats Try To Resolve Afghan Political Crisis
There has been a political vacuum in Afghanistan since the disputed presidential election in late August. An investigation into allegations of widespread election fraud has wrapped up. The probe indicates President Karzai did not get more than 50 percent of the vote, which means there should be a runoff election. Diplomats have been trying to persuade Karzai to accept a runoff or power-sharing agreement.
To Cut Costs, Airlines Send Repairs Abroad
Recent malfunctions affecting US Airways planes raise questions about a controversial and growing practice at most U.S. airlines: The industry is sending almost 1 out of every 5 planes needing overhaul or repair to developing countries, from Central America to Asia.
Flu Worries Pump Up Sales Of Hand Sanitizer
Concern over the H1N1, or swine flu, virus has been a big boost for companies that make hand sanitizer. The company behind Purell, the best-selling sanitizer, says it's ramping up production — keeping factories open around the clock and hiring more workers.
Colleges See Rise In Mental Health Issues
More college students than ever before are seeking psychiatric help on campus, according to recent national surveys of campus therapists. To raise awareness and dispel stigma, one innovative student theater group dramatized real-life accounts from students living with mental health problems.
Oil Prices Jump To 2009 Record High
For more than a week the price of oil has been rising. Prices jumped above $79 a barrel Monday before falling back. Prices are up because investors have been betting that world economies are recovering, and consumer demand for energy will rise. But if prices go too high that could harm the economy by leading consumers to cut back spending on other items.
Wal-Mart, Amazon Trade Price Cuts On Books
Wal-Mart has launched an online price war with Amazon.com. Some popular hardback books are being marketed for around $9 on both retailers' websites. The price war is making book selling increasingly difficult for brick and mortar chains and independents.
Oregon's Mushroom Crop Attracts Pickers
Every October Oregon becomes a mecca for mushroom pickers. In the past, most have ties to southeast Asia, where harvesting the forest is part of traditional culture. Because of the tough economy, less experience pickers are showing up to try to make money. Some mushrooms are worth more than $700 a pound on the international market.
Polaroid Instant Film To Return In 2010
When Polaroid announced last year that it would stop making its iconic film, professionals in real estate, construction and fashion criticized the move. They said they needed the instant hard copy for their work. Polaroid has announced that new cameras and film will be on sale sometime next year.
Iran, World Powers Resume Nuclear Talks
Negotiators for Iran, the United States and other countries meet Monday in Vienna on a plan to allow Iran to send its enriched uranium abroad for processing, and ease concerns in the West that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.