How Minnesota distributes H1N1 vaccine The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to provide an update today on the H1N1 flu in the U.S., as well as the distribution of the vaccine for the disease.6:20 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Petters treasurer testifies in fraud trial Robert White, who was the treasurer for Petters Company Incorporated, continues his testimony today in the federal fraud trial of Tom Petters. White testified yesterday about his role in the $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme that Petters is accused of running. Investors thought their money was used to buy and sell consumer electronics at a fat profit. But the government says the goods never existed.7:20 a.m.
13 Die In Fort Hood Shooting, Suspect Hospitalized
Officials at Fort Hood say 13 people died and 30 were wounded when an Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Texas post. Military officials are trying to unravel why the shooting happened. The suspect is wounded and under guard.
Karzai Must Kick Out 'Cronies' To Succeed, Kerry Says
When the main challenger to Afghan President Hamid Karzai dropped out of a planned runoff, it did more than end two months of election disputes. According to Sen. John Kerry, it also gives Karzai a chance to prove his legitimacy — and to become a stronger ally to America.
Babies May Pick Up Language Cues In Womb
A new study reveals that the melody of a newborn's cries seems to be influenced by the sound of the parents' native tongue. The findings suggest that crying infants may be imitating the patterns of the language they heard before they were born.
'Big Oil' Returns To Redevelop Iraq's Oil Fields
In the six years since the U.S. invasion, Iraq's oil production has hardly matched the level under Saddam Hussein. Iraq's oil minister had been harshly criticized, but this week the world's largest oil companies signed multi-billion dollar deals to redevelop Iraq's oil fields. What's most impressive is that the oil minister got the companies to accept Iraq's conditions and terms.
Why Do Countries Rich In Oil Still Have Poverty?
This week's Planet Money report deals with what economists call the "paradox of oil." We'll meet two men who work in the African nation of Angola. One is an American, who makes big money in the oil business. The other is an Angolan who sells chewing gum on the street.
U.S. Insider Trading Probe Widens
Federal authorities accused the founder of the Galleon hedge fund and five others of making millions of dollars illegally by using insider information to make trades. The six have denied wrongdoing. Authorities have charged 14 more people with insider trading. The suspects are not only from hedge funds but also from large corporations like Intel and IBM.
Colorado Plans To Lower Minimum Wage In 2010
Colorado will soon become the first state to cut its minimum wage. The 3 cent reduction will bring the wage down to $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal minimum. The cut is required by a law that ties the wage to inflation. But employment experts say companies are unlikely to cut the minimum for existing workers.
How Do You Find A Job? Ask The Algorithm
The state of New York is looking for ways to reduce the time the unemployed spend looking for jobs, and it's turning to a mathematical formula for help. Using an algorithm developed by a Boston technology company, the program directs resumes to the employers most likely to make a hire.
Tower Of London Warders Suspended For Bullying
Two Tower of London Beefeaters have been suspended for allegedly harassing a female colleague. She is the first woman appointed to the post in more than 500 years. The warders, who patrol the fortress on the banks of the Thames, are popularly known as "Beefeaters" because of the rations of meat they were given during medieval times.