Living wage eyed for St. Paul
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he supports a plan to impose a living wage requirement on businesses receiving city contracts. The ordinance, which was introduced yesterday, has wide support from City Council members, but the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce is voicing concern about the proposal.
Minnesota Public Radio's Marisa Helms reports.7:10 a.m.
"Chasing Windmills" is pretty hard work Lately a camera crew has been working--working very hard--in downtown Minneapolis. They're making a drama called "Chasing Windmills" that's posted every weekday on the World Wide Web.7:45 a.m.
Holiday arts season
Cathy Wurzer talks with Morning Edition's arts commentator Dominic Papatola about holiday offerings in the arts communmity.8:25 a.m.
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Trent Lott Returns to the Spotlight with Whip Win
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Congolese Wary of Violence After Kabila Victory
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Seattle at Odds with NBA Team on Arena Upgrade
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