Potholes get bigger as budgets get tighter Cities with aging infrastructure are particularly nervous about pending state budget cuts. White Bear Lake has 26 miles of streets awaiting reconstruction, and some projects may need to be delayed.6:50 a.m.
Farmers polish marketing skills A tightening agricultural economy has farmers exploring every option they have to get a little more for what they produce. For some farmers that means entering the complex world of grain marketing.6:55 a.m.
Dems talk of seating Franken There are movements in Washington to possbily seat Democrat Al Franken, even before the legal challenge to the election recount is settled. Franken finished the recount ahead of Republican Norn Coleman by 225 votes, but Coleman is challenging the results in court.7:20 a.m.
Were votes counted twice? Maybe Minneapolis election judges may be asked to take the stand in Minnesota's U.S. Senate election contest. But many election judges say it's hard to remember what seemed like minor details from a hectic day two months ago.7:25 a.m.
Obama Gets Down To Business On First Day
President Barack Obama is freezing all pending federal rules changes left by the Bush administration. He also froze salaries for White House staffers who make more than $100,000 a year. And because of some bungled wording during Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony, Chief Justice John Roberts re-administered the oath to Obama Wednesday.
Boehner: GOP Must Offer 'Better Solutions' In 2009
President Obama has taken office with the promise to transcend old divisions. Whether he's successful may depend partly on House Minority Leader John Boehner, who has pledged that Republicans will not be the "party of 'no.' " But that doesn't mean he agrees with Democrats on every issue. Take global warming, for instance.
Veterans Turn To Online Strangers For Financial Help
Many veterans, especially those who are disabled or wounded, are turning to the Internet to ask strangers to help them make ends meet. A growing number of Web sites are designed to link veterans needing assistance with people who can provide it.
Oregon's AG Investigates Portland Mayor's Affair
Oregon's state attorney general has agreed to investigate claims made by the mayor of Portland that he lied to cover up a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old. Mayor Sam Adams has admitted that he lied to cover up his relationship with a teenage legislative intern because rumors were being spread that Adams had sex with a minor.
Expert: Quit Smoking Before 50, Cut Health Risks
President Obama has promised that he'll obey the no-smoking policy at the White House. But he has also acknowledged that he has had difficulty quitting cigarettes. Experts say it's never too late to quit and that it can drastically cut the risk of heart disease, strokes and other health problems later in life.
iPod, iPhone Sales Boost Apple's Bottom Line
Shoppers snapped up so many iPods, iPhones and Mac computers that Apple Inc. sales for the most recent quarter rose nearly 6 percent. Profits were up 2 percent. Other consumer technology companies aren't doing so well. Sony is forecasting a record loss, Nokia is reporting a big drop in sales and IBM is cutting jobs.
Study Predicts More Uninsured Drivers On The Road
The troubled U.S. economy is driving up the number of uninsured motorists. A correlation between unemployment and uninsured drivers always seemed logical, but now the Insurance Research Council has put a number on the phenomenon.
China's Economy Slows To 6.8 Percent Last Quarter
By most countries' standards, China's economy is flourishing. It grew almost 7 percent in the last quarter and 9 percent for 2008. Still, that was a slowdown, snapping a five-year streak of double-digit growth. China is the world's third-largest economy after the United States and Japan.
In China, Starbucks Market Is Piping Hot
China's economy may be slowing, but it is still one of the fastest-growing markets for Starbucks. Since China's Lunar New Year holiday is Monday, Starbucks is tapping further into the market by rolling out a new coffee blend that includes beans grown in China. The company says it's been working with growers in southwestern China, an area is known for coffee production.