New communication tools keep flood victims in touch People living through the flood of the Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead area are much more connected than they were during the last big flood in 1997. Kids especially, have found new ways to stay in touch with their family and friends.6:40 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.8:25 a.m.
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GM's Wagoner To Leave At White House Request
The White House is giving General Motors and Chrysler one last chance to convince Washington they deserve more bailout money. The administration has found neither submitted acceptable restructuring plans. Meanwhile, GM's Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner has been forced out as part of the last-ditch effort to save the auto giant.
Pollster Examines Clinton's Health Care Efforts
Stan Greenberg was the in-house pollster for the Clinton administration. In his new book, Dispatches from the War Room, he reflects on President Clinton's efforts to overhaul health care — what worked and what didn't.
Colleges Work Harder To Lure New Students
A down economy usually means a bump in enrollment at colleges and universities: Applications tend to go up as job prospects go down. But in this recession, private colleges especially are finding themselves working harder to fill freshman classes.
Obama Seeks To Change Federal Student Loans
President Obama's higher education agenda includes major changes to the federal student loan program and a push to make Pell grants for lower income students an entitlement. Similar proposals were pushed by Presidents Bush and Clinton. But they went nowhere on Capitol Hill. So is this the year they will finally pass?
Red River Still Above Flood Stage
Officials continue to monitor water levels along the Red River, which separates North Dakota from Minnesota. The river has stopped rising for now. However, it is still above flood stage and is expected to remain dangerously high for a week.
Gunmen Storm Pakistan Police Academy
Gunmen stormed a police academy near Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday. At least 11 officers were killed and dozens more wounded during morning drills. The assault bears a striking resemblance to other attacks — including one less than a month ago in Lahore in which the Sri Lankan cricket team was ambushed.
South African Election Tests ANC's Hold On Power
South Africans go to the polls next month in the most contentious election since the country's first all-race poll in 1994. That's because the African National Congress, which has dominated politics for the past 15 years, has split. The voting is expected to be the biggest test yet of the country's young democracy.
Peugeot CEO Out, KB Home Former CEO In Court
The head of France's biggest carmaker Peugeot-Citroen has been ousted at the behest of the company's board. Peugeot is suffering from plummeting car sales, big losses and a low stock price. And the former CEO of a major American homebuilder is to be arraigned in Los Angeles Monday on charges of financial fraud.
Businesses Balance Customer Service With Job Cuts
Retailers, restaurants and other businesses are trying to find the right balance between customer service and lower labor costs. It's a juggling act to be sure, but what companies decide could affect their long-term future.
N.Y. Company Launches Kosher Tequila
Star Industries of New York is producing a half million cases of its Agave 99 at a plant in Mexico, using methods certified by a rabbi. That's so Orthodox Jews can enjoy the popular Mexican drink. And they won't have to wait until the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. The company says the 99-proof kosher tequila should be out in time for the Jewish holiday of Passover.