Meth affects the workplace in Minnesota
Methamphetamine is starting to take its toll on Minnesota businesses. The highly addictive drug can cause low-productivity, absenteeism and even white collar theft. While the state government and public health officials have cued into the problem, some experts say businesses also need to be paying attention. Cathy Wurzer talked with Nicole Garrison Sprenger, one of the reporters who covered the story for this week's edition of The Business Journal.6:25 a.m.
Cathy Wurzer talked with Mark Seely about weather in Minnesota.6:55 a.m.
Twins stadium proposal passes key test The Minnesota House Taxes Committee is expected to take final action Friday on a proposal that would fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins in downtown Minneapolis.7:20 a.m.
If it wasn't for the rock supergroup U2, singer songwriter Van Morrison would probably be Ireland's number one musical export. Morrison performs at the Target Center tomorrow night. If you can't make the show you can get a dose of "Van" another way. Minnesota Public Radio's Chris Roberts has this profile of a Minneapolis cover band devoted almost exclusively to Morrison's music.7:50 a.m.
Guardian Angels return to Minnesota
Guardian Angels will patrol Minneapolis streets this weekend. Curtis Sliwa, founder and leader of the Guardian Angels, is in Minneapolis for a meeting wtih Interim Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan about possibly establishing a longer-term presence in the city. Cathy Wurzer talked to Chief Dolan about the Angels on the streets.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Democrats Struggle to Focus on 2006 Elections
As Democrats hold a spring meeting in New Orleans, the focus is meant to be on the 2006 mid-term elections. But many delegates want to talk about the 2008 presidential campaign. Representatives of several states are vying to hold presidential nominating primaries earlier in the 2008 election cycle.
Mark Warner: World Help Needed to Stabilize Iraq
Mark Warner isn't saying whether he'll jump into the Democratic race for president in 2008, as many expect him to, but the former Virginia governor has some advice about the war in Iraq for the next commander-in-chief.
Bumpy Political Terrain Lies Ahead for New Italian PM
Italy's new Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, won by a narrow margin in recent elections. Difficult days lie ahead for Prodi as he attempts to rule in the wake of outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and revive Italy's sagging economy.
Researchers Tie Gene Clusters to Chronic Fatigue
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Researchers have identified clusters of genes that appear to be linked to the tiredness and lack of energy associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The findings, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, could lead to a better understanding of the condition.
Consensus on Health Care System Fixes Remains Elusive
Congress orders a taskforce to re-launch the national health care debate. The effort is intended to go around the usual special interests, directly to the American public. While attendees across the country agree that the system is in trouble, consensus on how to fix it remains elusive.
Foreclosures a Sign of Bursting Denver Housing Bubble?
Commentator Lou Barnes takes a second look at Colorado's housing market. Last year, Barnes stated that any talk of a housing bubble was just that, talk. Rene Montagne reports that new numbers show foreclosures are much higher in the Denver area than the national average.
Working Through the Concept of Micro-Finance
This week, a group of bankers and MBA students assemble to talk about micro-financing. The group tries to imagine what life would be like without insurance, credit cards and bank accounts, a common situation in developing countries. Rachael Myrow of member station KPCC reports.
Ceremony Trumps Substance at Meeting of Presidents
China's President Hu Jintao visits with President Bush. The two presidents discussed a wide range of issues, but made no major announcements. Hu wraps up his trip to the U.S. with a visit to Yale University in Connecticut.
China Spans the Globe Searching for New Energy Sources
Asia energy expert Mikkal Herberg talks with Steve Inskeep about China's oil consumption. With a growing economy and 1.3 billion people, the country is scrambling for energy resources. The hunt for energy sources has China looking in places link Angola and Iran, countries that are not U.S. allies. But it is also courting U.S. friends like Saudi Arabia.