The future of TV is High-Definition
Tonight, KARE-11 will become the first Twin Cities television station to broadcast its news programs in High Definition. HD-TV has been touted as the biggest leap in television since the move from black-and-white to color. It's designed to create sharper, clearer pictures. Cathy Wurzer talked with Brian Cooley, editor-at-large of CNET dot com, about what HD-TV means for consumers6:25 a.m.
Pioneer Press sold to MediaNews Group McClatchy is selling off 12 Knight Ridder papers, including the four that are part of this deal. While the buyer has emerged, MediaNews Group's plans for the St. Paul Pioneer Press remain a mystery.7:20 a.m.
Jeffers says she's tougher than Pawlenty Minneapolis business owner Sue Jeffers announces her candidacy for governor Thursday, taking on Gov. Tim Pawlenty for the Republican endorsement. Jeffers is an outspoken critic of Pawlenty, saying he's not conservative enough.7:50 a.m.
Guardian Angels meet tonight
The red-bereted Guardian Angels could be patrolling northeast Minneapolis within a month. Neighborhood leaders will meet with Angel officials at Columbia Grounds coffee shop in northeast Minneapolis to outline a training program for people who want to be Angels. Cathy Wurzer talked with Curtis Sliwa, the president and founder of the Guardian Angels.7:55 a.m.
Etiquette for arts patrons
Cathy Wurzer talked with Dominic Papatola, Morning Edition arts commentator. Papatola advised patrons on how navigate uncomfortable situations at the theater or other arts venues.8:25 a.m.
Hatch criticizes Blue Cross Blue Shield's financial reserves
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is releasing a report today criticizing Blue Cross Blue Shield's financial reserves. The report says the Minnesota-based nonprofit health care company continues to raise health care premiums -- even though the insurer has more than one-billion dollars in reserves. Blue Cross disputes the size of the reserves. Cathy Wurzer talked with Attorney General Mike Hatch and Colleen Reitan, Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield President.8:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Report Concludes That FEMA Should Be Replaced
Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commitee are proposing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency be eliminated. After investigating the response to Hurricane Katrina, the committee releases a draft report recommending the creation of a new National Preparedness and Response Authority to replace FEMA.
Vaccine for Marburg Virus Tests Well in Monkeys
Researchers say they've successfully treated monkeys who were infected with Marburg virus, a cousin of the Ebola virus. This is the first time a vaccine has been shown to be effective as a treatment for deadly viruses like Marburg.
Fort Stewart Families Cope with Strain of Separation
The Army is trying to help families reunited after yearlong deployments through programs and workshops for soldiers. But the real work of reconnecting falls to the individual families who want to make their relationships successful.
Emergency Bill Funds Mississippi Rail-Line Work
The Senate votes against trimming a $106.5 billion emergency spending bill. The money will be used to fund operations in Iraq, hurricane relief and add-ons. One of the controversial additions is $700 million for relocation of a rail line along the Mississippi coast.
What's Triggering Your Migraine?
What do a strong latte, a drop in barometric pressure, and soybeans have in common? Neurologist Dr. David Buchholz believes they're all triggers for migraines. And he doesn't believe heavy-duty pain medications are the answer.
Disinfectant Wipes Safe for Computer Keyboards
Is your computer making you sick? It's not a stretch to realize your keyboard can harbor all sorts of bugs. The good news is that many disinfectant wipes -- even sterile water -- do a safe job of keeping bacteria at bay.
Shareholders Question Executive Pay at Pfizer
At the annual meeting of Pfizer shareholders, some attendees plan to protest the pay package for the company's chief executive. According to critics, Pfizer has changed the way it pays top executives to justify high levels of compensation. The company's stock is hovering near a seven-year low.
Congress Votes Against Internet Neutrality Bill
Congress defeats legislation that would have required all Internet traffic to be treated equally as it moves across the network. Telephone and cable companies want to start charging higher rates for faster and preferential connections.
Bill Would Clamp Down on Intelligence Leaks
House lawmakers have approved a bill authorizing intelligence programs for the coming year. Among its provisions: an amendment that seeks to rein in those who would leak national secrets to reporters.