Minnesota Health Department prepares for swine flu Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan are in Cold Spring, Minnesota this morning to talk with school district and local officials about next steps after receiving confirmation that a person at Rocori Middle School has the H1N1 Swine Flu virus.7:25 a.m.
Art Hounds: Week of April 30 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.8:25 a.m.
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Rain Forest Residents, Texaco Face Off In Ecuador
A judge is preparing to render a decision in a lawsuit filed in 1993 by residents of Ecuador's Amazonian rain forest against Chevron, owner of Texaco, for fouling their land. A court-appointed expert agrees with many of the plaintiffs' charges and has assessed damages at $27 billion.
Power Industry Sees New Phase In Energy Use
As plans are made to revamp the U.S. electric grid, many in the electric industry see their job as a simple one: to keep the lights on. But others, including Xcel Energy, are bringing smart grid technology — and new business challenges — to entire cities.
Government Looks Online To Spread Word On Flu
References to swine flu in the blogosphere are far surpassing the actual spread of the virus itself. As the government tries to get in front of the rapid spread of information, it's learning some important lessons about how social media is used in crisis situations.
Obama Pleased With Progress But Not Satisfied
To mark his 100 days in office, President Obama held a prime-time news conference Wednesday. It was the third news conference of his presidency and the first not dominated by the recession. The president promised to keep up the whirlwind pace.
Congress Passes Obama's Budget Plan
Democratic majorities in the House and Senate hustled to give President Obama a symbolic victory on his 100th day in office. They adopted a budget plan — a non-binding resolution that provides a framework for future legislation. The blueprint got no Republican support.
Despite Flu, U.S., Mexico Border Stays Open
Obama administration officials will be taking questions on the swine flu during a webcast Thursday. On Capitol Hill Wednesday, health officials had to explain why closing U.S. borders won't keep out swine flu.
Egypt To Slaughter Pigs As A Flu Precaution
In the midst of the anxiety over the swine flu outbreak, the Egyptian government has ordered the slaughter of the country's entire hog population. Egypt's majority Muslims don't eat pork, so it is minority Coptic Christians who manage the country's pig farms.
U.S. Surprised By Taliban's Land Grab In Pakistan
Analysts are debating the motives behind Pakistan's latest offensive against the Taliban. Some speculate the military offensive is a way to win Washington's approval and an aid package worth billions of dollars.
Interrogation Results Prompt Scrutiny Of Methods
Two different interrogation programs, one run by the U.S. military and one run by the CIA, had similar goals but operated under very different rules. And what came out of them is making some officials wonder if tough interrogation techniques were really necessary at all.
Chrysler Closer To Filing For Bankruptcy Protection
Talks aimed at keeping Chrysler out of bankruptcy are said to have broken down. Key investors who hold Chrysler's debt refuse to budge. Chrysler's likely to file for Chapter 11 protection as early as Thursday.