High humidity highlighted storm that brought first tornado MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a storm earlier this week that included the state's first tornado this year. He also said the forecast has rain in it for the next few days.6:50 a.m.
A surprisingly early emphasis for Pawlenty campaign: foreign policy As he explores a run for president, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been a frequent critic of President Obama's foreign policy. Pawlenty has accused Obama of projecting weakness and subordinating U.S. interests to outside organizations, including the United Nations and the Arab League.7:20 a.m.
Lowertown yet to feel benefits of Central Corridor The state's largest public works project ever has been a huge payday for thousands of workers, but some of the businesses along the line report sharp revenue losses as construction blocks access to them.7:50 a.m.
Governor's fishing guide ready to go It's a time honored Minnesota tradition. The Governor's fishing opener is tomorrow and Gov. Mark Dayton will head to Grand Rapids in search of walleye.8:20 a.m.
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Rolling Fork Ready To Confront Ol' Man River
Thousands of acres of the Mississippi Delta are being inundated by floodwaters. Backwater levees along the Yazoo River, which feeds into the Mississippi, are not high enough to withstand this record flood. One town in the danger zone is Rolling Fork, which was home to legendary Mississippi bluesman Muddy Waters.
Flood Forces Towboats Into 'Unchartered Water'
Rosedale, Miss, is in the middle of the flood zone in the Mississippi Delta. John Janoush, vice president of Jantran, which operates towboats, tells Steve Inskeep that six of his towboats are stuck on the Arkansas River, a tributary of the Mississippi.
Sen. Lugar Raises Afghan Mission Questions
Sen. Richard Lugar, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, talks to Steve Inkseep about funding for Afghanistan and Pakistan. This week the committee is debating funding for the Afghan war.
With Billions At Stake, Firms Play Name That Mop
The first "public relations" that a product has is its name, so it has to be good. Because a product's name can have an impact on sales, there are many do's and don'ts for coming up with one. Marketing experts reveal the tricks of the trade.
Rebel Leader Asks U.S. For Frozen Libya Funds
Mahmoud Jibril, prime minister of the so-called Transitional National Council, is making the rounds in Washington. His goal: to persuade the U.S. to recognize the body as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people — and to give it some of the $30 billion in Libyan assets the U.S. has frozen.
The Finance Minister Who Robbed A Bank
When the Libyan rebels went to look for someone to run their war economy, they went to an unlikely source: an economics teacher at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Tsunami Delays New Version Of Toyota's Prius
Toyota was supposed to launch a new version of its Prius hybrid car Friday in Japan. But some buyers will have to wait until next year for delivery, because of shortages of a new battery. The shortage is the result of production delays caused by the March earthquake and tsunami.
Oil Company Executives Defend Tax Breaks
CEOs from the major oil companies were on Capitol Hill Thursday, being grilled by Democratic senators. Members of Senate Finance Committee asked the executives to testify about the tax breaks their companies receive.
GOP Blasts Plan For More Political Money Disclosure
Big oil wasn't the only target for lawmakers' anger Thursday. Over on the House side, Republicans on two committees, joined forces to lambaste an Obama administration proposal for more disclosure of political money. White House officials are drafting an executive order that would mandate disclosure from prospective government contractors.