Storm plans are in place, but can't protect everyone Is the Twin Cities metro area ready to handle a major tornado, like the one that swept through Joplin, Missouri, a year ago? We take a look at how various public and private entities are prepared in this special report from MPR News and KARE 11 News.6:35 a.m.
Minn. Zoo to close dolphin exhibit Visitors to the Minnesota Zoo only have a few months left to see the two dolphins there. The animals will be sent to other aquariums while the zoo's Discovery Bay building is under renovation, and they will not be coming back.6:50 a.m.
Best Buy's Richard Schulze: Stereo seller to retail giant In 1966, Best Buy was a stereo specialty retailer called Sound of Music, founded by Richard Schulze in St. Paul. Today, Schulze is another casualty of the recent scandal that swept Best Buy's chief executive Brian Dunn out of the company.7:20 a.m.
Best Buy scandal brings lessons about corporate governance Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is stepping down as chairman after an investigation found Schulze did not disclose allegations the company's CEO was having an improper relationship with a female employee. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Harvard professor Bill George about corporate governance.7:25 a.m.
Severson aims at Klobuchar with Cain, Ryan economics As Severson campaigns to convince Republicans he's the one they should choose to run against Klobuchar, he lists federal government agencies he says the constitution never authorized and that should be shut down.7:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Volker Rule Languishes Without Guidelines
The botched trade at JPMorgan Chase has revived debate on Capitol Hill over whether the recent Dodd Frank financial regulation law gets tough enough on Wall Street. Federal regulators have taken months, and may take several more, to come up with guidelines to implement the Volcker rule.
JPMorgan's Loss A Gain For Campaign Positioning
JPMorgan Chase's $2 billion loss in a risky investment brings attention to the presidential candidates' stances on financial regulation. President Obama supported the Dodd-Frank act, while Mitt Romney has said he would replace it with other regulations.
Obama Ad Blasts Romney's Time At Bain Capital
The Obama re-election committee on Monday released a two-minute ad taking aim at Republican rival Mitt Romney's record at the private equity firm Bain Capital. The ad challenges Romney's claim that his business experience qualifies him to turn the economy around.
Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers
Mysterious fumes wafting in from outside have repeatedly sickened several nurses at a rural Pennsylvania health clinic, forcing the clinic to temporarily relocate. Like many other people living near gas wells around the country, the clinic's staff wonder whether the industry in their backyard is making them sick.
Should Parents Be Able To Sue For 'Wrongful Birth'?
Several states are debating "wrongful birth" laws that would prevent parents from suing a doctor who fails to warn them about fetal problems. Critics say the laws give doctors the right to withhold information so women don't have abortions.
Fact Checking Data On The Boomerang Generation
The fact-checking organization PolitiFact looked into a claim made in a political ad. It said 85 percent of recent college graduates moved back in with their parents. That number is wrong. Kim Parker, the lead researcher for a Pew Research Center survey on the boomerang generation, talks to Steve Inskeep about what the real number is.
Facebook Raises Anticipated Stock Price
Investor excitement over Facebook's upcoming initial public offering has prompted the company to raise the price range for its shares. The social networking company says in a regulatory filing that it expects to sell its stock for between $34 and $38 per share. That's higher than a previous range of $28 to $35.
LightSquared Files For Bankruptcy Protection
LightSquared, which had been trying for years to build a high-speed wireless broadband network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's plans ran afoul of government regulators who said the new network would interfere with GPS signals.
Canada's Housing Market Booms; Experts See Trouble
Canada's real estate market is one of the hottest in the developed world. In Toronto, where prices rose 10 percent in March, the average detached house costs more than $600,000. But some worry that Canada is experiencing a housing bubble that's about to burst.