Minnesota Guard commander: Bush border plan is 'doable' President Bush has proposed sending 6,000 National Guard troops to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border for illegal immigrants. Some are concerned the Guard is becoming over-extended, since many units are also serving in Iraq. The head of Minnesota's National Guard, Gen. Larry Shellito, says Bush's plan is "doable." He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:20 a.m.
St. Paul eyes Hockey Hall of Fame
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame may have a future in St. Paul. The doors to the museum closed in Eveleth, Minnesota last week after 30 years in its Iron Range location. The museum has struggled financially since opening in 1972. Now, St. Paul officials are hoping to make the capitol city the new home for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Cathy Wurzer talked with Dan Bostrom, a St. Paul City Council member who would like to see the museum relocate in his city.8:25 a.m.
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Prosecution Lambastes Enron Defendants in Closing Arguments
Lawyers for former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling make their closing arguments today. Yesterday, it was the prosecution's turn to sum up their case. The prosecution did not hesitate to reiterate their view of the former Enron managers as criminals attempting to escape responsibility for their actions.
Bush Calls for Border Troops, Guest Workers
President Bush tells the nation in televised Oval Office speech on illegal immigration that "America can be a lawful society, and a welcoming society." The president plans to send 6,000 troops to help tighten the U.S.-Mexico border. But he also called again for a guest-worker program.
A Mexican View of the Border
Juan Hernandez, former head of Mexico's Office for Mexicans Abroad, talks with Renee Montagne about President Bush's televised immigration address. Hernandez is the author of the book The New American Pioneers: Why Are We Afraid of Mexican Immigrants?.
California Hospitals Struggle with Earthquake Mandate
California hospitals are mandated to be safe in the event of a major earthquake. The institutions most vulnerable to quake damage are the state's small, rural hospitals. But many say the cost of seismic retrofitting is too expensive. Cy Musiker of member station KQED reports.
Boeing Moves Forward After Government Fine
Boeing is paying a $615 million fine for defense contract wrongdoings. At the same time, the company continues to pursue new deals for defense contracts. One watchdog group says the agreement points to anti-trust problems in the defense industry.
Weak Position Undermines Iran Nuclear Threat
Barry Posen, a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks with Renee Montagne about fears that Iran would be a reckless nuclear power. He argues that Iran is weak politically and militarily, making it containable.
Former Senator Backs Hayden to Head CIA
Former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham of Florida -- who once headed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence -- says his former colleagues should approve the president's nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden to head the CIA. The committee is expected to take up the Hayden nomination later this week. This is the first of two opposing commentaries on the Hayden nomination.
Iraq Business Environment Difficult to Navigate
Doing business in Iraq under current conditions is no easy task. One of Iraq's most prominent businessmen describes some of the obstacles he encounters daily as he attempts to import a generator from Jordan.
Iraq Hospital Contract Canceled
Host Renee Montagne reports on the decision of the Army Corps of Engineers to cancel a contract with an American company that was supposed to refurbish 20 hospitals in Iraq. The company failed to complete the work on time. Iraqi firms will be used to finish the project.
Bush Immigration Initiatives Earn Mixed Review
President Bush used his national address last night to lay out his agenda on border and immigration issues. Renee Montagne speaks with Jennifer Ludden about the likely effectiveness of the president's border security proposal, and how his initiative is being received in Washington.