Mercury concerns on the Range New industries proposed for the Iron Range are stirring an old concern. Mercury pollution has already forced fish consumption advisories in area lakes including Lake Superior. Now, stringent mercury emission laws are making it tough for new industries to meet the standards.6:50 a.m.
Warm weather ahead for Memorial Day weekend
Cathy Wurzer talked with University of Minnesota Climatologist about Minnesota weather and the upcoming forecast.6:55 a.m.
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Bush, Blair Cite Progress, Missteps in Iraq
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair say they will stay the course in Iraq, but expect Iraq's leaders to assume a larger security role. Prodded on regrets, the president cited "tough talk" in challenging insurgents. Blair said he had underestimated the bloodshed in Iraq.
Iraq Oil Minister Vows to Fight Corruption, Smuggling
Crumbling infrastructure, smuggling and sabotage limit Iraqi oil production, leading to gas and electricity shortages. New Iraq Oil Minister Hussain Shahristani targets corruption, and tells foreign investors that oil contracts in Iraq will be secure.
Hastert Calls for Return of La. Democrat's Files
Some House leaders, including Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert, demand that the FBI return the materials taken out of William Jefferson's office during a raid. But President Bush ordered records seized from the Louisiana Democrat to be sealed for 45 days.
Former 'Bama Governor Goes from Trial to Trail
Don Siegelman wants the Alabama governorship back. First, he has to get by a tough opponent, Lucy Baxley, in the June 6 Democratic primary. And there's one more thing: He faces trial on corruption charges.
Report Released on '70s Greensboro, N.C. Killings
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission completes a report on the killing of five people in Greensboro, N.C., on Nov. 3, 1979. The shooting deaths occurred when the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis showed up at an anti-Klan rally organized by members of the Communist Workers Party.
Senate Bill Calls for Tighter Security, Worker Program
The Senate passed its version of the immigration bill on Thursday. The bill calls for money for border security, the establishment of a guest worker program and creation of a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
Blunt on Reconciling Immigration Bill
With Senate passage of an immigration bill, the legislation now moves on to a conference committee where it must be reconciled with the House version. Renee Montagne talks with one of the lawmakers steering the House legislation, House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO).
Judge Junkets Come Under Scrutiny
Corporate documents indicate that educational seminars for federal judges have been funded by Exxon Mobil and Phillip Morris. Critics say this amounts to corporate lobbying of the federal judiciary. Chief Justice John Roberts has expressed concern about the issue, and a panel of federal judges is considering the possibility of new ethics rules.