Forty years later, one wetland is still roadless Wetland restoration and creation is now strict policy in Minnesota when state and local agencies wish to build roads. However, 40 years ago wetlands were often destroyed by construction, and it took a Minnesota Supreme Court case to change that.7:40 a.m.
Essayist laments creeping Charlie Summer has arrived with a vengeance. Everything's so green and lush. But essayist Peter Smith says there is one form of summer greenery that will have homeowners, amateur gardeners, and landscapers tearing their hair out from now until autumn frost kills it off.7:45 a.m.
Thriller author out with third murder mystery Summer's a great time to get lost in a book. For many people, that means settling in with a page turning murder mystery. Minnesota author Julie Kramer's new book "Silencing Sam" fits the bill.8:55 a.m.
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Nikki Haley Poised To Be GOP Pick For S.C. Governor
A conservative backed by the Tea Party movement, Haley is the heavy favorite to win a runoff for her party's nomination in South Carolina's gubernatorial race. But her campaign has been tested by allegations of marital infidelity and questions about her religious beliefs.
Democrats' Campaign Finance Bill Faces Hurdles
House Democrats this week will take another run at passing a campaign finance bill that would lay down extensive new requirements for disclosing campaign money from corporations, unions and wealthy individuals.
Toll Of Oil Drilling Felt In Peru's Amazon Basin
Thousands of miles from the Gulf of Mexico spill, the indigenous people of Peru have been living with oil exploration and its effects for decades. Villagers in the Amazon basin complain of health problems and forest clear-cutting. But the government says the energy resources are essential and that oil exploration and drilling must continue.
U.S. Officials Tour Former Taliban Stronghold
U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry paid a visit Monday to the Afghan district of Marjah -- the scene of a major U.S.-led offensive against the Taliban earlier this year. Reclaiming the area is likely to be a long-term project.
Iraqi Minister Resigns Over Electricity Shortages
Iraq's electricity minister resigned Monday after violent protests in the South over power cuts. Protesters had been demanding he step down. It's been seven years since the U.S.-led invasion, and there are still electricity shortages in Iraq.
Vacationers Rethink Greece Amid Debt Crisis
One of Greece's best hopes for dragging itself out of debt is the tourism industry, which employs about one-fifth of the Greek workforce. But media coverage of the Greek economic meltdown and the sometimes violent anti-austerity protests are threatening to keep tourists away.
Existing Home Sales Expected To Rise
Economists expect that a report out from the National Association of Realtors on Tuesday will show that sales of existing homes rose about 6 percent in May. That would be a nice jump -- though government tax credits are still helping sales. Home buyers who want that credit of up to $8,000 have to complete deals by the end of June.
Is The Homeownership System Broken?
Homeownership and mortgages were at the core of the recent financial crisis. Now that the housing market seems to be stabilizing, David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Steve Inskeep about the need to change the current system for homeownership -- specifically, what to change so that people don't become over-indebted.
Supreme Court Lifts Ban On Biotech Alfalfa
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down an injunction that stopped farmers from planting genetically modified alfalfa seed. Alfalfa is a major animal feed crop. Some farmers worry that patented genetically modified plants will cross pollinate with traditional plants, giving patent holder Monsanto grounds to sue farmers who never bought Monsanto seed, for patent infringement.
California Considers Electronic License Plates
The legislature in California is considering a bill that would allow that state to begin researching using electronic license plates for cars. When a car is moving, the digital tags would look like regular plates. When a car stops for more than four seconds, the plate would turn into a screen and could be used for advertising.