Bag Lady: A Memoir of Illness and Recovery
Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with award-winning author, Sandra Benitez about dealing with ulcerative colitis and the surgical procedure that changed her life.6:50 a.m.
Home sellers opt to put houses on the block
Listings in the Twin Cities housing market have reached record highs and the number of homes for sale has stretched beyond the number of qualified buyers. This glut has sellers looking for new ways to get an edge in the housing market. Instead of turning to real estate agencies, they are putting their homes up for auction. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Carl Radde, Vice President of the Minnesota State Auctioneer's Association.7:24 a.m.
Phone companies want your television sets For the first time in a decade, Congress is taking up a massive telecommunications bill. One of its provisions would make it easier for telephone companies to offer subscription television service to cable customers.7:50 a.m.
Central Corridor proposals will affect businesses
Wednesday, the Metropolitan Council will vote on the future of the Central Corridor. After several public hearings and years of research, the Met Council will choose between Bus Rapid Transit and the light rail proposal recommended by the Central Corridor Coordinating Committee last week. If the Council approves Light Rail Transit, construction would tear up one of the area's busiest throughways, affecting businesses all along the proposed route. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Lori Fritts, President of the Midway Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses along University Avenue.7:54 a.m.
Sharply Divided High Court Rules on Death Penalty
Supreme Court justices sparred over the fairness of capital punishment Monday as they wrapped up their last death-penalty case of the term. It was a surprisingly spirited conclusion to a case from Kansas that had received little attention.
Court Rejects Vermont's Campaign-Finance Law
The Supreme Court rejected a Vermont law Monday that sets strict limits on money in political campaigns. The ruling came as a relief to many people in politics. It maintains the standards that have governed campaign finance for the past 30 years.
Rules Should Govern Torture, Dershowitz Says
Torture is never acceptable, but it's a reality that should be covered by rules, Alan Dershowitz says. The lawyer and Harvard Law School professor says the president should be held responsible for acts of torture and be required to sign torture warrants.
Gay-Marriage Ban Gets Hearing in Georgia Court
The Georgia State Supreme Court hears arguments in a case about Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, a judge struck down that ban on technical grounds. The ban was passed in an election two years ago by more than 70 percent of voters. Susanna Capelouto of Georgia Public Broadcasting reports.
Israel Threatens Attack in Response to Kidnapping
With troops poised to invade Gaza, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ruled out negotiating with the captors of an Israeli soldier. Olmert promised a "broad and ongoing" military offensive if Palestinian kidnappers do not release their prisoner. But an attack may threaten the life of the 19-year-old hostage.
'Disobedient Son' Leads Mexico's Conservatives
In Mexico, millions will go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president. In the second of our series on Mexico's presidential contenders, we profile conservative candidate Felipe Calderon. The latest numbers show he is slightly behind his left-leaning opponent.
Buffett Finds Business Success in Timeless Formula
Warren Buffett doesn't use e-mail. He shies away from technology stocks. He has made billions of dollars by buying companies he likes, and then leaving them alone to do their business. This minimalist approach has made Buffett the world's second richest man.
Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Treasury Nominee
The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Henry Paulson to become the next United States Treasury Secretary. Steve Inskeep talks with David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, about the hearing, and what it may reveal about Paulson's future agenda as Treasury Secretary.
Gates Aims for Major Philanthropic Impact
The Gates Foundation is the nation's largest charitable foundation. It focuses its work on public health issues in developing countries. It has long been clear that Bill Gates wanted to have the same kind of impact in philanthropy that he has had in software.
More Buffett Money Likely Headed to Pro-Choice Groups
Billionaire Warren Buffett will give part of his fortune to a foundation set up in his late wife's name, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. The foundation, which gives money to pro-choice organizations and projects, has had a small budget. People on both sides of the abortion debate are wondering what effect the new money will have.