U of M to take over Iron Range cancer study from beleaguered Health Department The University of Minnesota will take over management of cancer studies among taconite workers. The research was being planned by the Minnesota Department of Health. It's under fire for keeping quiet about deaths among retired miners from a rare form of cancer. The switch was announced during a legislative hearing Thursday night on the Iron Range.7:20 a.m.
Apprenticeships prepare Red Lake members for jobs A Native American business owner in northern Minnesota has created an apprenticeship program to help members of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe. The goal is to get more young Native Americans interested in manufacturing careers. The program will produce its first graduate in July.7:25 a.m.
Travel expert offers advice for Northwest Airlines passengers The Twin Cities International Airport is likely to be busy as people leave town ahead of next week's Fourth of July holiday. Travelers booked on Northwest Airlines are hoping that their flights won't be cancelled; on several days this week, Northwest cancelled over 10 percent of its scheduled flights. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with travel expert Terry Trippler.7:52 a.m.
Phosphorus strategy relies on good will The phosphorus in Minnesota's farm fields is feeding more than the crops. It's also feeding Minnesota's algae blooms. The MPCA is struggling to control the problem.7:55 a.m.
High Court's New Race Ruling Echoes in Schools
In a decision with profound implications for the nation's public schools, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated two voluntary desegregation plans because they used race in some students' school assignments in an effort to end racial isolation or prevent re-segregation.
President Bush to Host Putin, Try to Cool Rhetoric
President Bush faces tough negotiations Sunday, when he's due to meet Vladimir Putin at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Among the topics of discussion will be the impasse on locations for a U.S. missile defense system.
Experts Leery About U.S.-Russian Relationship
U.S. observers of Russian politics and culture consider the upcoming weekend meeting between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin. They say the two aren't really allies, and that the Kremlin portrays America as an enemy.
Failed Immigration Bill Puts Onus on States, Cities
Supporters of the Senate immigration bill that fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to pass a procedural vote vow to try again, but both sides say it could be several years before a similar overhaul is attempted. That means states and localities will continue with their own efforts to grapple with illegal immigration.
U.S. Halts Some Chinese Fish and Seafood
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has put a hold on five different types of farmed fish and seafood. Many of these imports contain traces of potentially harmful drugs used to prevent disease in the fish. The drugs are used to treat fungus infections and a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones.
Chinese Consumers Fear Tainted Food, Also
Chinese shoppers at an international supermarket admit they're worried about food safety. Problems dog every stage of the food production process such as unsafe substances added to food, delivery trucks that aren't refrigerated and goods stored and sold in an unhygienic environment.
'Ratatouille:' Nervy, Funny and Thoroughly Tasty
Kenneth Turan says director Brad Bird did something audacious — made a major motion picture with a rat for a star. The comedy they've created is imaginative, good-spirited, funny — and brave enough to let the rats be ratlike, even as they charm the audience.
Supreme Court Ends Ban on Price Minimums
The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling allowing manufacturers to set and enforce minimum prices for their products overturns a nearly century old ban on resale price agreements in American retailing. The court's minority worried that this will allow manufacturers to raise prices across the board.
Tech Firms Fear Loss of Skilled Workers
Companies that produce everything from salad to silicon chips say they're disappointed by the Senate's failure to overhaul the nation's immigration system. Business interests had been among the biggest backers of the immigration bill. The measure would have increased the number of temporary visas available to high-tech workers, and made it easier for skilled employees to get green cards.
Homeowners Turn Equity Loans Into ATMs
Finding a solution to the ongoing crisis in the mortgage industry could be complicated by Americans' changing attitudes to home ownership. More people own homes now than ever before, but most own less of them than ever — the result of taking equity out of the home in the form of loans.