Mosquitoes could be numerous this year Minnesotans out enjoying the Fourth of July weather may be fighting off mosquitoes. Jim Stark, executive director of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, gives an update on the mosquito season so far -- and looks ahead to later in the summer.7:25 a.m.
Plaintiffs pleased with Wal-Mart ruling A Dakota County judge has ruled that Wal-Mart cut short employees' rest and meal breaks and forced them to work off the clock, violating the state's labor laws two million times. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Jon Parritz, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the case.7:50 a.m.
Afghanistan Strives To Register All Newborns
A new UNICEF-funded program aims to issue birth certificates to all newborn babies in Afghanistan by the end of 2009. If successful, this would be the first time ever that all babies in the country have been accounted for at birth. The registration push should help the country improve health services and education.
Do You Know Where Your Mushrooms Come From?
U.S. law doesn't require a country of origin label for produce. Although the law will change this fall, a recent trip to a produce wholesale market illustrated the confusion over where produce is grown.
Sheiks' Meetings: Tradition Poses Risks In Iraq
As part of the effort to restore security in Iraq, the American military has helped to revive an ancient tradition — the sheiks' council meeting. But those meetings have also become flashpoints for power struggles among the leaders. At least seven Americans have been killed recently in attacks at council meetings.
U.S. Reaches Out To Poor Immigrants In France
A gritty, poor suburb of Paris has become a recruitment ground for a U.S. State Department program for international visitors. The program is trying to court second- and third-generation immigrants across Europe in what began as an effort to counter anti-American sentiment abroad.
Rival Actors Sparked Fatal 'Shakespeare Riots'
Shakespeare's works inspire strong emotions both on stage and off. Author Nigel Cliff talks about his book The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama and Death in 19th-Century America, which tells the story of an argument between two actors that led to a deadly riot.
Young Moroccans Bypass Mainstream Media
When protesters in southern Morocco clashed with security forces, there was very little coverage from state-run television stations. But amateur video posted on YouTube showed what the official media would not. Young Moroccans say the Web is leaving traditional media behind.
NYSE's Ex-Chief Wins $187.5M Pay Package
A court ruled Tuesday that Richard Grasso is entitled to the $187.5 million compensation package from his job leading the New York Stock Exchange. He's been fighting to keep the money for the past several years. When details of his pay package were revealed in 2003, he became a symbol of corporate greed and was forced to retire.
Starbucks Store Closures To Affect 12,000 Workers
Starbucks will close more than 600 shops in the U.S. in the coming months, which analysts say is a consequence of the chain spreading too far, too fast. About 12,000 workers, or 7 percent of its global work force, will be affected by the closings.