Defense investigator talks about his career in a new book Last week marked the 34th anniversary of one of Minnesota's most notorious murder cases. It was June 27, 1977 when heiress Elizabeth Congdon was found dead in her bedroom at the elegant Glensheen mansion in Duluth. One of the private investigators who looked into that case was Vincent Carraher. Carraher has spent 40 years as a criminal defense investigator and has worked on some well known cases throughout Minnesota. He's written a new book about his career, and he spoke to MPR's Cathy Wurzer.6:25 a.m.
If it lasts, shutdown could make history State government has been shut down now for a full week, and a budget agreement between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders is nowhere in sight.6:40 a.m.
Food inspectors will be shorthanded at fairs With fewer than 20 percent of its inspectors on duty because of the shutdown, the Minnesota Department of Health say it won't have enough staff to thoroughly inspect the food served at festivals in the state.6:45 a.m.
Shutdown hits laid off state worker and family hard The Minnesota state government shutdown is now in its second week. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders in the Legislature appear further from a budget deal than they were when the shutdown began. Over the course of the shutdown, we'll check in from time to time with some of the 22,000 state workers who are currently laid off.7:45 a.m.
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Debt-Ceiling Talks Press On
In less than four weeks, the U.S. government could go into default on some of its debts. President Obama has been spending a lot of time talking to lawmakers. On Thursday, he gathered Congress's top brass in a White House conference room to lay the groundwork for what he hopes will be a final deal, which would get the federal budget under control, and raise the debt limit before that default-deadline.
A More Complex Picture Of Gadhafi's African Fighters
Exactly who is fighting for Moammar Gadhafi has been a question since the rebellion in Libya began. Rebels say they're facing off against well-trained and well-paid guns for hire, flown in from other African countries. But interviews with captured soldiers in Zintan paint a more complicated picture.
Weather Could Delay Launch Of Atlantis
Bad weather remains a concern as the space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off Friday morning. The 12-day mission will end NASA's 30-year shuttle program. Columbia opened the shuttle era in 1981.
Thousands Of Reporters Converge On Space Center
As hordes of reporters wait for the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis, it's unclear if they'll see a blast off or a lot of rain. About 1 million people are expected to watch the historic launch in Florida — and many more will tune in through TV, radio or the web.
Gun Control Advocates Chide Obama For Inaction
Six months after the shooting rampage that killed six and injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, gun control advocates are frustrated that there hasn't been a single congressional hearing or policy change by the White House.
Murdoch Closes Scandal-Ridden 'News Of The World'
News Corp. announced Thursday that the final edition of Britain's best-selling tabloid will be Sunday. The Rupert Murdoch-owned paper is accused of hacking into the cellphones of victims ranging from a missing schoolgirl to grieving families, royals and politicians in a quest for headlines. Dozens of companies have pulled their ads, and a former editor — and ex-aide to the prime minister — was arrested Friday.
Syria's Best-Known Dissident Reflects On Uprising
Michel Kilo has spent decades criticizing what he calls a military dictatorship run by one family. He even spent time in jail. Now, a younger generation has sparked a civil rebellion in Syria. "What the youth have managed to do is really enormous," he says.
Obama To Extend Assistance To Jobless Homeowners
People who fall behind on their mortgage payments because of a job loss are about to get some additional breathing room. The Obama administration is pressuring mortgage servicers to increase the forbearance period to 12 months for homeowners who have lost jobs.
Silver Prices Pressure Native American Silversmiths
A rise in the global price of silver is hurting Native American artists like Floyd Lomakuyuaya of the Hopi Reservation. The spike is threatening not only their livelihoods, but also part of their cultural heritage.