Levees may worsen flooding problems A long chain of levees along the Mississippi and other rivers is contributing to the catastrophic flooding that has hit the region recently, some civil engineers say.7:20 a.m.
Hudson business owner to host John McCain A Hudson company will be the site for a campaign visit Friday by Republican presidential candidate John McCain. It's billed as a town hall meeting focusing on women in business. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with LouAnne Reger, president and CEO of J&L Steel Erectors.7:25 a.m.
Duluth man sets out on solo Pacific race This weekend, a Duluth man will set sail out into the Pacific Ocean. Eric Thomas is racing in the Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race, which covers more than 2000 miles between San Francisco Bay and the Hawaiian island of Kauai.7:50 a.m.
Largest automotive art exhibit in U.S. on display in Hopkins This evening, vintage race cars will be on display outside the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hopkins, Minnesota. The event is part of an art exhibit running inside the art center, an exhibit featuring automotive art. It's called "Velocity: the Art of Motion."8:25 a.m.
Pentagon Developments On Iran, Air Force Tankers
Iran's missile test comes during the same week that the U.S. made progress on a missile defense system in Europe. One of the system's goals would be to defend against Iran's missiles. Meantime, the Pentagon is expected to announce whether the Air Force will take new bids to build refueling tankers.
Iraqis Call For U.S. Troop Withdrawal Timetable
The Iraqi government now says it wants a U.S. troop withdrawal timetable as part of a status-of-forces agreement or any other deal outlining the U.S.-Iraqi military relationship. But this poses a problem for the Bush administration, which has resisted all calls for a timetable.
Car Ads Across Time Tout Reliability, Affordability
It hasn't been lost on automakers that Americans are looking for cars that are reliable and affordable. In fact, car companies have been marketing their vehicles that way for decades, starting as far back as when Henry Ford's Model T hit the scene.
A Run-In With An Australian Desert Lizard
"Wild Sounds" is an occasional series of short stories that take you to remote parts of the planet to hear the sounds of rare animals. Wildlife recordist David Stewart introduces the "goanna" lizard that is native to the Australian desert.
Italy's Berlusconi Urges Immunity For Top Officials
In Italy on Tuesday, opposition parties protested Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's efforts to pass legislation that would grant immunity from prosecution to the country's top four officials. That includes Berlusconi, who is being tried on corruption charges and is under investigation for bribery.
Obama Attacks McCain's Record On Immigration
With an eye on the fast-growing Hispanic vote, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama addressed the League of United Latin American Citizens on Tuesday. Both presumptive presidential nominees spoke about immigration.
Obama's Early Brush With Financial Markets
A little-known chapter in Sen. Barack Obama's life is the year he spent writing about financial markets for a New York City firm. The job gave him a crash course in market economics — knowledge that some say is still evident on the campaign trail.
Oil Market Investors Selling Off, Analysts Say
Oil prices Wednesday were up a bit from Tuesday but were still sharply down from their recent peak of about $145 dollars a barrel. Analysts say investors in the oil market are selling off in order to cash in after the recent run-up in prices, and because they think prices will fall further.
SEC Exposes Credit Rating Agencies' Shortcomings
The Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of credit rating agencies has uncovered numerous problems. It's the first time the SEC had the regulatory power to review the performance of the nation's largest credit rating firms, including Moody's and Standard and Poor's.