Wave of Minnesota National Guard troops coming home A total of 2,600 troops from the Minnesota National Guard's First Brigade Combat Team are coming home after 16 months in Iraq, the longest combat deployment by a Minnesota unit since World War II. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR's Mark Zdechlik, who has been covering the story.7:20 a.m.
Experts predict more tick-borne illnesses This could be another near-record summer for diseases carried by tiny deer ticks. Reported cases of Lyme disease in Minnesota have increased tenfold since the early 90s. Experts say the trend will likely continue.7:25 a.m.
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President Bush Plans Mideast Peace Summit
President Bush plans to call Israel, the Palestinians and others in the Middle East to a peace conference aimed at restarting stalled talks and moving faster toward a Palestinian state. The conference is open to those supportive of a two-state solution to the long Israeli-Palestinian standoff.
Groups Call for Release of Marwan Barghouti
Marwan Barghouti's name evokes strong reactions on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since the Islamist group Hamas forcibly took control of the Gaza Strip in June, there are new calls in Israel and the Palestinian territories to release the 48-year-old jailed Fatah leader.
Importing Sand, Glass May Help Restore Beaches
Coastal engineers in Florida rebuild the beaches after hurricanes but their job is getting harder. Options to restore sand range from sand bypassing, which involves scooping up sand and carrying it past obstacles like ports, to grinding glass from bottles to the same size as a grain of sand.
Children's Health Insurance Faces Touchy Debate
The Senate is set to move on a bill to renew the program that provides health insurance to more than 6 million children. Children in working-class families earning too much to qualify for Medicaid are covered. But lately the program has gotten caught up in the broader politics of health reform.
Taxing Private Equity: The Battle on Capitol Hill
Private-equity and hedge fund managers, who can make millions of dollars, pay taxes on most of their earnings at the low capital-gains tax rate. But some in Congress want to make them pay a higher rate, like most corporations pay. And that has the industry gearing up for a major fight with Congress.
New Hampshire Couple in Showdown Over Taxes
New Hampshire couple Ed and Elaine Brown has holed up in their hilltop home since April in defiance of a federal court that sentenced them to a five-year prison term for income tax evasion. The Browns say the IRS lacks the authority to require such a levy and say they won't be taken alive.
Dow Jones Agrees to Murdoch Takeover The Wall Street Journal is reporting that its parent company has agreed to be purchased by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. This evening, the board of directors of Dow Jones & Co. will vote on whether to accept the $5 billion offer Murdoch made three months ago.
France, Germany Try to Smooth Airbus Problems
German Chancellor Angela Merkl and French President Nicholas Sarkozy met to discuss a big problem besetting Franco-German relations: the future of Airbus and its parent company. Both sides agree on a massive restructuring, and want to avoid factory closings and staff cuts.
Congress to Grapple With Chinese Food Safety
Problems with Chinese products from seafood to pet food have heightened concerns about world food safety. A House committee holds a hearing on the topic while the Senate prepares to hear testimony on the safety of Chinese imports. Pat Verduin, chief science officer with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, talks about the safety of food imported from China with Linda Wertheimer.
Starbucks Closes Coffeehouse in Forbidden City
Starbucks closes a coffeehouse in China's former imperial palace, ending a presence that sparked protests by Chinese critics who say it damaged a key historical site. The controversy over Starbucks at Beijing's 587-year-old Forbidden City highlights Chinese sensitivity about cultural symbols and unease over an influx of foreign pop culture.