Entenza withdraws from AG race; sets off DFL scramble
Matt Entenza, the DFL-endorsed candidate for attorney general dropped his candidacy Tuesday, setting off a flurry of last-minute filings for the September primary. Five DFL candidates are now in the running.7:20 a.m.
Winds could complicate controlling BWCA fire
Winds could be a problem today as fire officials watch the raging Cavity Lake fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The fire has blackened almost 30 square miles near Seagull Lake. Residents along the nearby Gunflint Trail may get as little as two hours warning if they need to evacuate.7:24 a.m.
State job growth nearly doubles national rate
Minnesota added lots of jobs last month, almost 15,000 in all kinds of industries. State officials say over the past few months, Minnesota has been enjoying the strongest job growth in more than two decades. The surge comes after years of pretty sluggish hiring in Minnesota, and it is not clear just yet if the state economy will continue to add jobs. Fill-in host Perry Finelli spoke with economist Steve Hine, Minnesota's top labor market analyst.7:50 a.m.
Israel Will Keep Fighting, General Says
Increased diplomatic efforts are unlikely to bring a quick end to the week-old war between Israel and Hezbollah militants. An Israeli general says the fighting could continue at least another week, if not longer.
Americans Escape Lebanon By Sea
The U.S. begins a major evacuation of its citizens from Lebanon. Up to a thousand will leave daily aboard a chartered vessel, under the protection of a U.S. warship.
Homeless Alcoholics in Seattle Find a Home
Bill Hobson is a homeless advocate in Seattle who runs a government program that one critic calls "bunks for drunks." It's a facility that offers a home for alcoholics in exchange for nothing. They can even continue drinking while living there. Renee Montagne speaks with Hobson about the logic behind the program.
Iraqi Death Toll in May, June: Nearly 6,000
Statistics compiled by the Iraqi government and the medical community say that 6,000 people were killed in May and June -- civilians who were victims of spiraling sectarian attacks. The statistics were released by the United Nations.
Political Stem-Cell Debate Delays Medical Progress
Commentator James Reston Jr. describes his frustration with federal limits on stem-cell research. His daughter has a transplanted kidney, and he fears she will need another transplant in a few years. Reston thinks stem-cell technology could help speed up research about growing new kidneys artificially.
Death Toll Rises in Lebanon
There have been more civilian casualties in southern Lebanon. Five members of a single household were among the latest victims. Israel was targeting a Hezbollah company's offices when the civilians were killed. The death toll in Lebanon has now passed 240.
Working Parents Look for Line Between Home and Job
Journalist, and working mother, Lisa Belkin talks about how to balance the responsibilities of job and family. Belkin is a columnist at The New York Times. She speaks with John Ydstie about when family should take precedence over work.
Best Buy Cuts Workers Loose from Clock, Desks
One company has abandoned the concept of a regular workday. Best Buy, the giant retailer of electronics, is encouraging much of its corporate staff to work whatever hours they want, and to do so wherever they please. The company says productivity is booming.
President Bush to Veto Stem-Cell Bill
The bill would overturn the president's 2001 limits on federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research. Bush is expected to nix it. Congress appears to lack the votes for an override, but the debate could have an impact on congressional elections in fall.