Bachmann gathers Tea Party Caucus for first time Today in Washington, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann holds the first meeting of her new Tea Party Caucus.
Bachmann says she hopes to use the caucus to educate members of Congress about the tea party movement.7:20 a.m.
Bush Foundation president: Health care redesign needed Two of the three leading DFL candidates for governor say they'll look to a 2009 report from a group Minnesota foundations for ideas to reduce state spending. The report proposes changing the way the state pays for health care and taxing employer-provided health insurance.7:40 a.m.
Warm, wet weather good for crops, but also for bugs The warm and wet summer is making things grow. That's good in some cases, and not so good in others. Farmers are happy with their crops but homeowners may have noticed more insects than usual. Reporter Mark Steil answers questions about bugs, crops and other news he's been following in southwestern Minnesota.8:25 a.m.
Rochester transplants find common culture in cricket The Rochester Cricket Association, which is holding its first-ever tournament this month. Mayo Clinic and IBM have been recruiting workers from all over the world, including many cricket-playing nations.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Florida's Crist Dealt Blow Over Offshore Drilling Ban
Lawmakers refused to vote on the governor's proposal to put a constitutional amendment banning drilling on the November ballot. The House speaker said the move by the former Republican -- and former drilling supporter -- was more about politics than helping Floridians.
Former Interior Secretaries Grilled On Capitol Hill
Bush-era Interior Secretaries Gale Norton and Dirk Kempthorne appeared before Congress on Tuesday, defending the Bush administration against Democrats' charges that its policies led to the Deepwater Horizon blowout three months ago.
Western Swing Gets Texas Town Scootin' Again
Fiddlers, guitar players and singers gathered in tiny Goree, Texas, for a music camp. The camp is about equally divided between children and adults, even though the style of music was popular more than half a century ago.
Many Small Golf Courses Can No Longer Swing It
Smaller, older golf courses are in trouble across the U.S. Nationally, 600 golf courses have closed in the past five years. Around Augusta, Ga., the home of the fabled Masters tournament, golf course owners are trying various techniques to weather a golfing slump.
2 Guantanamo Detainees End Captivity
The Defense Department said this week that two detainees were removed from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. One was Syrian; the other Algerian. Carol Rosenberg, a reporter for the Miami Herald, offers her insight.
Blacks Face Bone Marrow Donor Shortage
African-Americans are less likely to receive life-saving treatments using bone marrow than whites. Low numbers of donors and rare genes make finding a bone marrow match less likely for black people than for white people.
Lenovo Unveils Plan For Android-Powered Tablet PC
Computer makers are rushing out new tablet PCs to compete with Apple's iPad. A spokeswoman for Lenovo, the world's No. 4 PC seller, said Wednesday it's coming out with a "LePad," which will use Google's Android operating system. The device will debut in China later this year, according to the online technology publication C-NET.
Apple Earnings Beat Expectations
Despite all the bad press about reception problems with the iPhone 4, Apple's third-quarter results beat Wall Street expectations. The key was unexpectedly strong computer sales.
Retailers Welcome Break From Debit Card Fees
When President Obama signs the financial regulation overhaul bill Wednesday, he'll usher in sweeping changes for everything from Wall Street investment firms to Main Street banks. The bill also gives a break to retailers who say they have suffered years of high fees on debit card transactions.
Facebook Ripped In Consumer Satisfaction Survey
Facebook, which looks set to boast its 500-millionth member, emerged as a surprise loser in a new report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index that ranks the top 30 social media sites. Users complained about privacy concerns, interface changes, navigation problems and advertising.