WeatherTalk with Mark Seeley
Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about last month's heat, current drought conditions and upcoming chances for rain.6:54 a.m.
Minnesota's swing voters draw national pols About 230 Republican Party leaders from across the country will continue discussing their political strategy for the upcoming midterm elections at a Bloomington hotel today. The meeting caps off a week where national leaders from both major parties were in Minnesota. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spent the past two days touring the state touting the Democrats' agenda and raising money for congressional candidate Patty Wetterling.7:20 a.m.
U.S. Senate approves pension bill, could help Northwest Airlines
The airline is in the midst of a dispute with its flight attendants, who have threatened to go on strike later this month. Instead of a total walkout, the flight attendants plan to use a strategy called CHAOS, in which only carefully selected flights are targeted. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jerry Glass, who tracks labor trends in the airline industry. He is the president of F and H Solutions Group, a labor and HR consulting firm in Washington, D.C.7:53 a.m.
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Senate Democrats Kill Wage, Estate-Tax Bill
Senate Democrats have blocked legislation that would have raised the minimum wage. Though the federal minimum wage hasn't been raised in a decade, Democrats would not support the bill because it also would have permanently cut estate taxes.
Working for Less than the Minimum Wage
While Congress debates raising the minimum wage, many workers still do not earn the current minimum. Community organizers in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn are running a local campaign focused on grocery baggers who receive only tips from customers.
Fighting Fails to Sink Israeli Economy, So Far
Weeks of fighting have taken a heavy toll on certain sectors of the Israeli economy. But growth is still expected to be a healthy five percent this year, and the stock market is only down slightly. But if it drags on, economists say consumer confidence and foreign investment could both suffer.
'Talladega Nights' Might Make You Laugh Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is from the same pit crew that brought us Anchorman. Dutifully, Talladega Nights does for NASCAR what the earlier movie did for journalism.
EPA Bans Pesticide Blamed for Bird Deaths
The Environmental Protection Agency is banning the use of carbofuran, a pesticide that has killed millions of birds and other wildlife. Environmentalists are thrilled. But a company that manufactures the chemical under the name Furadan says the pesticide's threat is exaggerated.
10 Presidents, One Dictator: U.S.-Cuba Policy
Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in 1959, at the height of the Cold War and the peak of U.S. concern over communism. Follow Washington's policy toward Cuba through 10 U.S. presidencies.
Partners in Life, Partners in Home Buying
Among home buyers, one of the fastest growing groups is unmarried couples or friends who pool incomes together to buy a house. Joint investments by unmarried couples or groups can lead to messy disputes over property. And those disputes are usually governed by different laws than those for married couples.
Merck Fights Vioxx Cases One at a Time
Thousands of people have sued pharmaceutical giant Merck over Vioxx, its one-time blockbuster painkiller. The company is fighting the lawsuits one case at a time, instead of settling with large groups of plaintiffs. Observers are debating Merck's strategy.
Israel Struggles to Gain Upper Hand in Lebanon
Israeli warplanes destroy several bridges in the Christian heartland of northern Lebanon, shifting focus from bombing raids on eastern and southern Lebanon. Meanwhile, Hezbollah guerrillas continue to battle Israeli troops in several Lebanese villages along the southern frontier.
Israel Presses Forward After Deadly Day
Israeli ground troops continue to fight in more than a dozen villages across south Lebanon, a day after Hezbollah guerrillas killed 12 Israelis. Thursday was one of the deadliest days for Israel during the three-week-old war. Four Israeli soldiers died in ground fighting, and civilians died in a massive barrage of Hezbollah rockets.