Commentator not surprised MnPass users satisfied A new survey by the Minnesota Department of Transportation finds most drivers who use the MnPass system on highway 394 west of Minneapolis are satisfied with the experience. MnPass is an electronic device that lets solo drivers use the congestion-free car pool lanes if they pay a toll.
The survey result has Minnesota Public Radio News commentator Peter Smith asking, "No kidding?"8:45 a.m.
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Democrats Attack Health Insurance Industry
In search of a new edge to their health care efforts, President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have turned their guns on the insurance industry. They're counting on Americans' distrust of insurance companies to shore up wavering support for the President's health care agenda. The insurance industry says its impressive profits do not mean it is adding substantially to the cost of health care.
Kyl: Health Care Fix Should Be Right, Not Just Quick
The much talked about public option in the plans to overhaul health care, is a major sticking point for most Republicans. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona talks with Linda Wertheimer about how Republicans envision a workable health care plan.
Author's Critiques May Come Back To Haunt Him
David Kaiza is from Northern Uganda, a region that has had more than its share of warfare, so it's no surprise that Kaiza's first novel is about conflict. Ahead of anticipated literary success, Kaiza's reputation has been forged in conflict of another sort -- that of literary criticism.
Elite Chicago Public Schools Admissions Probed
A scandal is rocking Chicago's public school system. Federal investigators are among those looking into the city's elite public schools. The investigation suggests there is more to the admissions process than just the lottery that several thousand students enter each year. There are allegations parents use their clout to get their kids into certain schools.
Health Care Battle Moves To Home Districts
Congress begins its summer break this week without a deal on overhauling health care. The fight moves from Washington to local communities. Those for and against changes to health care have set up shop across the country. One of those places is Texas, which leads the nation in the number of people who don't have health care.
Kayaking To A Different View Of The Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is far more than a border between the United States and Mexico, and it's more than a barrier to illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. To one man who lives in the borderlands, the river is a kayaker's paradise.
Internet-Based Sales Hurt By PayPal Breakdowns
The world's largest online payment service, PayPal, shut down for at least an hour Monday, leaving customers around the world unable to finish their online transactions. The company says the glitch was an "internal network hardware" issue.
Can Free Web Applications Lead To Revenue?
Google's been offering free software applications that are similar to Microsoft Word and Excel. In turn, Microsoft has announced it too will offer free Web versions of its popular word processing, spread sheet and other programs. Is there a chance for the companies to eventually make money off these free Web applications?
Glasses Remind Computer User To Blink
A Japanese company has developed Wink Glasses. A sensor monitors how long it has been since a PC user last blinked. If the rate drops below normal, the lenses fog up, and the computer user is reminded to blink.
Treasury Issues Mortgage Loan Report Card
The Treasury Department releases its first monthly "report card" tracking how the various banks and mortgage companies are doing in their efforts to prevent foreclosures. The Obama administration is pressuring the mortgage industry to do more. The latest figures indicate foreclosure rates keep rising.