Advocates receive cross-training at state's first Victim Assistance Academy
More than 40 violent crime victim advocates are learning more about how they can help people who have faced assaults at the first Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy. Advocates are learning to network between agencies to provide victims with the support they need, while police officers, lawyers and judges show them how the state's judicial system works. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Karin Ehlert, director of the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy at St. Cloud State University.7:50 a.m.
Portrait is a tribute to Rosalie Wahl A group of lawyers is working on a tribute to retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl. Minnesota's first woman on the Supreme Court has had a lifetime of firsts.7:54 a.m.
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BP Pipeline Maintenance Program Draws Scrutiny
Questions are being raised about BP's maintenance practices after a corroded pipeline forced the company to halt oil production at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. BP says it was surprised by the extent of the pipeline problem. Critics say the company is not as vigilant as it should be.
Alaska Oil Shutdown Constrains Already Tight Supply
The shutdown of a BP oil pipeline in Alaska sends oil prices rising, and may have a direct impact on California. Alaska supplies close to 20 percent of the oil produced by California's refineries. Renee Montagne talks to Frank Wolak, a professor of economics at Stanford University, about the shutdown's likely effects.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed legislation creating the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It's capable of holding up to one billion barrels of oil as an insurance policy against future supply disruptions. The reserve was created after the 1973 oil embargo, when Arab countries stopped oil exports to protest U.S. support for Israel.
Newark Mayor: New Black Leaders Must Innovate
Cory Booker is the new mayor of one of the nation's largest majority black cities. Booker says he hopes to be among the new generation of African-American leaders known for being dynamic innovators.
Oakland Police Spy on Anti-War Group
The Oakland, Calif., Police Department admits it infiltrated a group of anti-war protestors, and managed to put two of its undercover officers inside the peace group. The American Civil Liberties Union is condemning the Oakland police and other law enforcement agencies for spying on demonstrators.
The Green Heart of Sumatra
The Leuser Ecosystem, one of the world's richest yet least-known forest systems, is increasingly threatened by logging and encroachment by a burgeoning population. We fly into the heart of the forest to profile the conservationists trying to keep it pristine for future generations.
California Group Targets Cigarettes for Higher Tax
The Healthy California Coalition is behind a ballot initiative that, if passed in November, would make a pack of cigarettes in California the most expensive in the country. The nearly $2 billion generated annually by the increased tax would triple current state funding for cancer research and tobacco-use prevention programs.
Health Care Moves to Walk-In Clinics
The trend of walk-in health clinics began years ago in neighborhood pharmacies, department stores and malls. Some health care analysts see store-based clinics as a natural evolution in health care delivery. The clinics are also money-making opportunities for investors. From member station KQED in San Francisco, Sarah Varney reports.
Diplomacy Inches Forward in Lebanon Conflict
Fighting in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah continues unabated, with Israel destroying two major buildings in Beirut on Monday night. An offer by the Lebanese government to send 15,000 of its own troops into the country's south was termed "interesting" by Israel's prime minister.