Itasca State Park using new, four-legged weed control There's a new kind of invasive weed control at work in Itasca State Park. It doesn't use chemicals, but rather stands on four legs. Goats are eating spotted knapweed near the Headwaters of the Mississippi River as part of a three-year pilot project.6:52 a.m.
Flooding adds to pressure for a special session State Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatanna, says damage from floods in southeastern Minnesota is yet another reason to hold a special session of the legislature this year. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:55 a.m.
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Mexican President to Leave Americas' Summit
Mexican President Felipe Calderon is cutting short his meeting with North American leaders in Montebello, Quebec. He will return home to oversee emergency efforts regarding Hurricane Dean. The Category 5 storm hit Mexico's Caribbean coast.
NASA Culture Changed by Columbia
NASA makes changes to its culture since the Columbia Accident Investigation Board made recommendations, Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs at American University, says. But everything is not fixed. He's concerned that it ignored allegations about drunken astronauts.
Laws Limiting Car-Phone Use Tough to Enforce
Three out of four of us are using cell phones in our cars. Five states and the District of Columbia have banned the use of hand-held phones while driving. But is such a law even enforceable anymore? The answer may be found in New York, which was the first state to clamp down on driving and dialing.
Italian Village Demands Return of Ancient Chariot
The 2,600-year-old golden chariot is a star attraction at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, but residents of the mountain town where it was discovered more than a century ago say the masterpiece is rightfully theirs.
In India, Religious Conflict and Harmony
Although thousands have died in recent years in India in violence involving Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims, an amazing open-mindedness exists about other people's religions. And there is a willingness to draw on other faiths. Buddhists and Christians worship at Hindu shrines and vice versa.
Tribune Employees Ante Up $8 Billion for Company
Tribune Co. shareholders have approved an $8.2 billion buyout to take the media giant private. Chicago billionaire Sam Zell struck a deal to take the empire of 11 daily newspapers, 23 TV stations and the Chicago Cubs private under an employee stock ownership plan.
European Stocks Slide After Gains
Investors worldwide are trying to gauge whether the worst of the financial storm has passed. Asian stocks managed to hold firm after Monday's rally on Wall Street. In Europe, shares shed earlier gains in early afternoon trading.
High-End Fashion Names at a Low-End Price
Vera Wang, the high-end fashion designer, is launching a low-end line of clothing for the retailer Kohl's early next month. She's following in the footsteps of dozens of other luxury makers.
Wal-Mart Fashion Executive Resigns
Wal-Mart Stores ventured into high-end fashion last year, launching two upscale brands. But customers seemed confused by the tight-fitting jeans and fur-collared jackets. Last month, the Wal-Mart executive in charge of high-end fashion resigned.