New markets for small meatpackers A proposal in the U.S. Farm Bill eases restrictions on small, state-inspected meatpackers. The change would mean new markets for small processors, but some consumer groups say it's a bad idea.6:50 a.m.
The town of Elba mucks out The Red Cross estimates that last weekend's flash flood in southeast Minnesota damaged more than 4,000 homes. Of that number, 700 suffered major damage or are total losses. That means a lot more cleanup ahead. In the town of Elba, two-thirds of the homes were damaged.7:50 a.m.
Rebuilding after floods takes money and resolve Residents in southeastern Minnesota are cleaning up from weekend floods that killed seven people and damaged an estimated 4,000 homes. Dave Smiglewski, the mayor of Granite Falls, knows what it's like to rebuild a damaged town.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Ratings Firms Scrutinized for Role in Credit Mess
As foreclosures continue to rise, regulators and others are questioning the role of credit agencies, which gave top ratings to risky mortgage-backed securities. Critics say the system, in which firms are paid by the companies they rate, is inherently flawed.
Subprime Mortgage Woes Shake European Markets
The U.S. subprime mortgage crisis is reverberating worldwide. Traders are trying to decide whether recent cash injections by central banks are enough to ease worries about the economy. Without confidence that lending will be available months from now, volatility could return.
Veterans Discuss Iraq, Politics at Convention
Veterans attending the national convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars express opinions about the Iraq war and politics. President Bush is due to address the meeting in Kansas City.
Spain Runs Europe's First Commercial Solar Plant
Spain is making use of its 300 sunny days per year by powering thousands of homes with Europe's first commercial solar-thermal tower plant and running it doesn't generate any greenhouse gases.
Xerox Creates Cheap, Eco-Friendly Printer Paper
Xerox, one of the world's largest purveyors of copy machines and printing supplies, has made a new environmentally friendly copy paper. Xerox says the paper requires half as many trees to make and less than other green papers before it. But it's not clear whether consumers will go for it.
Google to Embed Ticker-Type Ads in Video
Google says it's ready to introduce video ads that will be like news tickers, appearing 15 seconds after a user begins watching a video clip and run like an overlay on the bottom of the screen. Industry watchers say this overlay video format could become the new standard for online ads.
Tribune Shareholders Consent to $8B Buyout
Tribune Co. shareholders say yes to an $8.2 billion buyout of the media company, an expected but noteworthy milestone. The transaction still awaits federal approval and billions of promised financing. But the deal faces problems including the fallout from the worsening global credit crunch.
Virtual Recruiting for Real-World Jobs
There's an unusual job fair taking place this week, but you can't get there by plane or car, or drop off your resume in person. You have to travel in cyberspace — to the popular virtual world called Second Life.
Mistakes, Gimmicks Inevitable in Online Interviews
Hewlett Packard tells The Wall Street Journal that there have been some blunders in its online recruiting. A male interviewee attended an online job fair as a brunette female avatar named Dragon Ritt. Then he handed the recruiter a beer instead of his resume.