Storms brought tornadoes to LeSeur, Nicollet Counties
Tornadoes touched down in LeSeur and Nicollet Counties just after 6:00 p.m., Thursday. Numerous homes were flattened by them. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Sea Stachura visited some areas affected.6:50 a.m.
WeatherTalk with Mark Seeley
Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about Thurday's storms, tornadoes, and hail.6:53 a.m.
Northwest: Hearing at noon; strike by nightfall? The situation between Northwest Airlines and its flight attendants comes to a head Friday. At noon a federal judge takes up an appeal by the airline, which wants to block a threatened strike by the flight attendants. The judge faces a deadline of 9:01 p.m., when the flight attendants could begin walkouts.7:20 a.m.
Travelers brace for CHAOS Northwest Airlines' flight attendants could implement their CHAOS work slowdown strategy as early as Friday night. CHAOS makes it hard for travelers to plan; that's by design. That's making some travelers nervous, but others aren't worried.7:24 a.m.
Southern Minnesota hit by tornadoes and hail
Cities across the southern half of the state are assessing damage this morning from storms that brought seven reported tornadoes and up to grapefruit-size hail. One death has been reported in Kasota, MN. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Craig Edwards, Meteorologist-In-Charge with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.7:49 a.m.
Business, Politics Merge in Chinese Villages
As they get richer, China's entrepreneurs are becoming more politically active. In some parts of the country, 80 percent of elected village heads are local businessmen, blurring the lines between business and politics.
Judge Vows to Free Inmates Held Since Katrina Hit
A New Orleans judge pledges to begin releasing jail inmates whose cases have been delayed since Hurricane Katrina by a shortage of public defenders. Prosecutors warn that releasing the accused without trial could put the community in danger.
Corps of Engineers Alters Levee Strategy
As the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced new measures to prevent another levee failure. The Corps says it will start assessing projects based on risk instead of cost.
'Times' Researcher Faces Prison Time in China New York Times researcher Zhao Yan has been sentenced to three years in prison by a Chinese court that convicted him of fraud. He was found not guilty of revealing state secrets, a charge related to a 2004 report that Chinese President Jiang Zemin would give up his post as head of the military.
Europeans Meet Again to Define Lebanon Force
European foreign ministers meet in Brussels in an attempt to clearly define Europe's role in a U.N. peacekeeping force for Lebanon. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's presence shows the importance the U.N. attaches to a strong European component for the force.
Sept. 11 TV Documentary to Challenge FCC Standards
CBS will push the limits of FCC indecency regulations when it airs a newly revised Sept. 11 documentary next month. Despite increasingly tight FCC guidelines, the program will contain raw language seldom heard on network television.
Jazz Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson Dies at 78
Maynard Ferguson, a jazz trumpeter who played with the greats, has died at 78. He played with Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton, among many others. The music he leaves behind includes a hit version of the movie theme from Rocky.
Financial Advice for Twenty-Somethings
Twenty-something's juggling loan payments, credit card debt and their first house may be on the wrong track. It may be a smarter move to keep your financial feet under you at 22 so that you can afford to buy a house at 32.
Organic Foods Crowd onto Mainstream Grocery Shelves
There was a time when organic food was a rarity, relegated to farmer's markets and niche groceries. But now you can find at least a small selection of organic products at most big grocery stores. Even Wal-Mart has started stocking its shelves with organic options.