Climatologist talks fall color outlook MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about some frost earlier this week in northern Minnesota, and also the high potential for excellent fall colors in the state this year.6:50 a.m.
Religous leader talks about 9/11 and an upcoming ceremony marking 10 years This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Events commemorating the anniversary will be held around the country, including here in Minnesota. On Sunday at 2 p.m. on the state Capitol mall in St. Paul, there will be a ceremony organized by a broad coalition of religious organizations.7:25 a.m.
Gov. Dayton on 9/11 and the decade since On Sunday, it will be ten years to the day since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. All this week we've been looking at what's changed over the course of the difficult decade that followed. In 2001, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was a U.S. Senator. He was in Washington on the day of the attacks.7:40 a.m.
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Obama Proposes $450 Billion American Jobs Act
Before a joint session of Congress Thursday night, President Obama outlined what he called the American Jobs Act, and he repeatedly called on lawmakers to pass it "right away." Among other things, the proposal includes a cut in payroll taxes for both employers and employees.
Nevadans Watch Obama With Low Expectations
President Obama plans to take his job creation message to the American people in the coming weeks. Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country. A group of people, who are employed, watched Obama's speech, and most of them are not convinced his plan would create good long-term jobs.
For U.S. Ambassador, A Decade On The Hot Seat
On Sept. 11, 2001, Ryan Crocker had just gotten off a plane and was stuck in traffic as he watched the twin towers collapse in New York. Now, as the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, he acknowledges that the war has been long and expensive, but says it would be even more costly if the U.S. suffered another terror attack on the same scale.
Power Restored To Millions In California, Arizona
Southern California and parts of Arizona and Northern Mexico were without power after a transmission line went out Thursday. The cause of the blackout is being investigated. San Diego & Electric Co., says the outage will likely be traced to an employee removing a piece of monitoring equipment at a power substation in southwest Arizona. Reporter Amy Isackson in San Diego speaks to David Greene about the outage.
'The Banality Of Evil': Following The Steps To Sept. 11
Ten years ago Friday, both the leader of the Sept. 11 hijackers and the U.S. counterterrorism chief were at work. They had spent years working on opposing sides of the same war. Retracing the actions of the two men over the years before the attacks shows how luck and focus made all the difference.
Overhaul Expected To Speed Patent Process
Congress has approved the most significant changes to patent law in half a century. The Senate passed the overhaul Thursday, and it goes to the White House for President Obama's signature. In his jobs speech to Congress, Obama said the new law would speed up the patent process.
Google Buys Restaurant Review Service Zagat
Google's deal with Zagat is part of the Internet giant's strategy to offer better local services. And it has some wondering if the company will launch an online and mobile reservation service similar to Open Table.
Amazon Agrees To Collect State Tax In California
The online retail giant has enjoyed a huge competitive advantage by not collecting sales taxes — as brick and mortar stores do. Consumers pay that much less for the same goods. But now a deal has been reached that could hasten the day consumers nationwide pay tax on things they buy online.
2 Companies Settle Over Apps' 'Baseless' Claims
The Federal Trade Commission has reached settlements with two companies who have been selling mobile phone applications claiming to cure acne. The Apps — which were downloaded nearly 15,000 times — instructed consumers to hold their phone's display screen next to their skin for a few minutes a day, and colored lights would treat the blemishes. The FTC says the companies have agreed to stop making these "baseless" claims.
It's Up To Congress Whether To Back Obama's Plan
Appearing before a joint session of Congress, President Obama outlined his American Jobs Act. Some on Capitol Hill said it was a rehash of other ideas. House Majority Leader Cantor says he heard some proposals that probably can be accomplished.