Family of man shot by Mpls police wins $1.8M award A federal court jury on Monday awarded slightly more than $1.8 million to the family of a man who was shot and killed by two Minneapolis police officers in 2006, finding the two officers used excessive force when they shot the man.6:20 a.m.
After the flood: Will Zumbro Falls survive? One week after Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed an $80 million disaster relief bill to help repair damages from the September floods, residents of Zumbro Falls may soon learn if their town will survive.6:40 a.m.
The joy of raking leaves The autumn colors have peaked. The winds have come through. The leaves are down, for the most part. Like tens of thousands of others across the state, essayist Peter Smith finds himself facing an important question: will he rake his yard for himself like a real Minnesotan or will he pay someone to take care of his leaves for him?6:55 a.m.
Candidates release fundraising information The final campaign fundraising reports before next Tuesday's general election are out. These reports tell us what the candidates for governor of Minnesota have raised and spent on their campaigns. Political reporter Tom Scheck talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the reports.8:45 a.m.
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Democrats Struggle To Make Case On Economy
President Obama and other Democrats say the huge economic problems they inherited would have been worse without the programs they put in place. But with unemployment at 9.6 percent and foreclosures continuing to mount, that argument hasn't gotten much traction.
Efforts To Prevent Voter Fraud Draw Scrutiny
There are always concerns about voter fraud on Election Day, but this year many new groups are popping up to keep an eye on the polls. That, in turn, has some people worried that legitimate voters will be intimidated and discouraged from voting.
Trudeau Reflects On Four Decades Of 'Doonesbury'
Forty years ago, freshman Mike Doonesbury met his roommate at Walden College, and since then, the funny pages haven't been the same. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau reflects on the beloved, irreverent strip, which he first sketched as a Yale undergrad in 1970.
'Tamil Pulp': Sexy, Gory Fiction, Now In English
Tamil is a language known for its poetry, but commentator Sandip Roy knows it has another side. Dime-store pulp fiction has a large Tamil-speaking following — and a newly translated anthology is coming to America.
Union Strikes Take A Toll On Ordinary French
For two weeks, France has been plunged into chaos as labor unions face off with the government over a pension overhaul. Unions have fought back with sporadic strikes and demonstrations that are taking a toll on the economy. Strikers have blocked fuel depots and gas is in short supply.
Food Fears Persist In China 2 Years After Milk Scare
Two years ago, China was rocked by food safety concerns when the milk powder parents were feeding their infants was found to be laced with melamine, an industrial chemical. Scores of babies were sickened, and six died. Now, as worries about the food industry persist, many Chinese are more careful about the foods they're buying.
Berkshire Hathaway Hires Investment Manager
Warren Buffett's investment firm has hired a 39-year-old hedge fund manager to oversee a portion of its $100 billion portfolio. Todd Combs had been running a small hedge fund in Connecticut. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Buffett, who turned 80 in August, said he doesn't plan to retire yet.
Ford Plans To Hire 1,200 Workers In Michigan
Ford Motor Company will make a large investment -- $850 million -- in plants in its home state of Michigan. The company says the expansion will create 1,200 new jobs making fuel-saving technologies.
Countries Compete To Keep Currencies Low
G-20 nations agreed this past weekend to refrain from competitive devaluation of their currencies. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wanted the agreement to be more specific but other countries resisted.
Fla. Restaurants Vie For Big Apple's Taste In Water
New York City's water has been called the champagne of drinking waters. The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company in Palm Beach, Fla., developed a secret water filtration process to give its bagels that Big Apple quality. It's suing a Fla. pizzeria -- accusing it of stealing the secret to the water.