MNsure Latino outreach events get a late start Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure has been open for four weeks. But efforts to inform hard-to-reach populations about how they can sign up for heath care coverage are only now getting underway.7:20 a.m.
Jack El-Hai's 'Non-Stop: Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines' On July 5, 1927 the first Northwest Airlines flight to carry ticketed passengers took off from Minneapolis headed for Chicago. But over Hastings the engine suddenly "went deader than a smelt," recalled one of the passengers, and the plane was forced to land in an open field. Author Jack El-Hai talks about this story and many others from his new book with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.8:40 a.m.
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Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy
After Sandy hit the region around New York City last year, many residents had difficulty finding gas for their cars and generators. It's now clear there were problems all along the fuel supply chain. Policymakers have been examining what happened and how to prevent it in the future.
How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
Some parents say their children are addicted to video games, but it's no accident that kids can get lost in them. Game developers are studying gamers' actions as they play in order to make the games more compelling — and lucrative.
Judge Rules Against Part Of Texas Abortion Law
A federal judge in Texas struck down a key provision of the state's new abortion law one day before it was to go into effect. The judge ruled the part of the law that required doctors to get admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is unconstitutional.
Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too
In many places, the reverse commute from city homes to suburban jobs is as congested as or worse than traffic going into the city. "It's just exhausting," says one reverse commuter, whose 35-mile drive to Chicago's southwest suburbs can take up to two hours depending on traffic. In cities where reverse commutes are common, transit agencies are trying to help.
New Fries Help Burger King To A Whopper Of An Earnings Boost
The fast-food chain Burger King reports a huge jump in earnings: nearly $70 million in the last quarter. A year ago, third-quarter profits were just over $6 million. Customers flocked to locations in the U.S. and Canada to taste the "Satisfry," a supposedly healthier french fry.
Federal Reserve Set To Meet For First Time Since Shutdown
Federal Reserve policymakers are kicking off a two-day meeting Tuesday — the first since the government shutdown earlier this month. Fed officials are widely expected to keep interest rates where they are and to continue their big $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program.
Etsy's New Policy Means Some Items Are 'Handmade In Spirit'
Online marketplace Etsy is a hive for creative vendors selling handmade goods. But the site recently said it will allow sellers to outsource their manufacturing. Some vendors with growing businesses are delighted at this news; others feel Etsy is abandoning its small enterprises.
Dubai Plans Airport So Big It Will Be Its Own City
The boom city of Dubai is building the world's largest airport and recently celebrated its first commercial flight. When finished, Al Maktoum International will be able to move 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo a year. And the airport will be more than just a place for planes to land — it will be its own city.