St. Louis Park residents protest SW light rail plans As plans for a third light rail line move forward in the Twin Cities, some people who live along the proposed route between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie are concerned about their quality of life. It isn't light rail that worries them, it's heavy freight trains that would be rerouted there.6:47 a.m.
Floods? Drought? 2012 a banner grain year in Minn. The seeds Minnesota corn and soybean farmers planted last spring paid off with good yields and great profits, as the state's two largest cash crops should generate about $13 billion in revenue.7:25 a.m.
Hunters asked to look for marijuana growers Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season starts on Saturday and hunters will spot a special request on the last page of their regulations pamphlet. The Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to keep an eye out for illegal drug operations.
David Spakowicz, Division of Criminal Investigation director of field operations for Wisconsin's eastern region, discussed the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:40 a.m.
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Deadly Violence Escalates In Gaza Strip
Early Thursday, Israel resumed its deadly attacks on Gaza. The Israeli action is in response to rocket strikes by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. On Wednesday, the top military commander of Hamas was killed in an air strike by Israeli forces. It is the heaviest fighting the Palestinian territory has experienced in years.
Xi Jinping Assumes China's Leadership Post
China's new leadership team has been announced. Xi Jinping was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China early Thursday morning. He succeeds Hu Jintao.
GOP Governors Assess Future Of Republican Party
The Republican Governor's Association is meeting this week in Las Vegas. Republicans lost seats in the House, Senate and the presidential race. But the GOP gained one more state, North Carolina, to put the number of Republican governors at 30. The governors say there's nothing wrong with the party that a few changes around the margins won't fix.
Republicans: How To Attract The Next Generation?
Sixty percent of the under 30 crowd went for President Obama in last week's presidential election. That number is nearly twice what Mitt Romney got from the same group. The total has many in the GOP worried.
Scandal Shines Light On Tampa Social Scene
Along with the news about the Gen. David Petreus scandal, we've been hearing about lavish social events given in the Tampa, Fla., area. A lot of military brass from MacDill Air Force Base, where U.S. Central Command is headquartered, go to these events. Linda Wertheimer talks to Ben Montgomery, a reporter with the Tampa Bay Times, about how the scandal is playing out around Tampa.
Hearings To Begin On Benghazi Consulate Attack
Both House and Senate committees hold closed-door hearings Thursday to question administration officials about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Some leading Republicans say only a dedicated Watergate-style committee can get to the bottom what happened.
Congress' Benghazi Probe Could Send Wrong Message
Ryan Crocker was formerly a U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, as well as Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He worries diplomats will be pressured to avoid risks, and retreat from doing their jobs. He spoke with Steve Inskeep before a large audience of diplomats and others at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.
Hostess Brands Threatens To Liquidate
Famous for processed treats like Twinkies, Hostess Brands says it will go into liquidation if striking bakers don't return to work Thursday. Analysts say the company's most iconic brands would likely be bought by other companies.
House Report Blames Corzine For MF Global's Demise
House Republicans investigating the collapse of MF Global placed responsibility for the firm's demise on former Democratic senator and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. He was MF Global's CEO. The firm still owes its customers an estimated $1.6 billion.
Mark Thompson Takes Over At New York Times Co.
This week marks the start of Mark Thompson's tenure as the new chief executive officer at the New York Times Co. It is facing financial head-winds, and is hoping Thompson can recapture some of the success he enjoyed in leading the BBC. But there's concern within the Times that its new leader has been tainted by scandals at his old employer.