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Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase
Workers and advocacy groups praise the hard-fought change, from $7.25 to $8, but opponents warn it will wreak havoc on business balance sheets.
Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises
Politico Magazine editor Susan Glasser and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum talk with Linda Wertheimer about how the president's foreign policy moves are playing out at home and abroad.
Syracuse Researchers Melt Rock, Grill A Steak Over Magma
Researchers at the university built a furnace that can melt rock, then had a cookout. Chefs placed a ribeye on a grill over the 2,100-degree magma. Seconds later, a very charred, medium rare steak.
Using Water As A Weapon In The Fight To Control Iraq
Kurdish troops are guarding a large dam on the Tigris River to keep it from being taken over by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The extremist group is bent on controlling Iraq's water resources.
Expedited Hearings For Migrant Children Raise Concerns
The Department of Justice is speeding up court hearings for immigrant kids who have come to the U.S. in record numbers. Lawyers and immigration judges say the move undermines due process and will lead to further delays in already clogged courts. The ACLU earlier filed a suit over lack of representation.
As Senate Leaves For Recess, House Keeps Working On A Border Bill
The House work week got a little longer when Republican leaders were unable to pass a bill to deal with the border crisis. A new caucus meeting is planned for this morning to sort out a plan forward.
For One Recent College Grad In D.C., Job Interviews Are Dead Ends
All summer we're focusing on out-of-work youth and how they're getting by. 21-year-old Sarai Johnson graduated from Howard University in May. She says she's learned to swallow her pride when it comes to doing certain jobs.
Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules
As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country, where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.
Female Bricklayer Defied Doubters To Build Baltimore Landmarks
Barbara Moore was the only woman bricklayer in Baltimore when she started the job in 1973. "A lot of the older guys didn't think I should be there," she tells her daughter on a visit to StoryCorps.
'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!
Morning Edition's David Greene talks to director James Gunn about his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which Marvel hopes to make its next big franchise. Characters include a raccoon and a tree.