February 25, 2011 - It's no secret the Republicans think President Obama is vulnerable in next year's election. They think he overreached on the healthcare overhaul, the economy is still sluggish and they're confident voters agree with them that the federal government spends too much. A lot of possible contenders are acting like candidates, including former Governor Tim Pawlenty and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. But so far, no high profile Republicans have announced they're running, and some analysts say the party is having an unusually difficult time getting behind a candidate. Mark Zdechlik reports.
October 16, 2008 - Tonight at 7p until 8:30p, NIS will carry live a debate among U.S. Senate candidates Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Dean Barkley. Mark Zdechlik will anchor the event from Duluth. The coverage will pre-empt The World and the first half hour of Fresh Air.
August 22, 2007 - President Bush is promising a "flood of help" for people in southeastern Minnesota. He's also pledging quick federal help to replace the 35-W bridge. Bush made the comments on a trip to Minnesota yesterday. He was in the Twin Cities to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Republican Senator Norm Coleman's re-election effort. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik reports.
August 21, 2007 - Governor Pawlenty met today with President George Bush. Pawlenty and other emergency officials briefed the President on the goverment's response to the flooding in SE Minnesota as well as the I-35 bridge collapse shortly after he arrived in the Twin Cities this afternoon. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlick is with the President and has a report.
August 10, 2007 - The Bush administration today announced it's making $50 million of the $250 million that's been authorized for the 35 W bridge project immediately available to the state. Officials say the money can be used not only for clean up, but also to begin developing a new bridge. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik reports...
August 9, 2007 - Authorities recovered two bodies today from the 35-W bridge collapse, bringing the death toll to seven. Officials have not released the identities of the latest victims discovered. It is unclear whether they are among the eight people who have been officially listed as "missing." Earlier today before the latest victims were discovered, Minneapolis Police Captain Mike Martin told reporters police came across a homeless man who had entered their restricted area. Martin said the man they detained helped police with information on whether any homeless people were encamped under or around the bridge at the time of the collapse.
August 9, 2007 - The Hennepin County Sheriff's office says a sixth body was recovered at the site of the 35 W bridge wreckage early this afternoon. The sheriff's office says the medical examiner's office will now work to identify the body. Prior to the discovery of the body, Minneapolis Police Captain Mike Martin told reporters dive teams were moving into new areas of the wreckage.
August 7, 2007 - Local officials say they hope help from federal sources will lead to progress in the search for missing people following last Wednesday's bridge collapse. Crews from the Navy and the FBI joined the search yesterday, bringing with them fresh manpower and sophisticated equipment, including an unmanned submarine. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek comments.
August 6, 2007 - Local officials say they hope help from federal sources will lead to progress in the search for missing people following last Wednesday's bridge collapse. Crews from the Navy and the FBI joined the search Monday, bringing with them fresh manpower and sophisticated equipment, including an unmanned submarine. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek remarks.
August 6, 2007 - Officials involved in the effort to recover bodies from the bridge collapse hope assistance from the US Navy and FBI will lead to closure for families of the 8 people who remain unaccounted for.Today marks the 5th day of the challenging search. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik has this report on the latest search efforts.