Traces of a chemical compound called triclosan are showing up in the environment and raising concerns about its potential to impact human health. The St. Cloud Times reports that Prof. Bill Arnold from the University of Minnesota, who is researching triclosan, met with river advocates and citizens in St. Cloud. He told them that the chemical is showing up in increasing levels in sediment at the bottom of the Mississippi River.
In her tightest election yet, Rep. Michele Bachmann will retain her seat after challenger Jim Graves conceded Wednesday morning. Bachmann leads Graves by 4,207 votes with all precincts reporting, just outside the margin of 0.5 percent that would trigger an automatic recount.