What does Rochester need to offer to become a global destination? Rochester is in the middle of transition. The city's flagship employer, the Mayo Clinic, proposes to invest billions of dollars over the next two decades to attract more patients, as well as add tens of thousands of new jobs to southeastern Minnesota. But there's a missing piece to the plan before Rochester can become a global medical destination.5:20 p.m.
Some DFL lawmakers say Mayo Clinic finance plan is a bad idea Some state lawmakers say questions the wisdom of financing public improvements around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester. The health care provider announced a plan this week for investments totaling more than $5 billion over the next two decades that rely on about a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. Even Gov. Mark Dayton expressed concern about the precedent it would set, but he said he doesn't want Minnesota to lose the clinic's headquarters.5:24 p.m.
List of B. Todd Jones' critics, defenders grows The nomination of B. Todd Jones to become the permanent head of the ATF could be in for a bumpy ride. Jones is the interim director of the agency, and is also the U.S. attorney for Minnesota. This week a former FBI special agent cast doubt on Jones' ability to head the ATF.
Another critic backs up those complaints, while the list of Jones' defenders is growing.5:50 p.m.
White House Tries Again To Find Compromise On Contraception
Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.
Week In Politics: Jobs Numbers, Hagel's Confirmation Hearing
Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss new jobs numbers, Chuck Hagel's Senate confirmation hearing, immigration reform and the legacy of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
Outgoing Energy Secretary Warns Of Dangers Of Climate Change
Secretary Chu is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who came into office with high hopes. He was selected to help the president pursue his green energy agenda and fight climate change. It turned out to be a rocky road. Some of the green companies that got big government loans, like Solyndra, ended up going bankrupt, and the president had to drop his plans to get Congress to adopt climate change legislation. Still Chu helped the country make progress in becoming more energy efficient.
Pennsylvania Outdoor Sports Show Caught In Gun Debate Cross Hairs
The fight over the Second Amendment could cost Pennsylvania businesses more than $40 million in lost revenue thanks to the postponement of one of the nation's largest hunting and fishing shows. Event organizers had banned the display of legal assault weapons, leading several vendors to boycott it.
Stock Market Rallies On Positive Jobs Report
Employers added 157,000 jobs to payrolls in January, but the unemployment rate ticked up a notch anyway, to 7.9 percent. The monthly jobs report from the Labor Department also said job growth was much better in November and December than originally reported.
Pentagon Remains Big Target In Likely Budget Cuts
Although a fiscal cliff was narrowly prevented at the beginning at the year, there's another budget deadline approaching. If Congress doesn't act, billions in automatic budget cuts will slice military spending, possibly hurting contractors and some personnel.
Spain's Prime Minister May Have Received 'Black Money' For Years
The Spanish newspaper El Pais has published excerpts of accounting logs that allegedly belonged to the former treasurer of Spain's ruling party. Luis Barcenas is accused of handing out envelopes stuffed with cash at party headquarters for years. His notebooks reveal payments to most top Spanish politicians — including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was a deputy party secretary at the time. If the documents are authentic, they are evidence that Rajoy received "black money" for years. The ruling party has denied all charges.