Pawlenty wants Minnesota to test mileage tax State officials say Minnesota is working on a pilot program to test the idea of charging drivers for each mile they drive. Other states around the country are considering a vehicle mileage tax, as revenues from the gas tax are expected to decline.4:54 p.m.
Minn. delegation reacts to AIG bonus issue Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen is calling for more oversight of insurance giant AIG, in the wake of the outrage over AIG's payment of $165 million in bonuses to employees, even as the company is being bailed out by the federal government.5:16 p.m.
'Mama D' dies at 94 Giovanna D'Agostino, better known as Mama D, gained fame for her Italian restaurant in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis. Every year on St. Joseph's Day, she would throw open the doors of her restaurant and give thousands of needy people a free meal.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
One Man Tackles Psychotherapy For The Amish
Psychotherapist Jim Cates has an unusual clientele: Amish teenagers. At 16, the Amish experience a way of life outside their communities for the first time, and some teens get into trouble. To help them, Cates must adapt his therapy to a fundamentally different culture.
Biometrics Play New Role In Passport Technology
New passport technology, which combines biometric information with computer chips, aims to make border crossing more accurate, efficient and secure. But as the technology begins to take hold, experts warn that certain aspects of the application process could be subverted.
Anne Brown: She Put The Bess In 'Porgy And Bess'
The Baltimore-born singer dazzled George Gershwin so much that he upsized her character — and added her name to the show's title. News circulated this week of Brown's death in Norway; she was 96.
AIG CEO Liddy Confronted On Capitol Hill
Edward Liddy, the chairman and CEO of the embattled insurer and financial services giant, AIG, answered questions Wednesday from lawmakers angry over the $160 million in bonuses paid to the firm's staff.
AIG: Forget Bonuses; What About Bank Payoffs?
Though executive bonuses paid by AIG are sparking plenty of public outrage, some are even more disturbed by where much of the rest of the $170 billion promised AIG in federal bailout funds is winding up: U.S. and foreign banks.
Venezuelan Outfielder Booed For Supporting Chavez
The World Baseball Classic is not free from politics. Detroit Tigers slugger Magglio Ordonez, who is playing for Venezuela in the world tournament, is booed because he supports Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Fed Moves Again To Shore Up Economy
The Federal Reserve says it will buy up to $300 billion in long-term Treasury bills — and will increase lending in existing programs by another $750 billion. The moves underline the power the Fed holds beyond simply controlling interest rates.
In Detroit, Artists Look For Renewal In Foreclosures
Amid the crumbling auto industry, mounting job losses and thousands of foreclosures, there's not a whole lot of good news coming out of Detroit these days. But one couple is trying to change things by recruiting artists from around the world to buy foreclosed houses and rebuild.
D.C. Lawyer To Head NFL Players Association
The NFL Players Association has picked its new leader. DeMaurice Smith, a lawyer from Washington, D.C., takes over for the late Gene Upshaw. Smith already has big problems to tackle.
'Downriver Revival': Documenting The Double U
In the mid-1960s, an electrician converted his basement into a jerry-built, custom studio he dubbed Double U Sound. Between 1967 and 1981, Felton Williams recorded more than 300 reels of tape. Downriver Revival is the first in a series of compilations focusing on the recordings of these local studios.