CSA farms boom in Minnesota This year, there are more CSAs here than ever before, 100 compared to just eight in 2004 and 42 in 2009, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture,4:54 p.m.
Mpls. loan program doesn't give up on struggling businesses Since 2007, the city of Minneapolis has given out more than a million dollars in loans through a program designed to help immigrant entrepreneurs. But six years later, a number of those small businesses are struggling to pay the city back. Its supporters say these delinquent loans are an inevitable part of helping first-time business owners, and one City Council member wants to expand the program.5:23 p.m.
China's Air Pollution Linked To Millions Of Early Deaths
About 1.2 million people die prematurely every year in China from exposure to outdoor air pollution. Smog has dogged the country as it grows at an explosive rate and burns huge quantities of fossil fuels. But there are signs that the government is beginning to take the issue more seriously.
Sanctions Begin To Inflict Real Economic Pain In Iran
According to recent reports from Iran, inflation rates rose for the sixth consecutive month in March. It currently stands at 31.5 percent. Robert Siegel talks with New York Times reporter Thomas Erdbrink about the effects of high inflation rates on Iran.
Conn. Lawmakers Propose Strict Gun Laws After Newtown Shooting
When Adam Lanza shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 people, he used a military-style weapon. He also had 10, 30-round magazines full of a total of 300 bullets. Now, Connecticut lawmakers say they want to ban the sale of those gun magazines, hoping that magazines that hold fewer bullets will mean fewer deaths. Some in the gun industry say that move will cost the state jobs.
Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious' Project
The White House is asking Congress for $100 million to develop new tools for "eavesdropping" on millions of cellular conversations, as individual neurons interact to form thoughts or create memories. The goal is more ambitious than the Human Genome Project, researchers say.
Once Championed By Putin, Medvedev Falls Precipitously Out Of Favor
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is under attack these days — and is receiving no support from his erstwhile political partner, President Vladimir Putin. Though loyal and cautious, Medvedev became a magnet for the opposition, who sought an alternative to Putin. Now, observers say, it's only a matter of time before Medvedev is ousted.