Asset-building program for poor tries to win back state support The state may give new life to a program that helps low income people build savings to fund an education, a business, or the purchase of a home. When program participants save $40 a month in an account the program adds $120. FAIM says it has helped nearly 1,800 people save $2.5 million over the last 12 years. But the program lost its state funding two years ago and wasn't included in the governor's first proposed budget this year.3:49 p.m.
Ice storm: Worthington declares state of emergency More than 70,000 utility customers in southwest Minnesota and eastern South Dakota were without power over the last 24 hours as freezing rain wreaked havoc with power lines and utility poles.4:49 p.m.
Asset-building program for poor tries to win back state support The state may give new life to a program that helps low income people build savings to fund an education, a business, or the purchase of a home. When program participants save $40 a month in an account the program adds $120. FAIM says it has helped nearly 1,800 people save $2.5 million over the last 12 years. But the program lost its state funding two years ago and wasn't included in the governor's first proposed budget this year.5:54 p.m.
El Paso Schools Cheating Scandal: Who's Accountable?
The former superintendent of the Texas school district was sentenced to three years in prison for rigging standardized test scores. Other employees could still face charges for helping him carry out his scheme. Now, local and state education officials are blaming each other for letting it go on so long.
Freshlyground: Polished African Pop On The Global Dance Floor
Driven by Zolani Mahola's powerhouse voice, the band is one of the most talked about musical acts out of post-apartheid South Africa. Although its latest album features an American producer, its desire to hang onto the past while establishing a place in the future is decidedly South African.
Bipartisan Group Of Senators Agrees To Background Check Plan
More than three months after the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., the U.S. Senate is poised to bring a gun bill to the floor on Thursday. It's far weaker than what gun control advocates had hoped for, but nonetheless faces a Republican filibuster because gun rights groups say it goes too far.
'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Push For Background Checks
"Mayors Against Illegal Guns," a group founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is airing ads pressuring members of Congress to pass gun control legislation. Melissa Block talks with Mark Glaze, the group's director, about the Senate compromise announced Wednesday and the group's strategy.
Test Tube Baby Pioneer Helped Bring Millions Into The World
Robert G. Edwards, a British physiologist who won a Nobel Prize in 2010 for helping develop in vitro fertilization, died Wednesday. He was 87. Audie Cornish talks with Rob Stein about Edwards' work and the controversy that still surrounds the techniques he helped create.
A New Way To Make The Most Powerful Malaria Drug
The relatively scarce "sweet wormwood" plant has long been the only source of the herbal drug artemisinin. A new trick for making artemisinin in the lab should help even out supplies around the world, scientists say, and cut the cost of malaria treatment.
Some States Hike Gas Tax; Va. Tries New Route To Fund Roads
Revenues from gas taxes often fall short of what's needed for repairs and construction of the nation's roads, so states are starting to take action. Some are considering an increase in the state gas tax while others are getting creative.
A Mother's Fight Against 3 Strikes Law 'A Way of Life'
Shane Reams owes his freedom from prison in no small part to his mother's 17-year campaign to change California's tough three strikes sentencing law. Sue Reams' work is not done, she says, not when people are still in prison "for stupid things" like stealing baby food.