Dayton, GOP leaders remain split on budget solutions With four weeks to go before the Minnesota Legislature is set to adjourn, the DFL governor and the Republican leaders of House and Senate remain divided over how to address the $5 billion projected budget shortfall.5:20 p.m.
Novel explores notions of desire Best selling author Meg Wolitzer says for her new novel "The Uncoupling," she wanted to examine some old notions in a new way. The book tells the story of a 21st century community where all the women fall under a spell.
"Often in a novel, a character is explored through sex. But here it's explored through the taking away of sex."
Wolitzer says the story allowed her to explore modern ideas about intimacy.5:54 p.m.
Today's Question: What piece of music stirs emotions in you? A discussion on today's Midmorning looks at the ways music can trigger memories and emotional responses for the listener. We'd like to hear about music that you find especially expressive.
Today's Question: What piece of music stirs emotions in you?6:27 p.m.
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For Prostitutes, An Alternative To The Streets
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