Minn. lawmakers start final week billions apart The final week of the Legislative session is underway with no agreement in sight for erasing the state's $4.6 billion budget deficit. But Gov. Tim Pawlenty tried to kick start the negotiations today by partially pulling back on one of his key budget provisions, and agreeing to two others offered by Democrats.5:44 p.m.
Settlement hearing draws rally for Fong Lee's family A group of nearly 200, mostly Hmong people, demonstrated in front of the U.S. courthouse in downtown St. Paul to rally support for the family of Fong Lee, who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis officer in 2006.5:47 p.m.
Official: Health Care Vote Could Come In July
President Obama announced Monday that health companies are agreeing to cut costs to save the public more than $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Nancy Ann DeParle, counselor to the president and director of the White House Office of Health Reform, offers her insight.
Health Care Industry Unveils Cost-Cutting Plan
The health care industry stepped forward Monday with big cost savings to help President Obama pass an overhaul plan. The pledge came at a White House meeting of groups representing health insurers, hospitals, doctors, drug-makers and a major labor union.
Mint To Press Fewer Coins As Economy Slows
The U.S. Mint will make just 3 billion coins in 2009 — that's a 70 percent decline from the 10 billion coins produced in 2008. And it will be the smallest run in 50 years. The slumping retail economy is to blame, and banks need fewer new coins from the Mint.
Death Often Brings Disputes Over Online Lives
For many people, keeping a deceased loved one alive through an online memorial is a source of comfort. But for others, cleaning up online profiles and shutting down e-mail accounts can require some legal wrangling. In one recent case, hackers stole a deceased person's domain names.
In Punjab, Crowding Onto The Cancer Train
The use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and high-yield seeds to increase production transformed India from a country dependent on food aid and imports to one that sometimes exports grains. But did it also fuel a dramatic rise in cancer among the farm families of India's Punjab state?
Letters: Edwards, China, Arnold
Listeners respond to Michele Norris' interview with Elizabeth Edwards and Melissa Block's reporting from China. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel also provide an update on Craig Arnold, the poet and essayist who disappeared on a Japanese island over two weeks ago.
Strapped For Cash, Music Fans Let Go Of CDs
Several major record retailers around the country have reported significant increases in their supply of used CDs. Since the economic crisis began, more people have been bringing in CDs to sell for cash or store credit. Both Amoeba Records in California and Newbury Comics in Boston see the same trend.
Coldplay Accused Of Plagiarism ... Again
Coldplay is one of the best-selling bands in the world. In spite of its success, the band has a nagging problem: charges that it plagiarized not one, but three other artists to write its recent hit, "Viva La Vida." Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is the latest accuser.
U.S. Replaces Top General In Afghanistan
The Pentagon is replacing its top commander in Afghanistan. Gen. David McKiernan has been in charge of the mission there and had pushed for big troop increases for months. The Obama administration is sending more troops, but has now decided it wants new leadership, too. McKiernan is to be replaced by Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
GOP Tries To Reshape Message
Republican House members have no power, but they figure the least they could do is get a message. House leader Eric Cantor is holding "Conversations with America" and House GOP press secretaries are looking for clues from former Bush press secretaries. They are all in search of the lost middle.