Emmer says he would cap Minn. spending if elected Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is betting his campaign on whether Minnesotans will accept a state budget for the next two years that cuts spending on higher education, aid to cities and counties and state agencies.5:24 p.m.
Israel, Palestinians End First Day Of Talks
Israeli and Palestinian leaders are discussing the thorniest issues dividing them and are committed to two states for two peoples. That was the word from a latest round of U.S.-mediated peace talks that were held Tuesday in Egypt. The delegations move on to Jerusalem for another round of talks Wednesday.
U.S. Eyes $60 Billion In Defense Sales To Saudis
The Obama administration is finalizing plans to sell $60 billion in fighter jets and helicopters to the Saudis over the next several years. The deal could change the military balance in the Middle East, and it also will help some balance sheets in the U.S. defense industry.
Preview Of Gen. Petraeus Interview
NPR's Morning Edition is reporting from Afghanistan this week. Renee Montagne is there and just interviewed the U.S. commander in the country. Melissa Block and David Greene have a preview of that conversation with Gen. David Petraeus.
Liberace Museum To Close Its Doors
The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas will close its doors next month after decades of showcasing the elaborate threads, jewelry, cars, pianos and candelabras of the man known as "Mr. Showmanship." The extravagant pianist, who died of AIDS in 1987, was one of the highest paid entertainers in the world at one time. Jack Rappaport, the museum's president, talks about why the museum is closing and what's going to happen to all that stuff.
Obama Tries To Convince Voters He Feels Their Pain
A recent Washington Post/ABC poll found nearly half of all Americans don't believe President Obama understands the problems of people like themselves. In recent days, he's been stressing his support for those hit hard by the economy and bringing up his family's working-class roots.
Senate Fails To Cut Tax Provision
The Senate rejected an amendment Tuesday that would have cancelled a new requirement of the health care overhaul. And so a little-noticed provision of the law lives on: Small businesses must file a 1099 form with the Internal Revenue Service if they buy supplies or services worth more than $600 from a vendor.
Surprise At Ernest Withers Revelations
Ernest Withers is known as the official photographer of the Civil Rights movement, but a new investigation by the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper reveals he was also a spy for the FBI -- informing on the thoughts and movements of Martin Luther King Jr. and others. Earl Caldwell,who knew Withers, offers his insight. Caldwell is a professor at the Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications in Hampton, Va.
N.C. State Crime Lab's Work Draws Scrutiny
In North Carolina, the state crime lab is under scrutiny after a state panel exonerated a man in February who served 17 years on a murder conviction. Now 230 more cases are suspect, including several people on death row.
States Struggle To Share Cost Of High-Speed Rail
Despite increased federal funds for high-speed passenger rail, some states have scaled back or delayed projects because they lack necessary matching funds. New federal funding for high-speed rail requires states to pitch in 20 percent of the costs.
California Online School Seeks Students, Tax Dollars
Elk Grove Unified near Sacramento has opened a Virtual Academy offering online curricula for kindergarten through 12th grade. Officials hope to attract home-school students and children from other districts. But critics question using public tax dollars to fund a private school's curriculum.