PoliGraph: Thissen property tax claim is correct The DFLer claimed that the new property tax plan provides "$0 in property tax relief" and he's correct: The state will no longer reimburse localities for the lost aid. And while some properties will be taxed less under the new plan, most will be taxed more.4:23 p.m.
Key meetings set for next week on Vikings stadium Next week is shaping up as pivotal in the
Minnesota Vikings' bid for a new football stadium partially financed by the public. Gov. Dayton has scheduled a series of meetings with the major stakeholders to discuss whether a deal can be done before the end of the year.5:20 p.m.
Perry Unveils Energy Policy
GOP presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled his energy policy Friday morning in a speech in West Mifflin, Pa.
Land Rush In Eastern Ohio A Boon For The Economy
There's a land rush for drilling rights in part of the energy-rich Utica Shale. It's good for the Buckeye State's economy and landowners with mineral rights. But despite the hype, little is publicly known about how much oil and gas the Utica will actually produce.
Ex-Cop Alleges N.Y. Officers Planted Drugs On People
In a New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, a former-New York City undercover police officer has revealed details of a system of corruption within the police force that involved planting drugs on innocent people. This practice, called "flaking," was used to help police officers meet quotas for busts. Robert Siegel speaks with John Marzulli of the New York Daily News about the case.
U.S. Birthrate Dropped During Recession
A new report by the Pew Research Center shows that the U.S. birthrate dropped sharply during the recession. Guy Raz speaks with senior demographer Carl Haub from the nonprofit Population Reference Bureau about the correlation of America's recessions and a decrease in birthrate.
The Changing Face Of Seeing Race
Blacks and whites in America both widely approve of interracial marriage, according to a recent Gallup Poll. And in practice, all racial and ethnic groups are marrying each other more than ever. Still, it hasn't been that long since most Americans strongly opposed such marriages.
French Socialist Party To Pick Presidential Candidate
This weekend, the opposition Socialist party in France will choose its presidential candidate in a second round of primary voting. It's the first time a French political party has held an open primary — up till now, candidates have been chosen by party insiders. Sunday's winner will face-off against President Nicolas Sarkozy in next May's presidential race.
Remakes Rethink: Is Hollywood Really Out Of Ideas?
It's been a big year for Hollywood remakes — more than a dozen, not counting sequels. But is that always a bad thing? Critic Bob Mondello points out that painters, musicians and playwrights get new mileage out of old ideas — and argues that filmmakers often do too.
Voters In Spartanburg, S.C., Say They Favor Cain
One of the earliest primary states is South Carolina, which holds its primary on Jan 21. South Carolina is a Republican stronghold — with a strongly conservative voting base. A sample of Republican voters tell NPR they favor Herman Cain — and they especially like his 9-9-9 plan.