Rep. Paulsen goes to bat for state's medical device industry Minnesota's medical device industry is an important employer in the state, and has a strong ally in Rep. Erik Paulsen who wants to eliminate a provision in last year's health care law that puts a 2.3 percent tax on the industry's revenues.4:51 p.m.
Property taxes poised to push up rents in Minn. When state officials changed the property tax law this year, one effect was to push the tax burden away from low-value homes and onto other types of property, including apartment buildings. That's likely to drive rents up in 2012.5:45 p.m.
Russell Banks writes the life of a sex offender In 50 years of writing fiction, Russell Banks has told the stories of many less-than-perfect people. For his latest novel "Lost Memory of Skin" he takes on perhaps his most troubling character: a young sex offender.5:51 p.m.
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Freed Prisoners Arrive In Gaza Strip
It's been a day of celebration in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. That's after 477 Palestinian prisoners were released in the first phase of the exchange that also freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Israeli Ambassador Discusses Prisoner Swap
Five years after he was captured by Hamas militants in Gaza in a cross-border raid, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was returned to his home country. Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., talks with Robert Siegel about the deal that will free more than one thousand Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for Shalit's release Tuesday.
Winarsky Talks About Siri
Robert Siegel speaks with Norman Winarsky, vice president of SRI Ventures and co-founder and board member of Siri. Siri was an SRI spin-off company acquired by Apple last year. This company developed the virtual personal assistant technology for the new iPhone.
Big Banks Report Earnings This Week
Most big U.S. banks are reporting earnings this week. On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs said it lost money in the third quarter amid declining revenues and markdowns on its investments. Bank of America showed improved results, but it lost the biggest bank title to J.P. Morgan Chase.
Some News Corp Investors Aim To Challenge Murdoch
The annual meeting of News Corp's shareholders will take place this Friday under unusual circumstances — a growing number of corporate governance advisers and a significant number of investors are calling for the Murdoch family and their close allies to loosen their hold on the corporation's board. This follows the phone hacking and police corruption scandal in the U.K. that has enveloped James Murdoch and his former top lieutenants, as well as subsequent questions about the larger company's governance and structure. As the Murdochs control about 40 percent of voting stock and a sympathetic Saudi prince controls another 7 percent, there is almost no mathematical chance they can be forced to relinquish control on a vote. However, it represents a moment at which notable opposition has built up against the Murdochs — both outside and inside the corporate sphere.
New Paintings Reignite The Bob Dylan Copycat Debate
Legendary songwriter Bob Dylan is once again at the center of a controversy about plagiarism, but this time it's not about his words or his music — it's about his painting. Many of the pictures in his new show are direct copies from historical photographs, and some fans are calling foul.
Maine Strained By Use Of Cocaine-Like 'Bath Salts'
The synthetic stimulants cause paranoid, psychotic and often violent behavior. Their use has reached epidemic proportions in Maine and is straining police departments and emergency rooms. Last month, the state tightened laws, but addict Shane Heathers doubts whether that will deter users.
Obama Takes Aim At Republican Jobs Plan
Throughout his bus tour in the South, the president has pushed his American Jobs Act and hammered at the competing Republican plan. The GOP strategy, which many of the Republican presidential contenders have adopted, relies heavily on lower tax rates, more domestic energy production and fewer government regulations.
GOP Presidential Candidates Prepare To Debate In Nev.
The Republican candidates meet for another debate this evening, this one in Nevada. It will be the last in a series of six debates since late fall. In that time, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has firmly established himself as the man to beat for the GOP nomination. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Mara Liasson for more.