Growing quickly, Austin schools expect close vote on expansion Unlike most outstate Minnesota school districts, Austin's is growing and it has placed before voters a $29 million expansion plan. Officials are expecting a close vote. This special project by MPR News examines the dilemma cities, schools and counties are coping with in a struggling economy and the resolutions they are finding.4:54 p.m.
Unemployment Rate Decreases Slightly
A Labor Department report showed that the October unemployment rate fell a tenth of a percent to 9 percent in October. Friday's number was less than what most economists had hoped for.
Despite Peace Plan, 15 Syrian Protesters Killed
At least 15 people are dead in Syria as a result of a crackdown on demonstrators. The deaths throw into question the credibility of Syria's commitment to the Arab League peace plan. Under the plan, the Syrian government agreed to halt violence against protesters and withdraw its tanks from urban areas.
Iraq's Kurdish Leader Discusses Troop Withdrawal
Robert Siegel interviews Barham Salih, prime minister of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq. Salih describes his concerns about the stability of the country after U.S. troops withdraw at the end of the year.
Rep. Bass Discusses Letter To Supercommittee
Guy Raz speaks to Republican Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire about the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the "Supercommittee." On Wednesday, Bass — along with 39 other Republicans — signed a letter urging the committee to put all options for spending and revenues on the table.
Baby Boomers Remain Skeptical Of The Establishment
The baby boomer generation came into politics with a liberal challenge to the establishment, but that hasn't made it a reliably Democratic voting block. This middle-aged group is deeply dissatisfied with the economy and frustrated with the president.
In Bangkok, Residents' Anger Rises With Floodwaters
Flooding that has killed more than 400 people in Thailand continues to make its way south into the capital, Bangkok. Tempers are flaring as some residents complain the government is sacrificing poorer areas to the waters to protect more affluent and industrial areas closer to the city center.
OWS Donations Create Headaches For Protesters
The Occupy Wall Street movement based in New York's Zuccotti Park has accumulated almost half a million dollars in cash and online donations. But managing the new-found wealth is creating headaches for the protesters.
Ahoy Students! Cruise Ship Doubles As College Dorm
Students at St. Mary's College of Maryland are starting an impromptu semester at sea — sort of. They were relocated to the 300-foot Sea Voyager docked just off campus after mold spores were discovered in two dorms. But for those expecting chocolate fountains or an open bar, think again.