Minn. ranks 3rd for quality of life in U.S. The quality of life in Minnesota is above average, ranking third in the nation according to a national comparison of social and economic factors measuring opportunity.4:49 p.m.
Housing lack adds to difficulty finding workers Some Minnesota companies that have difficulty finding people to fill jobs say the problem isn't skills as much as it is a lack of housing for employees in remote parts of the state.5:20 p.m.
Oregon Weighs Own Gun Measures After Mall Shooting, Newtown
The measures include a ban on guns in schools and criminal background checks for private gun sales. They follow a shooting at a crowded shopping mall in a Portland suburb just days before the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Structural Or Cyclical? The Type Of Unemployment Matters
Every week, the Department of Labor issues data detailing the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits in the previous week. According to Thursday's report, 385,000 people filed last week, the third weekly increase in a row, and a higher figure than expected. Robert Siegel talks with Adam Davidson about this week's initial claims report. Davidson says the report can help illuminate the vital question of whether the United States has a cyclical or a structural unemployment problem.
Some Deep-Sea Microbes Are Hungry For Rocket Fuel
Some of the tiniest critters inside the harsh, otherwordly vents at the bottom of sea are unlike almost anything on Earth. They don't need oxygen to thrive — they can use rocket fuel. The discovery is a hint that our planet's first microbes probably sucked up whatever chemicals they could to survive.
Britain's Class System More Complicated Than Once Thought
A new study finds that the socio-economic class system in Britain is more complicated than previously thought. Instead of the standard categories of lower, upper, and middle class, the study identifies seven social classes. Audie Cornish talks with researcher Fiona Devine about the findings.
Rolling Stones To Return To Hyde Park After 44 Years
The Stones' 1969 concert at the park drew 250,000 people and was tinged with sorrow, coming just two days after the death of founding member Brian Jones. Just before performing, Mick Jagger silenced the crowd for a remembrance of Jones.
North Korea Blocks South Korean Workers From Shared Facility
Earlier this week we talked about the Kaesong Industrial Complex with a North Korea expert — professor Aidan Foster-Carter from Leeds University. The facility is the North Korean manufacturing base for 120 South Korean firms and is a workplace for Koreans from both sides of the border. Now that South Korean workers have been blocked from entering the complex, Audie Cornish checks in with Foster-Carter once again.