Tax bill passes in Senate after initial defeat With a few hiccups along the way, the Minnesota Senate voted for a tax bill that raises income taxes on top earners, increases tobacco taxes and expands the sales tax to clothing and other services. The bill's final passage came after the Senate initially defeated the measure.5:23 p.m.
Lost stillborn babies: What happened at Regions hospital The mistake that sent two stillborn babies from the Regions Hospital morgue in St. Paul to a Red Wing laundry appears to be the result of inadequate labeling of fetal remains. Employees at Crothall Laundry Services discovered the first stillborn baby earlier this month.5:24 p.m.
Rubio Tries To Convince Conservatives He Hasn't Been Duped
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is working to tamp down conservative backlash to the Senate's immigration bill, which he helped craft. Radio talk show hosts, Tea Party activists and conservative bloggers are concerned that Rubio and other Republicans are giving away too much on an issue they believe mostly helps Democrats.
With Or Without Overhaul, Immigration Lawyers In Short Supply
If and when immigration reform passes in Washington, thousands of immigrants are going to need trained immigration lawyers. But advocates say there's a dearth of them even now, leaving a void for untrained or unscrupulous attorneys to mislead clients seeking to navigate the system.
U.N. Aid Workers Not Prepared For Chemical Weapons In Syria
The head of the U.N. refugee agency says aid workers are not at all prepared for the possibility of chemical warfare in Syria. That's just one of the concerns aid workers have in what they call the worst humanitarian disaster in recent decades. Eight thousand Syrians are fleeing every day and the world has focused much more on planning for the day after Bashar al-Assad is toppled rather than on dealing with the humanitarian catastrophes of today.
Big Sibling's Big Influence: Some Behaviors Run In The Family
Psychologists have long known that children often model their behavior on the actions of parents or peers. But science has only recently begun to measure the influence of siblings. An older brother's or sister's behavior can be very contagious, it turns out — for good and for bad.
Transportation Nominee A Loyal Foot Soldier For Obama
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has been nominated to head the U.S. Department of Transportation in President Obama's final term. What the soon-to-be 42-year old mayor lacks in transportation credentials, he makes up for in loyalty to the President and a shared vision of the need for better transit systems.
Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It
Touted in the state-run media, "the Chinese dream" is Beijing's latest official slogan. The man who made the phrase famous says it means China becoming the world's No. 1 superpower. But as censors scrub unapproved versions of the concept from the Internet, people wonder: Just whose dream is it anyway?
Iron And Wine: Words Like Seedlings
Sam Beam says he isn't "worried about people understanding exactly what's happening" in any given song. In this interview, he discusses the "exposed, vulnerable place" described in "Caught in the Briars," as well as the themes that run through Ghost on Ghost, Iron and Wine's new album.
As Health Law Changes Loom, A Shift To Part-Time Workers
Starting in January, businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will be required to provide health insurance or pay a penalty. Some companies say they're already considering shifting those employees to part-time status. But some experts say it's not clear the shift is attributable to the health care law.