Good grades would mean free college under Pawlenty plan Gov. Pawlenty has outlined a plan to provide free in-state college tuition to Minnesota's top high school students. Pawlenty says an estimated 16,000 students could benefit in the first year. DFL critics say the Republican governor has had an election-year conversion on higher education issues.5:19 p.m.
Georgia pays tuition grants through lottery proceeds
One state where a similar tuition plan is in effect is Georgia. Since the HOPE program began in 1993, it has provided more than $3 billion in tuition grants to some 900,000 college students in the state. The revenue for the HOPE program comes from Georgia's lottery proceeds.5:23 p.m.
Gates' Goal Shows High Hopes for Global Health
Bill Gates surprised even his closest advisers when he said his dream is to eliminate the world's top 20 diseases in his lifetime. Gates-watchers say it's not naïve over-reaching. The Gateses have an optimistic belief in technology and management that, combined with their resources, could make a difference.
The Rich History of Philanthropy
There is a long history of rich people giving away their money. Dr. Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor of public affairs and philanthropic studies at the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University, says that philanthropic foundations flourished in America in the late 19th century.
Tech Tycoons' Dream: My Own Private Spaceship
What is it about dot-com titans and rocket ships? Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com), Paul Allen (Microsoft), Elon Musk (Paypal) and John Carmack (Doom video games) are just the most famous on the growing list of middle-aged tech giants who want to build private spaceships.
Israeli Military Rolls into Southern Gaza Strip
The ballooning crisis over a captured Israeli soldier held by militants in the Gaza Strip has revealed fractures within Hamas. Exiled leaders have appeared more radical than those inside Gaza and the West Bank. But as Israeil troops gather at the border, divisions have emerged in Hamas' internal leadership as well.
Media Heavyweight Univision Sells for $13 Billion
The nation's largest Spanish-language media company has been sold. A consortium of investors has agreed to pay about $13 billion to acquire the company, which reaches into the homes of about 98 percent of Spanish-speaking households in the United States.
Medical Lesson: Learning to Relate to Patients
Medical schools and residency programs are under increasing pressure to turn out doctors who are good communicators and compassionate in their interactions with patients. It's a huge challenge, but one program is addressing the issue with monthly lunch for first-year doctors.
States Find Local Use for Federal Land Profits
Western states are moving to channel money from the sale of federal lands into local communities. The diversions have resulted in infrastructure improvements and the preservation of sensitive habitat. They've also gone toward other projects -- like a $42 million shooting range.
The Power Buzz in Los Angeles
Stephen Duhart offers us a chance to hear the noisy power lines that are 60 feet above his home in West Los Angeles.
Ramadi Battalion Not Ready to Stand Alone
One of the first areas of the Iraqi army to "stand up" was the First Battalion of the First Brigade, now stationed in Ramadi. A recent visit shows they're still dependent on the U.S. military for food, medical supplies, water and gasoline. And soldiers report that to join the battalion, new recruits must pay a bribe of up to $600.
A Sampling of Opinions on Iraq Troop Pullout
Polls suggest that a majority of Americans aren't happy with the state of things in Iraq, but they are divided about whether -- and how soon -- the United States should withdraw its troops. We talk to Americans in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Ohio to hear their opinions on the war in Iraq.