School starts for 16,000 students in southwest Minnesota Monday is the first day of school for more than 16,000 students in southwestern Minnesota, even though state law prevents most schools from starting before Labor Day. A group of schools got special permission to start early, saying it would help them raise test scores.4:45 p.m.
Horner outlines budget plan: Taxes, cuts, delays Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner has unveiled his financial blueprint to address Minnesota's $5.8 billion projected budget shortfall. He would lower, but expand the sales tax, and raising taxes on alcohol and tobacco. He would also freeze state hiring and cut $2.5 billion in spending.5:24 p.m.
Health sector airs concerns over reform law at seminar Many attendees at a discussion in Minneapolis on Monday about how health reform legislation will affect their businesses left with even more questions after finding out the law's details are still evolving.5:50 p.m.
Autism Gives Woman An 'Alien View' Of Social Brains
Autism has made biomedical engineering student Lisa Daxer feel like an outsider. "I have a weird brain," she says. But it has also helped her become something of an expert on the social behavior of people without autism.
Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen Of New Orleans
Thomas' story is filled with sharp twists and turns. She got pregnant after the eighth grade, was married at 14 and became a mother of three by the time she was 17. The single mother was working as a waitress at a nightclub, but she couldn't resist getting onstage to sing with the band.
On Philly's Walls, Murals Painted With Brotherly Love
The city of Philadelphia is known for many things — cheese steaks, the Liberty Bell, the Rocky statue. But now, the City of Brotherly Love can boast one more sight to see — colorful murals painted by locals are transforming Philadelphia's neighborhoods into outdoor art museums.
A Hard Fight For A Political Voice In Biloxi, Miss.
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast five years ago, it sent a 30-foot-high wall of water ashore the coast of Mississippi. Sharon Hanshaw, who lost her home and beauty shop in Biloxi, says she's fighting for equitable development for her impoverished community.
Katrina's Impact On The Population Of New Orleans
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark VanLandingham, a professor of public health at Tulane University, about the changes in the makeup of the population of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck the city five years ago. Some ethnic groups have rebounded better than others. The Vietnamese population of East New Orleans has robustly returned to their old neighborhood, and the Hispanic population of the city has grown.
High-Tech Aging: Tracking Seniors' Every Move
A growing number of companies are using monitoring technology to revolutionize elder care. Sensors can transmit someone's every move -- from getting out of bed to making a pot of coffee and opening the refrigerator door. But what do seniors give up in privacy?
Historic Cathedral Clock Going Electric
For 90 years, five generations of the Fisher family have hand-wound the clock at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England. But no longer. An electric motor is being installed this week to keep the historic clock running. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Paul Fisher about the handoff.
At The Movies, A String Of Futures Passed
We're five years from the hover boards promised in Back to the Future. But wait, didn't The Terminator indicate that the apocalypse should have struck more than a decade ago? NPR's Bob Mondello looks back at some iconic visions of the future -- and notes that they say more about when they were written than about when they were set.
Administrator Takes Over $20 Billion BP Fund
Kenneth Feinberg assumed his role as head of the $20 billion compensation fund on Monday. Until now, BP had been handling the process. Will it get any better for the thousands of people still waiting for their money?