Food shelf visits up sharply in Minnesota The number of visits to food shelves is up by two-thirds in Minnesota compared to two years ago, and in the Twin Cities, the number is almost doubled. Many of those new visitors used to be donors.4:49 p.m.
Retail grocers compete for customers - and local food Increasing consumer interest in the presumed health and economic benefits of local food has meant that not only do store like Lunds need to keep up with customer demand, they also have to compete with other retailers like Walmart -- both for customers and for the growers that produce the food.4:53 p.m.
Monday a snow day, for a variety of reasons One of the largest snowfalls to ever hit the Twin Cities made for tough driving Monday. But it gave tens of thousands of school children across the metro and the state a snow day.5:20 p.m.
Tax Deal Likely To Clear Senate, Faces House Battle
The Bernie Sanderses of the Senate world still hate the tax cut deal, and so do budget hawks of the right. But with support from the vast middle, the Obama-McConnell package jumped a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday, and is expected to get final approval in a day or two. Next question: Will the House insist on changes, and could that unravel the deal?
Clock Ticking, Obama Urges Senate OK Of Arms Treaty
The Obama administration is increasingly optimistic that the Senate will ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, possibly this week. The big question is whether the administration has enough Republican support to get New START ratified before the new Senate is sworn in next month.
Sweden Identifies Alleged Suicide Bomber
Police in Sweden are continuing to investigate a suicide bombing over the weekend in Stockholm. They've identified a man they say is responsible for the attack. For more, NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Swedish journalist Robert Aschberg.
Inside Foxconn, Maker Of The iPhone
Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that manufactures iPhones and iPads, was in the news this year as more than a dozen factory workers leaped to their deaths. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Frederik Balfour, who spent time at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China, about what the company's response has been, and how effective it's been.
Stop Me Before I Facebook Again
Being surrounded by a nonstop stream of information hasn't exactly helped us focus or concentrate on our work. But a software developer has come up with a barrier to help social media addicts kick the habit. The application is aptly called Anti-Social.
Pain Persists For Mine Disaster Family
Eight months after 29 workers lost their lives at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, Gene Jones speaks out about the twin brother he lost in the blast and his family's ordeal.
Madoff's Victims May Still Have More To Lose
Court-appointed trustee Irving Picard sued Bernard Madoff's son, Mark, and others connected to the Madoff firm in an effort to recoup some of the billions of dollars lost by investors in the fraud. But Picard is also seeking to recover money from investors, even if they lost money in the end.
Bid To Revive Community Radio Stalls In Senate
For the past decade, a coalition of advocacy groups has been asking Congress to let hundreds of new community radio stations go on the air. Supporters of the idea -- from the Christian Coalition and Sen. John McCain, to Move On and Sen. Maria Cantwell -- say the new stations would do wonders for communities from coast to coast. But the bill to expand community radio is currently stalled in the Senate, the victim of anonymous holds by two or more senators, and supporters worry that even with bipartisan support, the bill may once again die without an up-or-down vote.
Putin Sings! (And Others Too)
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin displayed his musical talents, performing a piano solo and singing "Blueberry Hill" for a cancer charity fundraiser at the ice stadium in St. Petersburg. As hosts Melissa Block and Robert Siegel tell us, he is not the first world leader to display vocal talent.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Key Part Of Health Law
A federal district court judge in Virginia has handed the new health law a setback. The judge has ruled that Congress overstepped its constitutional authority in requiring most people to either get health insurance or pay a penalty.