Slow going for State Canvassing Board in U.S. Senate recount
Minnesota's State Canvassing Board finished its first day ruling on challenged ballots. MPR's Steven John talked to correspondent Mark Zdechlik about the board's slow progress.5:20 p.m.
MPR, churches oppose proposed LRT route Minnesota Public Radio and two neighboring churches in downtown St. Paul are escalating their opposition to a proposed route for a light-rail transit line. In the latest salvo, MPR has asked the project planners to study alternative routes through downtown St. Paul.5:24 p.m.
Chat with Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson
MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Anderson about the earning numbers Best Buy released today and recently offered voluntary buyouts.5:50 p.m.
Fusion centers protect us, but at what cost? Preventing terrorism is the goal of an expanded domestic intelligence plan now in place in all 50 states including Minnesota, but privacy advocates worry it goes too far, with too little oversight.5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Fed Sharply Cuts Key Interest Rate
The Federal Reserve has cut the federal funds rate to the lowest level on record. The new target is a range of zero to 0.25 percentage points. The drop in the rate is expected to result in a quick reduction in the prime lending rate.
Chicago Schools Chief Is Obama Education Pick
President-elect Barack Obama has named Arne Duncan of Chicago as his secretary of Education, drafting a fellow Chicagoan who has been associated with innovations in that city's troubled schools. Obama said Duncan was a "hands-on" practitioner of school reform.
Duncan Appointment Examined
Before being named President-elect Barack Obama's Education secretary, Arne Duncan ran Chicago schools for seven years. Chester Finn, Jr., president of Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based, education think tank, offers his insight on the appointment.
Economic Crisis Hampers Chelyabinsk's Growth
Ten years ago, the factories of Chelyabinsk were almost at a standstill. Then prices for raw materials and metal began to rise, which fueled extraordinary growth. Now factories and businesses have started cutting back again.
Author: Bravado Drives Ponzi Schemes
Why would someone like Bernard Madoff allegedly get involved in a Ponzi scheme? Nomi Prins, former Wall Street insider and author of Other People's Money: The Corporate Mugging of America, offers her insight into how scam artists in the finance world think.
In Calif., Deficits Could Spur Taxes, Program Cuts
California faces the largest budget deficit of any state. It is now estimated at $42 billion over the next 18 months. That means severe cuts in state programs, major new taxes, or, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, both.
U.S. Returns Bosnians From Guantanamo
The United States has repatriated three Guantanamo prisoners to Bosnia. They are three of the five detainees that a federal judge had ordered the government to release. He said the government had only an unreliable tip that the men were planning to engage in terrorism with al-Qaida and he urged the Justice Department not to appeal his ruling.
The AccoLade: Saudi Women Rock Out
The conservative Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia is hardly a place to hear about up-and-coming rock bands, let alone an all-female one. The AccoLade has gained an international following via Facebook and MySpace. The band talks about attracting attention from religious clerics, as well as how creating a somewhat anonymous identity online lets the band thrive in a strict society.
Madoff Was Magnet For Some, Not All, Investors
Some investors tried to warn regulators about Bernard Madoff, and they say authorities failed to act against him until it was much too late. Now the FBI has set up a hotline for investors who believe they were cheated by Madoff, in an effort to gather information about how the scandal unfolded.