Minnesota's jobless rate jumps to 6.4 percent The job market continues to get tougher for Minnesotans as the recession deepens. Minnesota lost another 10,500 jobs in November and the state's unemployment rate spiked 10 6.4 percent.4:50 p.m.
Infamous 'Lizard People' ballot rejected by board One of the most talked about ballots during the recount was the infamous "Lizard People" ballot. Today, that ballot came up to the State Canvassing Board for review and was rejected as an overvote. Tom Crann talked with the voter who cast that vote, Lucas Davenport.5:24 p.m.
Recession provides real world lab for biz schools Professors know one of the best ways to capture students' attention is to use real world examples in the classroom. The current financial turmoil is one of the most effective teachable moments ever for business schools.5:50 p.m.
Local GLBT leader upset with Warren inauguration pick Among the people disappointed with Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the invocation on Innaguration Day is Amy Johnson. She is the brand new executive director of Minnesota's biggest gay and lesbian equality organization -- OutFront Minnesota.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Names SEC Pick
President-elect Barack Obama has named Mary Schapiro to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a news conference in Chicago, Obama said government regulators "had dropped the ball," leading to the financial meltdown.
Obama Unveils Pick For Labor Secretary
President-elect Barack Obama has picked California Congresswoman Hilda Solis as his labor secretary. The Democrat, a daughter of Mexican and Nicaraguan immigrants, has worked closely with immigration and environmental issues.
Improved Chelyabinsk Health Care Still Falls Short
Astonishingly low life expectancy for men and anemic fertility levels have resulted in a population drop in Russia. And although Chelyabinsk's health system has made gains in the past 10 years, it is still short on specialists, tools and hospital space.
Greek Police Continue Clashes With Protesters
Violent protests are continuing in Greece two weeks police shot and killed a teenager. Riot police have clashed with rock-throwing demonstrators in central Athens. Christmas shoppers and people in cafes sought cover. Derek Gatopolous, a reporter for The Associated Press, offers his insight.
Hamas-Fatah Rift Deepens, Threatens Peace Efforts
In the Gaza Strip, leaders of the militant Islamist group Hamas declare an end to a six-month truce with Israel. With little in sight to diminish the grip of Hamas, the political chasm between Gaza and the Fatah-ruled West Bank looks increasingly permanent.
Suggestions For New Cabinet-Level Agencies
Commentator Andrei Codrescu thinks that the Obama presidency needs some new Cabinet-level positions. Among them: a Department of Common Sense, a Department for the Defense of the English Language, a Department of Accuracy and a Department of Unused Resources.
Jason Crigler: Hope And Recovery
The guitarist's new CD, The Music of Jason Crigler, deserves attention because of the variety of style and performance, and the natural fit you often hear between singer and song. But the story behind this recording, which was nine years in the making, goes beyond music.
Saudi Arabia, George Soros On Clinton Donor List
The former president's foundation ended years of secrecy by naming its donors. The information dump came about to stave off problems that could sink Hillary Clinton's Cabinet job. The list included enough big money and enough big names to catch the attention of conservatives, journalists and bloggers.
Chrysler Worker Weighs Uncertain Future
Automaker Chrysler has announced it will shut all its plants for a month starting Friday. Brian Peshek, a die-maker at a Chrysler plant in Twinsburg, Ohio, talks about the plant's closure and his worries for the future.