Senate set to vote on salary freeze for public schools Supporters say the two-year freeze would help keep more teachers employed and stabilize the budgets of school districts and charter schools. Opponents argue the mandate takes away local control with little financial benefit.6:45 a.m.
Minn. colleges unlikely to use reserve funds to cover cuts Saving up for that metaphorical "rainy day" is part of many a sound budget strategy - and it's one that state colleges and universities have been following for years. Between them, the University of Minnesota and the MnSCU system have about $180 million in reserves.6:50 a.m.
Dayton: Minnesota must 'invest to progress' Gov. Mark Dayton called for bipartisan cooperation Wednesday in his first State of the State message. But he stood by his plan to raise taxes to help erase the state's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit, and Republican lawmakers called that unacceptable.7:20 a.m.
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For Some Couples, Economic Indicators Say Split
The U.S. divorce rate, which dipped during the recession, appears to be on the rebound. Divorce is expensive — and it's hard to split assets when you can't sell a home. But now, divorce lawyers say that's changing.
To Some In GOP, Proposed Cuts Don't Go Far Enough
The GOP leadership promised to cut $100 billion from the budget. Their proposed cuts, to be unveiled Thursday, come close to that mark only if they are counted as cuts to President Obama's spending proposals last year. They are smaller when prorated to what has been spent this fiscal year.
Lawmakers Lee, Webb Announce Their Departures
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) says he will not run for a second term in 2012. And Rep. Christopher Lee (R-NY) resigned. He's accused of sending a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist.
U.S., Israel Focus Talks On Egypt
The widespread protests — and their threat to the stability of Egypt — have caused enormous concern in Israel. But so, too, has the White House's handling of the crisis.
Trade Pacts Should Help With Export Goal
The Obama administration is stepping up its pursuit of free trade agreements, but not fast enough to satisfy some Republicans. The White House has cautiously embraced trade talks as a way to boost exports and create jobs.
Itching To Know How Fleas Flee? Mystery Solved
A 40-year-old controversy about how a flea jumps has now been resolved: Fleas take off from their feet, not from their knees. The key? Structures in their legs that act like tiny springs and ground-gripping hooks on their feet.
In China, Dad Uses Social Media To Find Missing Boy
For three years, the father crisscrossed China searching for the son who had been abducted at age 3. Then he turned to the Internet and, with help from China's version of Twitter and a microblogging journalist, finally brought the boy home.
Power Struggle Halts Cocoa Exports In Ivory Coast
The world's top cocoa exporter is locked in a deadly presidential power struggle. The U.N.-certified election winner ordered the ban on exports in a bid to financially strangle his rival, the incumbent who is refusing to leave office. The ban briefly sent cocoa prices soaring on world markets.
NYSE, Deutsche Boerse In Talks To Merge
The New York Stock Exchange, the historic icon of American capitalism, is in advanced talks to be acquired by the German exchange. If the deal gets done, the combined company would be the world's largest financial exchange.
Should States Have Bankruptcy Protection?
There have been calls to allow states to declare bankruptcy. Jim Spiotto, a bankruptcy specialist and partner at Chapman and Cutler in Chicago, talks to Renee Montagne about the pros and cons, and what congressional action would be needed to make state bankruptcy possible.