Stimulus plan is one year old; how has Minnesota fared? It's been a year since Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was designed to bolster the weak economy. Minnesota's share of stimulus money was about $5 billion. We look at what we have to show for it.7:16 a.m.
Voices of Haiti relief More stories of Minnesotans' efforts to help out in Haiti in the aftermath of last month's earthquake.7:36 a.m.
LGA cuts force cities to tighten belts, again Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed plan to balance the state's budget cuts $250 million in aid to cities and counties around the state, and city leaders are already working out details to determine what kind of things they'll need to do without.7:48 a.m.
One Year Later, Results Of Stimulus Mixed
On the anniversary of President Obama's $787 billion stimulus, an examination of its impact and public opinion reveals mixed results on both fronts. And three stories show how stimulus funds affected a physician assistant, a youth outreach program and a wind turbine plant.
Reid Tripped Up By Deteriorating Political Landscape
Democrats in the U.S. Senate have been dealing with a deteriorating political landscape for several months now, and the challenges keep increasing. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who's responsible for reviving the president's agenda in the Senate, is worried about holding his majority together in this fall's elections. On top of that, he's got his own re-election to think about in November.
Faith, Family Strife Drove Christmas Bomb Suspect
The alleged Christmas Day attacker grew up in a strict, well-to-do family in a region of northern Nigeria heavily impacted by religious violence. When he left home for boarding school, he became increasingly troubled by his family's Western lifestyle and turned more ardently to Islam. Part 1 of an NPR News Investigation.
Was A Foreign Government Behind Hamas Slaying?
The investigation into the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai continues, as police in the Persian Gulf city appealed for an international manhunt. Dubai's police chief said there would be severe consequences if any government was found to have been behind the plot. A number of European countries have rejected claims that the killers used their national passports.
Obama To See Dalai Lama, China Criticizes Meeting
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, is traveling to the United States to meet with President Obama at the White House Thursday. Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom talks to Renee Montagne about the visit, and its implications for relations between the U.S. and China. Wasserstrom teaches at the University of California, Irvine and is the author of the forthcoming book China in the 21st Century.
An Indian Palate Meets A California Street Corner
Essayist Sandip Roy knows that Indian food doesn't need to be from India to be authentic. In fact, sometimes fried semolina balls filled with tamarind water and boiled potatoes are best served out of a little vendor truck in California.
Toyota Investigates Corolla Steering Issues
The Japanese automaker is debating whether to recall its popular Corolla subcompact after reports of power steering problems. At the same time, Toyota's president says he won't testify to Congress about the company's safety problems. Instead, the company's top U.S. official will be there.
Verizon Wireless Partners With Skype
Verizon cell phone users may soon have unlimited minutes due to a new deal with the Internet phone company Skype. The two are partnering to allow Skype calls to go through on Verizon Wireless smartphones starting in March.
Privacy Complaints Abound Over Google's Buzz
Google recently released the social networking program Buzz to compete with Facebook but there have been concerns about privacy. Google automatically signs up Gmail users for Buzz, rather than waiting for them to "opt in."
Economy Prompts New Look At North Dakota Bank
The Bank of North Dakota, the nation's only state-owned bank, might seem to be a relic. It provides loans to farmers, businesses and students. The bank's president won't take credit for North Dakota's enviably low jobless rate, or the state's budget surplus. But officials in other states are wondering if it is helping North Dakota sail through the national recession.