Frac sand mining fissures exposed at Legislature For the past two years, cities and towns in southeastern Minnesota have been grappling with how to regulate frac sand mining. The debate over the issue is also creating some fault lines at the Capitol.6:20 a.m.
Study aims to learn how military families grieve Losing a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, but the US military is trying to understand the unique grieving process for families when the person lost is in the military. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with the Minnesota mother of an Army sergeant who took his own life after coming home from Iraq about the matter.6:50 a.m.
Sami-themed coffee shop celebrates an arctic culture There's no shortage of coffee houses in the Twin Cities. But Chris Pesklo's new shop is the only one to highlight the Sami culture, sharing the coffee and customs of the indigenous people of far northern Scandinavia.7:20 a.m.
Get A Social Security Check? Treasury Says It's Time To Go Electronic
Every month, the government sends out about 5 million paper checks to Americans who receive federal benefits. As of March 1, however, the Treasury Department is planning to make those checks a thing of the past. It's encouraging holdouts to move to direct deposit or a debit card.
Prisoner's Handwritten Petition Prompts Justices To Weigh Government Immunity
The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the federal government can be sued for the actions of prison guards. It comes 50 years after the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright ruling required states to provide counsel for indigent criminal defendants, a case that also began with a long shot, longhand plea from behind bars.
Older Tech Workers Oppose Overhauling H-1B Visas
Overhauling immigration is complicated and controversial. There's been a proposed increase in H-1B visas. Those are the visas that allow companies to bring in skilled foreign workers for jobs that can't be filled by Americans.
Creator Of Lakers Dynasties, Owner Jerry Buss Dies
Jerry Buss died Monday at the age of 80. Buss turned the Los Angeles Lakers from a good pro-basketball team into a great one. During the 34 years he owned them, the Lakers won more games than any other NBA team, including 10 league titles.
Cyberbullying Law Shields Teachers From Student Tormentors
There's a new cyberbullying law in North Carolina — but it's not for students who torment other students. It's one of the first of its kind that punishes students who target teachers online. Teachers groups and free speech organizations are split on what the law hopes to accomplish.
Does Having Children Make You Happier?
Academics have long believed that parenting is a driver of unhappiness, based in part on a 2004 study by Nobel prize-winning economist Danny Kahneman. But a new study disagrees with that theory.
India's Helicopter Deal Investigated For Kickbacks
India has dispatched investigators to Italy to examine allegations of kickbacks involving a $700 million defense deal. The case involves the sale of a dozen helicopters to India from one of Italy's largest industrial groups, Finmeccanica.
'Reader's Digest' Fails To 'Adapt To Internet Speed'
The parent company of Reader's Digest has filed for bankruptcy protection. This is the second time in less than four years. RDA Holding says it plans to emerge from Chapter 11 in less than six months. Linda Wertheimer talks to Peter Kreisky, a media industry adviser and founder and chairman of the Kreisky Media Group.
Majority Of Downloaded Apps Are Abandoned
People have been downloading about 10 apps per month onto their devices. Great news for businesses, except research from the business consulting firm Nuance Enterprise shows that the vast majority of those apps are quickly forgotten about, especially those that are free.