Minnesota campaign aims to expand food stamp rolls A new statewide outreach campaigns to enroll more Minnesotans in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, encouraging those who qualify for government food aid to apply for it.6:45 a.m.
Legislators consider future in new political boundaries A set of new boundaries released this week by court-appointed panel pairs 48 incumbents in the House and Senate, forcing those lawmakers to consider their political futures: run against an incumbent, move to a new district or retire.7:20 a.m.
Light rail gets a name, new logo Under a plan the Metropolitan Council approved Wednesday, it will be known as "Metro" once the Central Corridor line opens in 20147:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Santorum Takes His Lumps At GOP Debate
The four remaining rivals for the GOP presidential nomination debated in Mesa, Ariz., Wednesday night, ahead of next week's primary. It was the first debate in which Rick Santorum was featured as the main threat to former front-runner Mitt Romney. Rep. Ron Paul kept up his own line of fire against Santorum.
Retired GOP Voters In Ariz. Unchanged By Mesa Debate
Members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club outside Tucson gathered at NPR's request to watch the candidates, as they did for an earlier debate. Half the group had already voted by mail for next week's GOP primary, and they're split on who's the best candidate. But they all said they'll back whomever the party nominates.
Iran's Decider: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei
Amid escalating sanctions against Iran and constant talk of war, it's helpful to understand who is calling the shots in that country. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the only man who decides if Iran reaches a deal on its nuclear program. The U.S. is trying to convince him through sanctions and diplomatic pressure.
Why Is This Year's Flu Season Off To A Slow Start?
Researchers say it might be because of the more temperate weather, or the nature of the flu strains now in circulation. It's been around for a year or two so a lot of people have already been exposed, and have built up a natural immunity.
African-American Museum Has Its Groundbreaking
On Wednesday, President Obama and a number of special guests celebrated the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Smithsonian museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is expected to open in 2015.
With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected
Big banks and other large investors are buying up tens of thousands of foreclosed rental properties across the country. According to tenants and regulators, they're not model landlords. Some fail to follow housing codes, leaving tenants to live without even a number to call in the most dire situations.
White House To Coordinate Online Privacy Rules
The Obama administration announced a new effort to protect online consumer privacy Thursday. Officials will ask Internet companies and privacy advocates to agree on rules to protect people from deceptive practices. The "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" will apply standards — albeit voluntary — for companies to follow.
Troubled Sony Pins Hopes On PlayStation Vita
Sony launched its new PlayStation Vita on Wednesday. The portable device is geared toward hard-core gamers and offers a lot of new technology. And after a string of tough times at Sony, the company needs this gadget to sell. Sony is trying to distinguish the Vita from the smartphones it's competing against.
Stack Of Old Comics Sells For $3.5 Million
Superman and Batman were the big earners at the New York auction because in the pile were comics marking the debut of those superheroes. They belonged to Billy Wright of Martinsville, Va., who died in 1994. Relatives found the comics after his wife died last year.
Obama's Corporate Tax Cut Plan Faces Uphill Battle
President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's corporate tax system would sharply cut the taxes that U.S. companies pay. But it would also eliminate many of the loopholes that help them pare down what they owe.