Commentator says mornings need quiet moments With the pace of life these days, sometimes a Minnesotan needs to start the day with a quiet little moment. That's how commentator Peter Smith feels, and it's why he composed this still-life essay for an early March morning in Minnesota.6:55 a.m.
Legislators eye fix for red ink State finance officials release a new economic forecast today, and all signs suggest Minnesota's $4.8 billion budget deficit will grow significantly larger.7:20 a.m.
Franken to make his case in Senate contest Democrat Al Franken's lawyers call their first witnesses today in the lawsuit over Minnesota's disputed U.S. Senate election. Republican Norm Coleman's lawyers rested their case yesterday, after more than five weeks of testimony. We get some perspective from a legal expert who's been following the trial.7:40 a.m.
New budget forecast just released The Minnesota budget deficit is expected to be $4.57 billion over the next two-year budget cycle, down from the previous estimate of $4.85 billion, according to state finance officials. MPR's Tom Scheck previews the announcement coming this morning.8:25 a.m.
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White House Spotlights Health Care
The White House this week turns its attention to a sweeping policy review on health care. President Obama will host a White House summit later this week on the health care system. On Monday, he nominated Kathleen Sebelius, the Democratic governor of Kansas, as his new secretary of health and human services.
Obama To Meet With British Prime Minister Brown
The global economic crisis tops the agenda as President Barack Obama meets with Britain's prime minister Tuesday. Gordon Brown is the first European leader to visit the new president. Brown will also address Congress during his U.S. visit.
Sri Lanka's Cricket Team Attacked In Pakistan
Officials say gunmen in east Pakistan opened fire on a vehicle carrying members of Sri Lanka's national cricket team. Several players were wounded and five police officers were killed. Security concerns have plagued Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams have refused to play there.
Applying Peace Corps Ideas To Hometown In Need
Mark Rembert and Taylor Stuckert decided to put aside work in the Peace Corps to see if they could help their own community of Wilmington, Ohio. They hatched a plan to try to get funding for an environmentally friendly project that they hope will put hundreds back to work.
Clinton: U.S. May Cooperate With Syria
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has kicked off two days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. In Egypt Monday, Clinton said the U.S. is determining what — if any — areas of cooperation and engagement are possible with Syria. Clinton has made clear that she wants to push for comprehensive Arab/Israeli peace — suggesting the U.S. may encourage the Israeli-Syrian track as well as the Israeli-Palestinian track.
White House: CIA Destroyed Interrogation Tapes
The Obama administration has revealed anti-terror memos from the Bush administration showing the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects.
Jailed Russian Tycoon On Trial For New Charges
Former Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky is on trial in Moscow for a second time. Supporters say Khordorkovsky's original arrest and conviction was political because of his opposition to the Kremlin. Two years before his scheduled release from a Siberian prison camp, he faces another 22 years in jail.
Calif. Prepares For More Drought Restrictions
California has declared a statewide water emergency in the face of a punishing three-year drought. It could result in some drastic conservation measures and water rationing over the coming months, stretching from California's farm belt to major coastal cities like Los Angeles.
Toyota Wants Japanese Government Loan
The world's leading automaker is asking its government for funding to help it through the recession. Toyota's financial services division has applied for a $2 billion loan with a Japanese government-backed bank. Toyota had been growing solidly before the U.S. financial crisis hit last year.
SEC Charges Retirement Home Operator With Fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging a major operator of retirement homes with a multi-million dollar fraud. The government says Oregon-based Sunwest Management deceived investors by mingling assets and presenting a false picture of financial health.