Dueling gun bills create rift in Minnesota House The chief sponsor of a bill that would require universal background checks for gun buyers is not backing down, despite signs the measure doesn't have enough support to pass the House. A bipartisan group of lawmakers will announce today a separate gun bill that does not include universal background checks. The dispute is creating a rift between two powerful DFL legislators.6:40 a.m.
Dayton says tax plan intended to force businesses to pay fair share Mark Dayton's gubernatorial campaign called for higher taxes on wealthy Minnesotans. He said then and now that they need to pay their fair share. Dayton speaks about his ambitious sales tax plan in similar terms - that it is intended to force businesses to pay their fair share. While the governor insists average Minnesotans would not get stuck with the bill, many are skeptical.6:50 a.m.
Somali deportations resume after government gets U.S. recognition The U.S. officially recognized Somalia's government for the first time in two decades earlier this year, and it is now deporting Somalis again, starting with sex offenders and other felons. Deportations had been suspended for many years while the country had no functioning government.7:20 a.m.
Job recovery nearly complete but recession's effects linger Job recovery in Minnesota is further along than thought. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has issued revisions to the state's job numbers going back almost two years. The new numbers suggest that in another month or two, Minnesota's payroll levels will return to their pre-recessionary peak.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Venezuelans Mourns Late President Hugo Chavez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died Tuesday at age 58, was an ally of dictators like Cuba's Fidel Castro and loudly opposed the United States. Chavez claimed capitalism was destroying the world and tried to transform Venezuela into a socialist state.
Expats: Chavez's Death Liberates Venezuelans
While Hugo Chavez was in power, tens of thousands of Venezuelans fled their homeland and rebuilt their lives in South Florida. Expatriate Maria Diaz says it is too early to predict what will happen now in her native country.
Presidential Runoff Expected In Kenya
In Kenya, questions have been raised about the presidential election process. The ballot count has been very slow, and hundreds of thousands of ballots have been rejected. It appears there will have to be a runoff.
For Midwife, 71, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old
Sometimes you can't retire even if you want to. For Dian Sparling, a nurse midwife, there's no one to take over her practice. But at 71, delivering babies on call is harder than it used to be. "It would be horrible if I had to do this and stay up all night and I didn't love what I do," she says.
A Chicago Bridge Gets A Complicated Overhaul
The Wells Street drawbridge carries cars, buses, bikes, pedestrians and elevated trains across the Chicago River. Half of the 91-year-old bridge will be replaced in just nine days. The project is so complex that one Chicago transportation official compares it to open heart surgery.
Deciphering Hidden Biases During Interviews
Research suggests the timing of an applicant's interview, whether it's for a job or admittance to a school, may determine the outcome of that interview. A new study shows that interviewers who have seen a string of strong candidates are more likely to view the next applicant negatively.
Financial Markets Rally After Dow's Record Close
Stocks in Japan and Australia hit highs not seen in more than four years after Tuesday's big rally on Wall Street. The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an all-time high — topping a record set in the fall of 2007, just before the financial crisis hit.
Martha Stewart Testifies About J.C. Penney Deal
Martha Stewart took the stand Tuesday in a lawsuit that involves her company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Macy's and J.C. Penney Co. Macy's is suing J.C. Penney and Stewart's company for breach of contract.
Digital Locks Limit Access To Copyrighted Works
Owning a copy of a movie or a piece of music doesn't mean what it used to mean. You have it for good on your digital device, but you can't sell it or give it away the way you could with a DVD or LP. And, the phone you may be watching or listening on is similarly out of your control.