Dayton, lawmakers likely to differ on plans to pay back schools Gov. Dayton hits the road this week to promote his budget plan, which proposes raising taxes to erase the state's budget deficit and increase funding for schools and economic development. Democrats in control of the House and Senate are set to release their budget outlines this week and one key spending difference will be in the area of education.6:45 a.m.
Health exchange billl heads to Gov. Dayton The bill establishing Minnesota's highly controversial health insurance exchange is about to become law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Stawicki, who's has been covering the long-running debate in Minnesota over the exchange as well as the health care overhaul.7:45 a.m.
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Wish For Obama Trip, Ignite Stalled Peace Talks
President Obama goes to Israel Wednesday — his first visit there as president. He'll also go to the West Bank. Obama's relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems shaky but many say he can nudge Israel in the direction its politicians fear to go.
Bioethics Panel Warns Against Anthrax Vaccine Testing On Kids
Anthrax has long been considered one of the most likely weapons a bioterrorist might use. Some researchers think the vaccine should be tested on children to find out if it would be safe to use in an attack. But a presidential bioethics commission says that first, researchers will have to show that children would face no more than "minimal risk."
U.S. Families Forced To Adjust To Women Going Off To War
Army reservist Jane Grimes took care of combat casualties in Iraq. But she had a second front to deal with back home: her teenage son said he'd never forgive her for leaving him alone. It's different when it's a mother that goes to war.
Historian Propels Connecticut To Claim 'First In Flight'
Gustave Whitehead, a German immigrant who lived in Bridgeport, Conn., was the first to fly a plane, according to one expert who examined a photo recently unearthed in a Bavarian museum. This claim has reignited a debate among researchers, and a fight with the Smithsonian.
Ex-Weapons Inspector In Iraq Hoped 'There Would Not Be A War'
On the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, Renee Montagne talks to Hans Blix, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector, who's mission in Iraq was ended by the invasion. The invasion's aim was to rid Iraq of its stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. But it turns out there were none.
Baghdad, A Decade Later
Ten years ago Tuesday, the aerial bombardment of Iraq began. It was the opening volley of a U.S.-led invasion that would topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. One of the questions is: Can Iraq's fragile democracy hold, as the region splits along sectarian lines?
2 Former CalPERS Officials Indicted For Fraud
Federal prosecutors have indicted the former CEO of the California Public Employees' Retirement System and a former fund board member on fraud charges. The two deny the charges, which culminate a federal investigation into alleged corruption by the two men.
Visual-Effects Firms Having Trouble Seeing Green Life of Pi won four Oscars, including one for visual effects. But the company that did much of its work, Rhythm & Hues, is bankrupt and up for auction. At a time when movies are increasingly depending on computer effects, why are the economics not holding up?
New Chinese Law: Filial Piety
Filial Piety is the ancient Chinese ethic of young people showing care and respect to their parents and older relatives. Starting this summer if kids don't pay enough attention to their folks, mom and dad can sue. Bloomberg News reports this is part of a broader law requiring kids to care for the elderly.
E.U. Tax Proposal On Cypriot Bank Deposits Riles Russia
There has been angry reaction in Russia and Cyprus to the E.U.'s proposal to seize nearly 10 percent of large deposits in Cypriot banks, and roughly 7 percent of smaller deposits. That would force Russian oligarchs and ordinary citizens to bear much of the cost of the bank bailout in Cyprus.