Dayton keeps up 'fair share' tax talk in Duluth Gov. Mark Dayton held a town hall meeting before a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people in Duluth last night, to make the case for a budget plan that includes a tax hike on the wealthy and spending in education and other programs.6:55 a.m.
DFL's plan to cut health, human services spending comes as surprise With Minnesota House and Senate Democrats proposing $2 billion in new taxes to erase the budget deficit and spend more on schools, economic development and other state services, one area -- health and human services -- is getting left out. In fact, DFLers propose a spending cut.7:20 a.m.
Snow and rain improve farming outlook The start of spring means the crop planting season is not far away. While the two-year drought is a worry, there have been signs of hope recently. Increased precipitation has helped boost farmers' outlook for this year's crop.7:25 a.m.
Background checks at gun shows expected in revamped Minn. House bill After a key lawmaker abandoned his push for universal background checks for gun buyers, House DFLers are now crafting a bill to expand background checks to private sales that occur at gun shows. Lawmakers say the revamped bill will also include provisions that are popular with Republicans and more conservative Democrats. The bill is scheduled for a hearing Thursday night.7:45 a.m.
Obama's 1st Day In Israel Was Rich In Symbolism
Moments after touching down Wednesday, he toured an anti-missile battery, symbolizing the U.S.-backed Iron Dome system that's helped Israel repel hundreds of rocket attacks. Before his meeting with Palestinian leaders Thursday, Obama was to make another symbolic visit, to an Israeli museum.
Why Cyprus Matters
When you add up all the country's banks, they don't even match the 30th largest bank in the U.S. But people all over the world have good reason to be freaked out over what's happened there this week.
Colo. Prison Head Gunned Down At His Home
The head of Colorado's state prison system was shot and killed this week when he answered the front door at his home in Monument. The incident happened just hours before Colorado's governor signed strict new gun-control measures into law.
On Its 7th Birthday, Is Twitter Still The 'Free Speech Party'?
The first tweet was posted seven years ago. Since then, the social media site has been used as a free speech platform to spread information, report on the Arab Spring and stay connected with millions worldwide. But critics say that as Twitter has grown, it has sometimes compromised its principles.
Bracket Frenzy Moves Beyond College Basketball
March madness means NCAA brackets, along with brackets for practically everything else, from Star Wars characters to grooming products to public radio shows. What makes brackets so appealing?
South Korea Investigates Cyberattack
South Korea was hit by a cyberattack Wednesday that took out the systems at the country's banks and television networks. More than 30,000 computers went down. An initial investigation shows a Chinese Internet address was the source of the attack.
In China, Treasury's Lew Discusses Cybersecurity, Yuan
Steve Inskeep talks to Richard McGregor of the Financial Times about Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's trip to China. He bought a long list of economic agenda items to his meetings with top officials, ranging from cyberwarfare to China's currency controls.
Marmite No Longer In Short Supply In New Zealand
Marmageddon is the term coined by the media to describe the shortage of Marmite in New Zealand, which resulted after the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch damaged the country's only Marmite factory. After many delays, the factory has reopened. Love it or hate it, the dark brown spread made from yeast extract is back on store shelves.