Lawmakers trim $300M from state budget Minnesota lawmakers have approved bills
that would eliminate about one-third of the state's $1 billion budget deficit, and cut Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed reductions to local government aid in half.7:20 a.m.
Stillwater mayor on bridge closure Rising waters on the St. Croix River will force the Stillwater lift bridge to close today. For the more than 16,000 cars and trucks that cross the bridge each day, the Minnesota Department of Transportation recommends detouring south to the Interstate 94 bridge at Hudson or north to the Highway 243 bridge at Osceola.7:25 a.m.
For Obama, Signing Health Bill Only First Step
President Obama celebrates a hard-won victory Tuesday when he signs landmark health care legislation. But he's not quite finished with health care yet: In months to come, Obama will be selling the overhaul to a skeptical public.
Health Care Firms See Mixed Blessing In Overhaul
The health care bill promises to fundamentally change the competitive landscape for many U.S. businesses. Although many will now face higher taxes and more regulation, there's also a big upside: They'll gain access to millions of new customers.
Two States, Wildly Different Pension Systems
Both Kansas and Nebraska are big, windy farm states known for fiscal conservatism. But Kansas has one of the most underfunded pension systems in the country, while Nebraska has managed its fund quite well. How did these two states wind up in such different places?
Athletes Vie For Spots On Snowshoe Team
With spring just around the corner, hard-core road runners, bicyclists and other devoted athletes are starting to hit the streets. But where have they been spending the winter? Some of them have been strapping on snowshoes, and competing for a spot on the national snowshoe team.
Bump For Cash: Phones As Virtual Wallets
The use of mobile phones to exchange money is a main theme at this week's wireless industry conference in Las Vegas. Last week, PayPal introduced an iPhone app that lets users pay for items by tapping their handset against another phone.
Senate Prepares For Banking Bill Battle
The Senate Banking Committee approved an overhaul of banking regulations Monday. The move would create a consumer financial protection bureau under the Federal Reserve and require banks to pay into a fund that could bail out failing firms. Republicans say they will take their fight against the proposals to the Senate floor.
Officials Prep Laid-Off Auto Workers For Job Hunt
When a once-storied joint venture between automakers GM and Toyota closes April 1, nearly 5,000 workers in Fremont, Calif., will be out of a job. Unemployment in this area is already high, so county officials are using federal funds to help the workers brush up their job skills.
In China, Mixed Reaction To Google's Decision
Google has moved its China-based search service to Hong Kong and lifted censorship in China. Chinese Internet users are calling it G-Day, the moment of reckoning when Google finally turned words into action. China's official response was angry.
Google's China Move Could Yield Benefits
Google has moved operations for its Chinese search engine to Hong Kong. Earlier this year, the company announced it no longer wanted to operate under the Chinese government's censorship policies. Google's decision is a risky move but may also have benefits for the tech giant.