Health care reform -- what a difference an election makes President Barack Obama signed health care reform into law one year ago today. But the partisan divide over the issue may be more heated now than it was then. When it comes to carrying out the law's policies in Minnesota, that party divide has also had an obvious impact.7:25 a.m.
For gun offenders, police want sentences to send tough message In part two of MPR News' investigation into gun violence in Minneapolis, we talk to a gun offender now serving time. Law enforcement officials are taking steps to try to reduce gun violence, and keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons.7:40 a.m.
Analysis of numbers hard to see in GOP budget cuts Republicans in the Minnesota House are moving forward with a budget plan that they say erases the state's $5 billion projected deficit through spending reductions. But some of their proposals are sketchy on details, and Democrats say the savings may not add up.8:42 a.m.
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Blasts Hit Tripoli, Easing Gadhafi's Hold On Power
A defiant Moammar Gadhafi appeared on state television in Libya Tuesday night, rallying supporters from inside his military compound. Meanwhile, more explosions and anti-aircraft fire were heard in Tripoli just before sunrise. The coalition strikes have been damaging buildings as well as the Libyan leader's grip on power.
U.S. General Leading Libya Effort 'Follows Trouble'
Gen. Carter Ham is leading the military operations just 10 days after he took over U.S. Africa Command. He is used to tough assignments: Prior to Libya, he assessed the impact of gays and lesbians serving openly in the military; before that, he investigated the deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.
Creating Calm In Chicago's Schools
An $18 million effort launched by Chicago Public Schools seeks to counter the culture of violence in homes and neighborhoods with what it's calling a "Culture of Calm." The program has changed everything from conflict resolution to the way students enter the building.
Japan Declines Most Offers Of Relief Aid
In the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, donations to relief organizations have topped $130 million. The amount is not as large as money raised for other disasters, but Japan has declined many offers. Out of 102 offers for help from different countries, the Japanese government only accepted 15.
First Eyes Inside Nuclear Plant May Be A Robot's
Workers in Japan want to look inside three troubled reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. But intense radiation inside the buildings means that it is too dangerous for them to enter. One solution? Robots. They're good at going places where people just don't want to go. And they could be at the site in a matter of days.
As Health Law Turns 1, Debate Far From Settled
Supporters of the health care overhaul want to make it unrepealable and say public support for it will grow as its benefits become more tangible. Opponents are focused on keeping the law unpopular until Election Day 2012.
Supreme Court Weighs Rights Of 'Deadbeat' Parents
The case before the court Wednesday comes from South Carolina, where Michael Turner was jailed for a year for failing to pay child support. He argues that he couldn't afford to pay, and that sending indigent parents to jail without providing them with a lawyer is a modern form of debtors' prison.
'Just In Time' Manufacturing Tested By Japan Crisis
Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster have become one of the biggest tests ever for "just in time" manufacturing. That's the practice of having parts delivered just when they're needed instead of carrying large, costly inventories at assembly plants. Since the disasters, parts have been hard to come by.
Google Hits A Snag In Digitizing World's Books
Google has been scanning millions of books from libraries around the world. Some are called orphan works because it's hard to find the author but the books are still covered by copyright laws. Google and the Author's Guild reached an agreement on orphan works but a judge has nixed the deal.
Obama Letter Could Sell For $10,000 At Auction
A couple years ago, "Tim" heard about the bonuses AIG executives received after being bailed out with government money. In a fit of anger, he faxed a note to the White House titled "To anyone with common sense." To his surprise, he received a handwritten letter from the president. That letter is up for auction in Miami.