Budget vote and a break in store for lawmakers The Minnesota legislature is facing a busy day today but also a very short week. Members of the House and Senate will head home for their traditional Easter and Passover holiday break after voting on a budget cutting bill.7:20 a.m.
Excise tax has local medical device makers concerned The new health care law will bring a raft of changes to the medical industry, including an excise tax on many medical devices, and the tax is causing a lot of consternation in one of Minnesota's most prominent industries.7:25 a.m.
Residential housing growth declines in Twin Cities New numbers don't appear to offer much joy to people in the Twin Cities hoping to curb sprawl and encourage smart growth. New numbers show residential housing is increasing in many central cities across the country while the rate is declining in Minneapolis and St. Paul.7:45 a.m.
Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest.8:25 a.m.
Target Field -- how's the food? The Twins' move across town to Target Field is providing an opportunity for Twin Cities restaurants to reach a new audience. Along with traditional stadium fare, the new ballpark also features different and more upscale choices.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Suicide Blasts Kill Dozens Of Russian Commuters
In Moscow, dozens of people are dead in a double suicide attack on the city's crowded subway system. It's the worst attack on the capital in six years. The blasts took place during morning rush hour and were about 40 minutes apart. Freelance journalist Jessica Gollaher talks to Renee Montagne about the attacks.
Obama Presses Karzai To Root Out Corruption
President Obama made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan over the weekend. He arrived Sunday and spent less than six hours on the ground in Kabul, and at Bagram Air Force Base. In the Afghan capital, he met with President Karzai and other leaders, pressing an agenda of change for the Karzai government.
Health Care Overhaul Boosts Pelosi's Clout
With the passage of the measure to overhaul health care, Nancy Pelosi's speakership is being touted as one of the most accomplished and effective. She has earned great praise and admiration from friends and opponents alike — but it comes at a cost.
Arizona To Close Parks, Rest Stops To Save Cash
A budget crisis in Arizona has led the state to cut millions out of the state park and transportation budgets. Thirteen parks are scheduled to be shut down by the end of this month; and 13 rest stops already have been closed. The moves have many in Arizona saying the state is shooting itself in the foot — tourism dollars flow into rural Arizona with visits to many of these parks. And visitors, as well as locals, decry the loss of rural restrooms.
Pritzker Prize Goes To Japan's SANAA Duo
The Pritzker Architecture Prize usually goes to one architect. This year — for only the second time — the prize has gone to two: Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, of the firm SANAA. They're known for buildings that try to break down barriers between outside and inside — and between people.
Are We Overselling The Sunshine Vitamin?
Some preliminary studies link vitamin D to health benefits, and increasingly doctors are suggesting that patients with low levels should take supplements. But some doctors warn that there isn't enough concrete evidence to prove that the vitamin helps reduce the risk of disease.
Hypertension: A Growing But Often Hidden Problem
Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has hypertension, which puts a person at risk for strokes and heart disease. Yet a recent report found that high blood pressure is undiagnosed and uncontrolled in 85 percent of people who see doctors regularly.
China Sentences 4 Rio Tinto Employees To Jail
A Chinese court sentenced four employees of mining giant Rio Tinto with jail terms of seven to 14 years on bribery and commercial secrets charges. The judge said the crimes committed by the four had caused major losses to the Chinese steel industry.
Finding A Job Is Hard For Even The Most Educated
Although the unemployment rate for college graduates is less than half that of high school grads, many say finding a job with a college degree is still tough in this economy. Some college graduates are also taking lower paying jobs or staying in jobs that are not a good fit.
Helicopter Company Speeds N.Y. Commuters
During the financial crisis, traveling by helicopter dropped sharply. Liberty Helicopters is launching a commuter service from New Jersey to New York. For $100 one way, busy commuters can avoid tiresome traffic on the ground, and instead zip over the vehicles to and from work.