State still waiting for teacher candidates two years into alternative system More than two years after Minnesota lawmakers created easier ways for people to get into the teaching profession, the state is still waiting to license a single teacher under the effort. The problem: no organizations have applied for approval to start training under the alternative teacher licensure effort. That frustrates some people who see the program as a path into the classroom for teachers who are licensed in other states or professionals who want to switch careers.6:20 a.m.
Climatologist talks about the slow coming of spring MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about winter hanging on and a gradual spring warmup. Fittingly, Seeley forecasts snow for some parts of Minnesota.6:55 a.m.
Sequester Scorecard: A Month Later, Effects Still Up In Air
Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. In a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful as the government has begun cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.
Is The Company Behind Rodman's Korea Visit The Future Of Media?
Brooklyn-based Vice Media has gone from a small Canadian magazine to figuring out the holy grail of media: how to capture an international audience of aloof 18- to 24-year-olds. From magazines to the Web to film, Vice's CEO says, "We do it weirder, and we do it younger, and we do it in a different way and in a different voice."
Roger Ebert: More Than A Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down Guy
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday. He was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation. On Wednesday, he had announced on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer. Ebert was 70.
Jewishness On Display: 'Truth' By Way Of Discomfort
A new exhibit in Berlin's Jewish Museum is intentionally provocative. The point, one curator says, is to "get people talking about how they perceive Jews, particularly in Germany today." At the center of the controversy is a display in which a Jewish person sits inside a glass showcase and answers questions from visitors.
Researchers Question Obama's Motives For BRAIN Initiative
President Obama's announcement this week that he's launching the BRAIN Initiative generated widespread and enthusiastic media coverage. Researchers, however, are suggesting the initiative has more to do with politics and public relations than research.
Brain Scans Predict Who's Likely To Be A Repeat Offender
In research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists found brain scans can predict with startling accuracy the likelihood that criminals will run afoul of the law again. The results require serious legal and ethical debate before being introduced into the criminal justice system. David Greene talks to Kent Kiehl, a professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico and lead author of this mind research study.
Hewlett-Packard's Chairman Lane Steps Down
The computer maker's chairman Ray Lane has stepped down as executive chairman. He's been on thin ice with shareholders after his role in acquiring a business software company ended up hurting HP's bottom line.
Enron's Skilling Could Win Early Release From Prison
Former Enron CEO Jeffery Skilling could be released early from federal prison under a reduced sentencing agreement being considered at the Justice Department. Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in the energy trading giant's collapse
Colorado Farmers Scramble To Find Irrigation Water
Cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, leaving farmers to rent the water back to irrigate crops and raise cattle. During a drought, cities are reluctant to give up any of their reserves. With little irrigation water, farmers must plant less, hire fewer people and bank on crop insurance.