Race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat too close to call Wisconsin's fight over union rights came to
a head at the polls as voters split almost evenly over whether to re-elect a conservative-leaning justice or give his little-known opponent his seat on the state Supreme Court.7:23 a.m.
Community college rocket team ready for NASA contest Inver Hills Community College isn't known for rocket science, but a team of 15 students from the school in Inver Grove Heights is ready to put their rocket up against engineering powerhouses like MIT and Purdue University.7:45 a.m.
Minneapolis-based organization aids in Ivory Coast's refugee crisis Fighting in Ivory Coast has already forced nearly one hundred thousand people to flee into neighboring Liberia. The refugee situation there is dire, with food and shelter in scarce supply. The Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee (ARC) is in Liberia working with the refugees.8:45 a.m.
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Trouble in Yemen Could Give Al-Qaida New Opening
Protesters are demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down, but U.S. counterterrorism officials say that if the president does indeed fall and Yemen dissolves into chaos, that could be bad news for the fight against terrorism.
In Tsunami's Wake, Tough Choices For Japan's Elderly
The government must soon decide whether to rebuild some two-dozen destroyed seaside cities and towns in the northeast, or move the residents to higher ground elsewhere. Relocation, if it happens, will be hardest on the elderly. Some say they just want to go back to their hometowns — which, in many cases, no longer exist.
Italian PM Berlusconi A No-Show As Sex Trial Begins
Neither the 74-year-old prime minister nor the young woman involved showed up in court Wednesday, and the judge ruled it an unexcused absence. The trial, dubbed Rubygate, will resume May 31. The prosecution intends to show a sordid side of the conservative politician, while Berlusconi insists he is the victim of a leftist plot to topple him from power.
At 40, 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' Still Belongs
The 1971 single that launched John Denver's career almost never was. Songwriter Bill Danoff recalls how he hesitated to play the song for Denver when the singer visited his Washington, D.C., apartment. The chart-topper became the unofficial anthem of West Virginia.
Tina Brown's Must-Reads: How Places Shape People
The Newsweek editor highlights a book and a pair of articles that turn on the effect of particularly unique places on people — from the sensibilities of an NYPD officer to two countries in the Middle East pushed to the brink by their leaders.
A League By Any Other Name: The Big National?
Why do almost all groups of pro sports teams call themselves "leagues" — but colleges call them "conferences"? And too many of them also call themselves "Big." Maybe it's time for the Big 10 and Big 12 to think up new names for themselves.
Florida Pastor Does Not Plan To Burn More Qurans
Terry Jones made headlines last year when he announced — and then called off — plans to publicly burn a copy of the Muslim holy book. But on March 20, he actually did it — and though it drew little media attention at the time, it's since sparked protests in Afghanistan that have claimed 20 lives.
Obama On Budget Negotiations: No Time For Games
The government faces a shutdown this weekend if Democrats and Republicans can't reach agreement on the current federal budget. And while the White House and Congressional leaders jousted over a few million dollars, GOP Rep. Paul Ryan offered up a proposal to trim more than $4 trillion out of next year's budget.
California Gov. Seeks Public Vote On Tax Increases
California Gov. Jerry Brown has broken off budget talks with the state Legislature, rekindling fears that the state will not be able to back away from the fiscal abyss. John Myers of member station KQED has details.
Dead Heat In Wis. Supreme Court Race
Tuesday's election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court judge is seen as a test of sentiment over the Republican governor's recent law stripping public employees unions of collective bargaining rights. The conservative-leaning incumbent is locked in a dead heat with his more liberal challenger — who, supporters believe, might vote to strike down the law when legal challenges reach the state's high court.