Pay equity law hailed 30 years later The average woman in the United States will earn about 77 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterparts. That may not sound that good. But the wage gap has closed in recent years, especially in Minnesota. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about that with Nina Rothchild, the former director of the Council on the Economic Status of Women.7:20 a.m.
Federal ethanol standard comes under new scrutiny Minnesota produced more than a billion gallons of ethanol last year, making it the fifth-largest ethanol maker in the country. Much of that production was spurred on by a federal requirement known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, which took effect in 2007, but is now coming under new scrutiny in Congress.7:25 a.m.
Number of snow days worries rural school districts over testing It was a tough winter across the state and for many rural Minnesota school districts that has resulted in numerous weather cancellations. While "snow day" may be one of the sweetest phrases any student can hear, they are a major headache for school administrators. Some school officials are worried that this winter's closures could end up hurting student scores on standardized testing this spring.7:45 a.m.
Expanding mass transit in east metro is a fight to catch up Proposals to help pay for expanding mass transit in the Twin Cities will be announced by state lawmakers later this week. East metro officials are watching the action very closely and have renewed efforts to advance their wish list of bus and rail lines.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
South Koreans Ignore Threats From The North
Despite weeks of escalating tension between North and South Korea, and increasingly bellicose threats from Pyongyang, life in South Korea continues as normal. Most people in the capital Seoul appear to think the issue has more to do with the political situation in North Korea then a military threat to them.
The 'Hard To Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments
One possible proposal in President Obama's budget would change the way Medicare patients pay for their care. It's been floated as a possible bipartisan compromise, but it's an idea with a long, controversial and unsuccessful history.
'Way Of The Knife' Explains CIA Shift From Spying To Killing
After a Senate investigation in 1975, the CIA moved away from assassinations and returned to its original mandate, spying. But as New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti explains in his new book, the Sept. 11 attacks led the CIA back to the business of manhunting.
'Trance': Not Danny Boyle's Best Work
Director Danny Boyle is best known for the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire. His latest film is called Trance. Critic Kenneth Turan says the film's overall coldness means there isn't anybody you care to identify with or any outcome you want to see.
Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies At 70
Annette Funicello, who was part of the original cast of the 1950's Disney television program, The Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday. She was 70 and had had multiple sclerosis for decades. Funicello also co-starred in several Disney beach party movies in the 1960's along with Frankie Avalon.
Louisville Triumphs Over Michigan 82-76
Louisville hasn't won the NCAA men's college basketball championship since 1986. They beat Michigan 82-76. Coach Rick Pitino added this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996. He's the first coach to win a championship at two schools.
Crowdsourcing Creativity At The Cinema
The Canon-sponsored Project Imaginat10n used social media to crowdsource images and ideas to produce five short films. It's an idea director Ron Howard says other artists would be foolish to ignore.
J.C. Penney CEO Johnson Is Forced Out
The retailer recruited Johnson from Apple to revitalize the company but since his arrival 18 months ago, business has only gotten worse. J.C. Penney has brought back Johnson's predecessor Myron Ullman to once again led the struggling retailer.
Demand Is High For Mexico's Magnificent Mangoes
Mexico says it is now the world's largest exporter of fresh mangoes. India still holds the No. 1 position in overall mango production. One out of every 20 mangoes consumed in the world now comes from Mexico.
BP Begins Its Defense Of 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
In New Orleans, BP has begun calling its first witnesses in a trial to determine who and what's to blame for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP likely will spend the next two weeks presenting its defense. Then the plaintiffs will have time to respond.