Former lawmakers analyze Session 2009 Minnesota state legislators have a lot to do in the next five weeks. The big deadline is May 18, that's when they are supposed to wrap up Session 2009. Along with the governor, legislators have to solve a $4.6 billion budget deficit that's projected over the next 2 years.7:40 a.m.
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Navy Kills Three Pirates While Freeing Captain
A special U.S. Navy operation freed Richard Phillips — the captain who was held captive by Somali pirates for five days off the east coast of Africa. U.S. Navy snipers shot to death three of the pirates on Sunday.
Attention Procrastinators: Wednesday Is Tax Day
The tax deadline of April 15th is on Wednesday. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman talks with Renee Montagne about last-minute advice for taxpayers. The two discuss what measures the IRS is taking this year to ease the stress on taxpayers who may have lost a job or are in danger of losing their house.
To Save Money, Airlines Grounding More Aircraft
The airline industry has always been a tough place to make money. In 2009, the industry expects to lose almost $5 billion. The weak economy means fewer people are flying and companies are sending less air freight. To save money, airlines are grounding more aircraft than at any time since 2001.
An Author Asks: 'Can Poetry Save The Earth?'
In his new book, Stanford professor John Felstiner presents poetry from dozens of English and American writers who have spoken passionately to — and for — the natural world. NPR's challenge to him: Pick the poem that could save the world, if everyone were to read it.
Thai Army Cracks Down On Protesters
Soldiers and anti-government protesters are doing battle in the streets of Thailand's capital. The clash marks a major escalation in Thailand's ongoing political crisis and comes a day after the country's ousted prime minister called for a revolution.
Mediators Help Families With Tough Choices Of Aging
Disputes over how to best care for aging parents can split apart families: Should Mom go into assisted living? Can we force Dad to hand over his car keys? A new option called senior mediation helps families negotiate these difficult situations and choices, and ensures that the voice of the senior is heard.
Catherine's Choice: To Plan A Death With Dignity
NPR Health Correspondent Dick Knox tells of the story of his friend and neighbor, Catherine Royce, who died recently — by choice. Catherine suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease, and as she became sicker, she decided to plan a deliberate death. It wasn't easy — some around her felt it was wrong. But Catherine wanted to die on her own terms.
Study: College Credit Card Debt Rises
A new study from college lender Sallie Mae shows that credit card debt among college students is up. USA Today reports that study shows that the average undergraduate carried more than $3,000 in credit card debt last year. That's the highest level since Sallie Mae began collecting this data in 1998.
Orders Pick Up At Ohio Tool And Die Company
Some data suggests there is some improvement in the economy. Company inventories have dropped sharply and new orders for manufactured goods rose in February for the first time in six months. The work has picked up at one tool and die company in Ohio.
Could Battery-Powered Riding Mowers Catch On?
Some see seated lawn mowers as an efficient way to cut the grass. Others find them to be a noisy and dirty intrusion. One company in Wisconsin is hoping to clean up the riding mower's image with a battery-powered model. Will consumers balk at the higher price?