Tax bills set agenda at Capitol DFLers in the Minnesota House and Senate are expected to unveil tax bills this week that spell out which taxes they want to raise as part of their plans to erase a projected $4.6 billion budget deficit.7:20 a.m.
Local governments spending more on lobbyists Democrats in the House and Senate are scheduled to release their tax bills this week, and a lot of people will be looking to see how those bills impact local governments. Many of them will be lobbyists -- lobbyists who are paid with taxpayer money.7:25 a.m.
Saberi caught up in Iranian politics Iran's president has weighed in on the case of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. He's asking the general prosecutor in Tehran to make sure she gets a fair appeal of her 8 year prison sentence on spying.7:35 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
The Past Complicates Iraq's Efforts To Move On
Iraqi leaders are calling for reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites, and U.S. forces are trying to help. While some in Iraq may want to live together, many say they are unwilling and unable to forget the bloody past.
For Some, L.A.'s Skid Row Is For Beginnings
Skid Row, the area on the fringe of downtown Los Angeles, has always catered to the down and out. Today, the homeless, the business community and a growing population of permanent residents are learning to coexist.
Why Accidents (The Pregnant Kind) Happen
More than half the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. Experts say a combination of a cultural mindset, lack of access to medical care and something known as "magical thinking" contribute to these numbers. But from birth control rings to shots to patches, there are more options than ever for avoiding unplanned pregnancy.
Embryo Debate Raised In An IVF Treatment
New research from Finland suggests that when using in vitro fertilization, pregnancies can be achieved by implanting only one embryo. American fertility specialists are implanting more than one embryo. Why do they do that, and will the practice change.
South Korean Blogger Acquitted
A South Korean blogger was cleared Monday of spreading false information in a case that sparked debate over freedom of speech in cyberspace. Park Dae-sung used the pseudonym "Minerva" after the Roman goddess of wisdom. He predicted sharp falls in the Korean stock market and the collapse of the U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers.
'Fair Trade' Markets Growing Quickly
Companies which observe "fair trade" practices buy raw materials from suppliers that meet certain environmental and labor standards. Alan Beattie is the world trade editor at the Financial Times. He tells Renee Montagne that some companies that package coffee and some that make chocolate, buy beans only from growers who use environmentally friendly practices and pay their workers fair wages.
Britton Wins World Barista Championship
After three jittery days of competition, the 10th Annual World Barista Championship selected its winner on Sunday. Baristas from 52 countries vied to make the best espresso, cappuccino and a signature drink. The winner is Gwilym Davies of the United Kingdom.
After Summit, Obama Takes On Domestic Issues
President Obama is back in Washington, after a four-day trip that took him to Latin America and a summit of Western Hemisphere leaders in Trinidad. Meanwhile, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are ending their recess.
Pushing For Better Health Care, One Story At A Time
The Virginia Organizing Project is working to mobilize people to lobby for more affordable health care. Health care reform is on President Obama's priority list, but one organizer says it's not just who's in the White House that matters, it's people raising "the level of fuss."