Senate DFLers to roll out tax bill this week Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are planning to roll out a tax bill this week that will show in detail how they plan to erase a projected $627 million budget deficit and pay for new spending. Tim Pugmire discussed the week ahead with Morning Edition host Matt Sepic.7:20 a.m.
Ex-aide to Bachmann prepares to give evidence on alleged payments For most of last year's presidential candidates, the election ended on Nov. 6 or earlier. Not for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Last week, one of the Republican lawmaker's closest former political advisers, Andy Parrish, said he would provide evidence that the campaign made secret payments to an Iowa state senator.7:25 a.m.
Como Zoo & Conservatory reaches milestone in 10-year expansion The 100-year-old Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul has opened a new $2.8 million wing, and visitors got their first look over the weekend. The completion of the wing leaves just one more phase in a project that has taken a decade to complete.8:24 a.m.
Battening down in Fargo-Moorhead as possible record flood looms Flood preparations will move into high gear this week in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Construction crews and volunteers will build emergency sandbag dikes and earthen levees as the communities prepare once again for a possible record Red River flood.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Many Questions Remain About Boston Bombing Case
With the marathon bombing suspect captured and in the hospital, Boston is returning to a new kind of normal. Questions remain about how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be investigated. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is asking everyone in his state to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. Monday.
Plant Explosion Unites Small Texas Community
In West, Texas, investigators are trying to find out what caused the fire and subsequent explosion at a fertilizer plant last week. Meanwhile, the small town is mourning those killed — most of them first responders.
How Coffee Brings The World Together
Coffee is social stimulant, solitary pleasure, intellectual catalyst. It also connects us to far corners of the globe. From small specialty farms in Guatemala to large, industrial operations in Brazil and unexpected corners of the world, like Vietnam, the world's morning cup of joe makes quite a journey.
Gangs Scrutinized After Colo. Correction Chief's Murder
Investigators trying to unravel the murder of Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements seem to find many of the threads leading back to the 211 Crew. That's a white supremacist gang in Colorado's prisons. While a direct connection is still elusive, the evidence so far raises questions about the group, and the extent of their reach.
Young Adults With Autism Can Thrive In High-Tech Jobs
Finding a job is hard enough for recent graduates, but for those on the autism spectrum the search can be even harder. One training program in Texas is helping these young people prepare for jobs in the tech industry.
Scammers Find Fertile Ground In Health Law
Law enforcement agencies are reporting an increase in health insurance scams across the country. Many of the scammers seem to be preying on the public's confusion over the massive changes taking place in the nation's health care system.
Boeing 787 Problems May Be Fixed Soon
Engineers are beginning to repair some of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner planes. They're installing new batteries — ones that hopefully don't overheat. In other business news, the solar energy firm Power-One Inc.has been sold to the Swiss industrial group ABB.
This Building Is Supergreen. Will It Be Copied?
The Bullitt Foundation's new Seattle headquarters, billed as the world's "greenest" building, is designed to be entirely self-sustaining. The developers hope it can inspire others to build this way.
Solar Industry Reaches Milestone
For the first time ever, all of the new electricity generation added to the nation's power grid in the month of March came from solar installations. That's according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's monthly report on new power sources.
Should Bombing Suspect Be Treated As An Enemy Combatant?
There are many outstanding issues surrounding the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Perhaps one of the most perplexing is how he will be treated by the legal system.What are the legal issues that could influence Tsarnaev's fate?