Many issues remain unfinished in final days of legislative session State lawmakers are saying they expect this to be the last full week of the 2012 session, but it's not clear if they will accomplish some of their key priorities. The list of unresolved issues is pretty long. They still haven't passed a bonding bill, a tax bill, or a game and fish bill. In addition, the Vikings stadium bill could consume most of the remaining oxygen before adjournment. Minnesota Public Radio Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire provides a look at the week ahead.7:20 a.m.
U of M opens up to open source textbooks Paying for textbooks is becoming such a burden for college students, that today the University of Minnesota is launching an online project to hunt down free textbooks to replace the pricey ink-and-paper versions. It's part of a national movement to cut the cost of textbooks.7:25 a.m.
VCU athletic director sole finalist for U of M job Virginia Commonwealth athletics director Norwood Teague is the only finalist for the open athletics director position at the University of Minnesota. Teague will meet with members of the search committee today. He turned VCU's basketball team around by making key hires. He's also known as a skilled fundraiser. Mary Jo Kane, co-chair of the U's search committee, spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:40 a.m.
Amy Senser jury selection begins today During the trial, jurors will consider the merits of three counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide against Senser stemming from a crash on the night of Aug. 23 last year.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Incumbent Sarkozy Faces French Presidential Runoff
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist challenger Francois Hollande will face off next month in a presidential runoff. Anti-immigrant candidate Marine Le Pen came in a surprisingly strong third place.
Germany Debates Fate Of State-Owned Banks
Unlike the United States, Germany never had a housing bubble. Its mortgage market is too tightly regulated. But some German banks did lose a lot of money in the financial crisis. The network of institutions called landesbanks have became a cautionary tale about risky investing.
Chicago Wants Longer School Day; Foes Want Details
Most Chicago public schools have less-than-six-hour school days — some of the shortest in the country. And many have no recess. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing to lengthen the day to at least seven hours. But critics say some crucial details are missing — especially, how much a longer school day would cost.
German Chemical Plant Fire Threatens Auto Backlog
A deadly fire and explosion at a German chemical plant has created big headaches for the global auto industry. The recent blast has resulted in a shortage of a chemical compound used in plastic fuel and brake lines. The chemical is hard to replace, and now automakers are scrambling to avoid major production disruptions.
In Bahrain, Protesters Kept Away From Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix over the weekend, but in a larger sense the winners were the race organizers. They managed to hold the race which was canceled last year by political unrest, which was part of the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Bill Law, of the British Broadcasting Corporation, talks to Steve Inskeep about the weekend's events in Bahrain.
Children With Autism Are Often Targeted By Bullies
A survey by the Interactive Autism Network found that nearly two-thirds of children with autism spectrum disorders have been bullied at some point. And it found that these kids are three times as likely as typical kids to have been bullied in the past month.
Nestle To Buy Pfizer's Infant-Nutrition Line
Swiss food and drink giant Nestle announced a deal Monday to acquire Pfizer Inc.'s infant-nutrition business for $11.85 billion in a bid to boost sales in emerging markets. Before the announcement, Nestle already had the largest share of the global baby-formula market at just under 20 percent.
Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry
Homes sales are still weak and prices in many cities continue to fall. Overall, the housing market remains in the doldrums. But first-time buyers are returning, one signal that the worst may be over.
As N.C. Textile Jobs Fade, Denim Brightens Raleigh
In its heyday, the textile industry employed 40 percent of North Carolina's work force. Now that employment number is less than 2 percent. But Raleigh Denim has found a way to thrive in North Carolina by making blue jeans the old-fashioned way.