Accountability of Minn.'s Medicaid is latest dustup in long fight Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will testify before a joint congressional hearing Wednesday about accountability in Minnesota's Medicaid program in a controversy that is only the latest in a long line of skirmishes between states and the federal government over Medicaid funding.6:20 a.m.
MN Senate OKs hunting and fishing fee hikes The Minnesota Senate today passed a game and fish bill that would increase license fees for the first time in nearly 12 years, but it does not move up the start of this year's fishing season.6:55 a.m.
Peter Smith: Familiar species invade Twin Cities Outdoor enthusiasts often want lawmakers at the State Capitol to find money to help fight invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels. Meanwhile, Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith has discovered that here in the Twin Cities, we're being invaded by a few species that are really "old familiar friends."7:45 a.m.
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Obama Tries To Charm Youth Vote With College Stops
President Obama will be touting a plan to keep student loans more affordable. The trip is billed as official business, but it has a political flavor. There will be stops in North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa — all of which are expected to be hard-fought battlegrounds in November.
Preparing For A Future That Includes Aging Parents
Nearly 10 million adult children are caring for aging parents today, according to a study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute. But, while aging is inevitable, planning for the costs associated with dependency in the latter phase of life doesn't come easily to most Americans.
New Rule Cracks Down On Bear Poaching In New York
Black bear body parts are harvested all over the world, used in Asian medicine and cooking. Until this year, New York was one of a few states where the trade was unregulated. Wildlife biologists say the lack of oversight made it impossible to track how many animals were being killed and butchered illegally.
'Convention' Of Convicted Terrorists At N.Y. Trial
The focus of the trial is Adis Medunjanin and the role he allegedly played in a 2009 plot to bomb New York City subways. But the trial itself is a milestone: It's the first time the people dispatched to carry out al-Qaida plots are being heard in open court. One terrorism expert called it a "convention of terrorism suspects."
U.S. Military Wages Battle Against Misconduct
The recent scandals surrounding the behavior of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is prompting some soul-searching within the military. After a decade of war, leaders are seeking ways to ensure that troops uphold proper standards of conduct.
Facebook's Profits Slide Ahead Of IPO
Weeks ahead of its initial public offering, Facebook released its first quarter profits Monday, and they are down 12 percent from a year ago. At the same time, company expenses have nearly doubled. Facebook attributes some of that to market expansion, which requires more employees and infrastructure.
Ex-Iceland Leader Found Guilty In Banking Crisis
Former Prime Minister Geir Haarde was the first leader to be put on trial for his role in the global financial crisis. Renee Montagne talks to Michael Stothard, a correspondent for the Financial Times, about Haarde being found guilty of negligence for his handling of the financial crisis. He was cleared of three other charges.
GM To Add 600 Chinese Dealerships In 2012
In the last decade, Chinese auto sales have exploded, driven by rising incomes and intense demand. GM's expansion would bring the number of dealerships up to 3,500 in China. And that's not too far off the 4,400 dealerships it has in the United States.
Victoria Beckham Announces Posh Ride
Victoria Beckham has teamed up with Range Rover to produce a special edition Evoque luxury SUV. The former Spice Girl, married to soccer star David Beckham, has designed fashion lines before, but says this is her first foray into automobiles.