Latest online test problems investigated We're in the middle of assessment testing season for schools in Minnesota. And if that doesn't make students and teachers nervous enough, glitches over the past couple of weeks have caused problems with some online testing. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's education reporter Tim Post, who reported yesterday that a number of school districts have had problems with online assessment tests.7:20 a.m.
Klobuchar pleased with Senate vote on FAA furloughs The U.S. Senate has passed a measure that would help the FAA avoid flight delays caused by staffing furloughs among air traffic controllers. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the deal is important to Minnesota, especially because of the Delta hub at Minneapolis St. Paul International Aiport.7:45 a.m.
Mourners Pack Arena To Honor Victims Of Texas Explosion
Nearly 10,000 mourners jammed the basketball arena on the campus of Baylor University to honor the men who died fighting a fertilizer fire last week. At least 14 people died in the explosion in the little town of West just north of Waco.
Presidents Overlook Differences At Bush Center Opening
All five living presidents were together in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, for the opening of the George W. Bush presidential library and museum. The new $250 million library is on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
Exploring Coffee's Past To Rescue Its Future
Today's commercial coffee production is based on only a tiny slice of the genetic varieties that have grown since prehistoric times. And that's a problem, because it leaves the world's coffee supply vulnerable to shocks like climate change, or the leaf rust currently ravaging Latin American coffee farms.
Spain To Unveil Economic Overhaul Plan
Spain's jobless rate has exceeded even the most dire predictions. As Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy prepares to release a slate of economic changes, Spaniards are hoping he will heed their calls for mercy after years of budget cuts and austerity.
FAA Expected To Gain Flexibility On Budget Cuts
The Senate has passed a bill to give the Department of Transportation more flexibility in how it makes the mandatory cuts of the sequester. Hundreds of flights were delayed this week after the FAA furloughed air traffic controllers, setting off a political storm.
As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back
Lawmakers are considering a measure that would offer legal protection to groups that trap, sterilize and return feral cats to their colonies. But wildlife groups and some homeowners say the cats are a threat to public health — and to other animals.
Samsung Rings Up Sales
Samsung announced Friday its first quarter profit is at a record high — net profit surged 42 percent. The company has now seen six straight quarters of growth, thanks to strong smartphone sales. On Saturday, it's launching a new smartphone in the U.S. — the Galaxy S4.
Can You Hear Me Now? Cellphone Satellites Phone Home
Never mind the big-budget NASA satellites. A team of young engineers has tricked out a few off-the-shelf cellphones and sent them to space. The smartphones are already above us, sending images and data back to ham radio operators on Earth.
Senate Moves To Update Federal Online Privacy Laws
The long-promised update to the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act is moving through Congress. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would make the police get a warrant before peeking at your old emails and anything else you store online. The House is moving in the same direction.
Marathon Beer Proceeds To Go To Bombing Victims
Boston Beer Company has sponsored the marathon for years — even brewing a special beer for the event: 26.2 Brew. The company says it's going to donate all 2013 proceeds of that beer to a local charity that helps families touched by the tragedy.