Week ahead at the Minnesota Legislature DFLers in the Minnesota House will release a tax bill Monday morning that could help provide property tax relief to Minnesota homeowners. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck looks ahead to the coming week at the Minnesota Capitol.7:20 a.m.
Cold, wet weather slows spring planting In many parts of the state, this spring's cold, wet weather is delaying the start of the planting season for Minnesota farmers. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Wayne Schoper, an extension educator for Brown and Nicollet counties.7:50 a.m.
Why are grocery prices going up? With food prices soaring around the globe, the head of the University of Minnesota's Food Industry Center talks about the factors behind the rising cost of food.7:55 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the upcoming meeting of the Federal Reserve and other economic news.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Justice Scalia, the Great Dissenter, Opens Up
"I'm an originalist and a textualist, not a nut," the Supreme Court justice says in a rare interview. He breaks down why he believes it is important to "destroy" wrong opinions and why he won't be John McCain's running mate.
Why Do We Borrow So Much?
In 1982, Americans saved more than 11 percent of their disposable income. The personal savings rate dropped to just 0.4 percent last year. An economist blames easy credit — and how we think about money.
Justin Townes Earle: Sobering Up to Music
The Nashville singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is trying to make his own career in music. But it comes with some history: His father is the outspoken Steve Earle, and at 25, Justin has already fought off a powerful drug habit that nearly killed him.
U.S.-Protected Iranian Exiles in Limbo in Iraq
Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States has protected Camp Ashraf, home to more than 3,000 members of a cult-like exiled Iranian opposition group. They don't want to return to Iran, but Iraqi officials don't want the group there, and no other countries will accept them.
Efforts to Return Exiles to Iran Problematic
The government of Iran is closely watching the fate of the Iranian opposition group living at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. Although the government views the group as a threat, some Iranians see the situation differently. An Iranian NGO is trying to help them return to Iran.
Rev. Wright: I'm Descriptive, Not Divisive
Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor got a standing ovation Sunday night at an annual NAACP dinner in Detroit. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright talked to the crowd of roughly 12,000 people about cultural differences between blacks and whites and the changes needed to heal the nation.
Mars Aims to Buy Wrigley for Nearly $23 Billion
The chocolate candy company Mars plans to buy the gum company Wrigley for nearly $23 billion. The deal will bring many of the most famous names in candy under one corporate roof, and it'll end Wrigley's 117-year history as an independent family-owned company.
Retailers Hope to Get a Piece of Taxpayer Rebates
Taxpayers this week will start receiving payments from the federal government that are supposed to help stimulate the weakening economy. Some stores are offering special deals to consumers who swap their payments for gift cards.
Taco Truck Lover Maps His Favorite Eateries Online
Plenty of Web sites allow ordinary people to review restaurants, and good reviews on sites like Chowhound and Yelp can help a restaurant. Now tech-savvy food lovers are creating a new kind of culinary Web site that steers people toward smaller, harder-to-find eateries. YumTacos.com is a prime example.
A Solution for Fuel Pumps That Stop at $3.99
The price gauges on some mechanical fuel pumps don't go higher than $3.99, but the price of diesel has soared way past that, forcing some gas stations to shut down diesel pumps while they figure out what to do. Washington state has a solution: Stations can sell diesel by the half-gallon, as long as they post big signs.