With new contract, SPCO musicians, management must repair strained relations The musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are returning to the stage, after a seven-month lockout marked by halting, sometimes bitterly contentious contract talks with orchestra management. The musicians Monday ratified a new, three-year contract agreement, and will perform their first concert of the year on May 9.
But it will take far longer for the two sides to repair a relationship that has been badly strained by the dispute.6:20 a.m.
Senate Dems turn around tax bill vote after initial defeat It took two tries for the Minnesota Senate to pass a tax bill raising $1.8 billion in new revenue. Two Senate Democrats were forced to switch their votes after the bill was initially defeated. The failure prompted Republicans to claim Senate DFL leaders could pass their tax hikes only by twisting arms of some nervous first-term members.6:45 a.m.
When It Comes To Productivity, Technology Can Hurt And Help
With more employees working on the road and more distracting technologies in the office, some companies are creating new ways to improve efficiency. One software firm helps identify wasted time, while another makes it easier for co-workers to collaborate.
Will Bureaucracy Keep The U.S. Drone Industry Grounded?
Tough federal aviation rules and public backlash against drones have raised worries that the U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle industry will be left behind foreign competitors. Developers say the U.S. light drone industry is being overtaken by manufacturers in Israel and Australia.
'Wonderful Words' In Willa Cather's No-Longer-Secret Letters
Willa Cather's will forbade the publication of her private letters, but that will has now expired. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather contains more than 500 missives — including one that details the real-life story behind Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours.
Advocates Honor LaHood's Time At Transportation Department
As outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood prepares to hand off the baton to President Obama's nominee, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Morning Edition reflects on Lahood's legacy. What have he and the president accomplished? What's still to be done?
Brazilians Keep World Cup Hopes In Check Amid Complications
The country is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup by refurbishing its stadiums for soccer's biggest event. But some of the venues are behind schedule, and the preparations are costing taxpayers more than they expected. Some now wonder if all of the fanfare is worth the effort.
Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book
Benjamin Alire Saenz won this year's PEN/Faulkner award for his latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. The real-life Kentucky Club is just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and Saenz joined a reporter there to talk about life in two countries.
Treasury To Make First Paydown On National Debt In 6 Years
The federal government says it will pay down $35 billion of the national debt this quarter. It's a reversal of an earlier prediction that the government would add more than $100 billion in debt during the second quarter of 2013. Economists say the payment was made possible by spending cuts and higher tax revenues.
Virgin Galactic Reaches Milestone In Space Tourism Industry
Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's space tourism venture, cleared a big hurdle Monday with its first powered test flight. Virgin Galactic plans to start taking "space tourists" for rides early next year. A ticket is expected to cost $200,000.
Rail Planners Aim To Re-'Train' L.A.'s Car Culture
Los Angeles is in the midst of a massive rail construction project. The hope is that one day Angelinos may take the train and walk around the city, rather than depend so fully on theirs cars. But a change on that level means much more than laying down train tracks.
Company Touts Shirt That Could Be Worn 100 Days In A Row
U.S. company Wool and Prince says it has developed a wool shirt so odor resistant you could wear it for 100 days in a row without washing it. The company says the key is that wool is more efficient than other fabrics at absorbing sweat and evaporating it into the air.