Legislative session nears end, still no budget plan With one week to go before the constitutional deadline to adjourn, Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders are no closer to reaching agreement on the best way to erase the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck is following the latest developments.7:20 a.m.
Nelson-Pallmeyer: Don't count me out DFL Senate candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer claims significant support among DFL state convention delegates. And some observers say Al Franken's tax problems could make an opening for him.7:25 a.m.
From Cannon Falls to St. Paul, wagon train marks Sesquicentennial Celebrations in honor of Minnesota's 150th anniversary as the 32nd state in the union kicked off this weekend. As part of the Sesquicentennial, a wagon train drove 100 miles from Cannon Falls to St. Paul, where it arrived for the official opening ceremony on the Capitol grounds.7:50 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news.8:25 a.m.
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American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many
The U.S. government operated 100 boarding schools for American Indians on and off reservations. One expert says the schools were part of a strategy to conquer Indians. Students who attended them were required to talk and dress as mainstream Americans.
Political Comebacks: The Art of the Putdown
Politicians are known for delivering a scripted message. Those who stray far from their prepared remarks often find themselves in trouble. But a select few who dare — think Winston Churchill or Daniel Webster — can make a point with their quick wit.
Soros: Financial Crisis Stems from 'Super-Bubble'
The current financial turmoil is "the most serious crisis of our lifetime," and its roots stretch back decades, George Soros says. The financier blames what he calls a "super-bubble" fueled by strange financial instruments and massive American debt held overseas.
Relief Worker: Second Crisis Looms in Myanmar
Relief supplies have been dribbling into Myanmar more than a week after a huge cyclone struck the Southeast Asian nation. The storm's official death toll is approaching 30,000. Andrew Kirkwood, director of Myanmar operations for Save the Children, talks about the latest developments.
Volcanic Eruption Forces Evacuations in Chile
Volcanic ash is raining down on Chile, 10 days after an eruption occurred for the first time in thousands of years. People in the area were evacuated. The volcano eruption has turned lakes and rivers white and coated plants in a dense layer of ash.
Fighting Subsides in Lebanon
After five days of fighting, Lebanon is largely quiet Monday. The streets of Beirut, which have been the focus of bloody sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shiites, have been largely deserted. The violence has done nothing to resolve Lebanon's long-running political crisis.
Tornado Devastates Oklahoma Superfund Town
Picher, Okla., was once among the nation's largest Superfund sites. It was a town prone to cave-ins, from years of overzealous mining. The federal government was in the process of buying out the people who hadn't left yet. Over the weekend, Picher was destroyed by a tornado, and it's unlikely anyone will rebuild.
How Clinton Handles Her Candidacy's Historic Nature
When the going has gotten tough during Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — gender politics have been a lifeline. Clinton's gender has helped her rally female votes and money. But Clinton hasn't talked too much about being a woman running for president.
Cablevision Beats Murdoch's Bid for Newsday
The New York cable company Cablevision plans to buy one of the area's major newspapers, Newsday, based on Long Island. Last week, it looked like Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. would buy Newsday, but Cablevision offered more money: $650 million.
U.S. Postal Rates Go Up a Penny
U.S. postal rates go up a penny Monday. The number of letters being mailed is down, but costs are up, especially for gasoline.