Budget talks edge forward as end of session nears After several closed-door meetings with Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the Capitol on Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans will continue negotiations today to solve the state's nearly $3 billion budget problem.7:16 a.m.
Former Gov. Quie reflects on budget negotiations MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with former Minn. Gov. Al Quie on Wednesday about the budget problems he dealt with in the '80s and about his take on the current negotiations. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.7:20 a.m.
Treaty rights to be asserted in different ways This Saturday is the Minnesota fishing opener, but plans for the Anishinabe fish-off are going ahead. Some members of the White Earth and Leech Lake bands of Ojibwe say they'll intentionally violate state law and fish the day before the opener. Their goal is to draw attention to hunting and fishing treaty rights they claim are guaranteed in an 1855 treaty with the federal government.7:36 a.m.
Even with lure of money, some Minn. schools balk at 'turnaround' effort The 34 schools deemed Minnesota's persistently lowest performing are working with state officials on plans to turn them around. Each school stands to gain a lot of money for that effort, but some say they don't want to be on the list, no matter how much money they stand to receive.7:50 a.m.
After 13 Years, Britain's Tories Are Back In Power
Britain has a new coalition government, headed by Conservative Party leader David Cameron. In a formal arrangement with the centrist Liberal Democrats, Cameron is now prime minister. He is the youngest prime minister in almost 200 years. The Tories are back in power after 13 years.
Karzai, Obama To Rebuild Strained Relations
Afghan President Karzai meets President Obama at the White House for wide-ranging talks on Afghanistan Wednesday. The meeting is ahead of a major U.S. military operation in the southern province of Kandahar. A key issue is Karzai's plan for a national conference on reconciliation with the Taliban.
Riddle On Grand Trunk Road: Where To Begin?
For a route of its historical stature, the Grand Trunk Road's starting point in eastern India is not particularly easy to find. But the opinions of young people who live along the road are clear. They stressed that India is a country in which corruption is rampant.
Indies On Demand: Now The Festival's At Your Place
Catching the next big thing in independent cinema used to mean hopping a plane to Sundance or another big filmfest. These days, video on demand is a popular distribution channel for indie flicks that might not otherwise find an audience beyond their festival debuts.
Should Kagan's Lack Of Judicial Experience Matter?
The current Supreme Court is composed of men and women who all served previously on the lower federal appeals courts. But in historical terms, this is the first time the court has had such a uniform professional pedigree.
Delaware Town Misses Red Flags In Pedophilia Case
An independent report has found that authorities in Delaware failed the families of a small beach town, where a pediatrician was allegedly sexually abusing young patients. Dr. Earl Bradley was arrested in December last year, and faces more than 500 counts of sexually abusing more than a hundred patients.
Another Wall Street Bank Under Investigation The Wall Street Journal reports Morgan Stanley is under the microscope of federal prosecutors and government regulators. They're looking into the bank's marketing of complex mortgage securities known as CDOs. According to the paper, Morgan Stanley sold the securities to investors, and at the same time placed bets against the investments.
Obama Tells Agencies: Speed Up The Hiring Process
The country's largest single employer -- the federal government -- is overhauling its hiring process. The move follows years of warnings that the best candidates for federal jobs were being put off by a system notorious for red tape. President Obama has ordered agencies to update a process that is literally a holdover from the 19th century.
Tax-Exempt Status Could Hinge On Filing Deadline
More than 200,000 small charities and nonprofits could lose their tax-exempt status next week if they don't file a federal tax form by Monday. But many groups could be unaware that they're supposed to file the annual form.
'Playboy' Tries 3-D To Rev Up Interest, Sales Playboy magazine has been losing money, so it's searching for ways to reposition itself. Later this year, it'll offer a "work-friendly Web version of the magazine." The other innovation hits newsstands Friday. The June edition includes a pair of special glasses for viewing the 3-D centerfold.