Lawmakers hammer out details, but no budget deal yet Gov. Pawlenty and Legislative leaders don't have a budget deal yet, but they could be setting up the framework for a solution. Pawlenty insists he won't support a tax increase so Democrats are saying he needs to give up something in return.7:16 a.m.
DFLer's view on way forward on budget Gov. Tim Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders still don't have a budget deal, but they could be setting up the framework for a solution. The governor and lawmakers need to find a way to erase a $3 billion budget deficit.7:20 a.m.
Tax increase would affect 7 percent of small business owners There are about a half-million businesses in Minnesota from which income passes through to the owner's personal taxes. About 7 percent of these would be affected by a proposed new tax bracket, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.7:36 a.m.
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Britain's Coalition Government Starts On Priorities
British Prime Minister David Cameron holds his first cabinet meeting Thursday. Improving the economy is one of the government's priorities. The combination of the Conservatives and smaller Liberal Democrats is Britain's first coalition government in 65 years.
States Wary Of New Climate Change Bill
The measure would set up a national cap-and-trade program, but it would wipe away the right for states to keep using their own longstanding initiatives. They also say it takes away much of the power the EPA has to control greenhouse gas pollution.
On A Hard Road, Young Indians Seek A Better Life
Some young people in India's heartland are aggressively pursuing new opportunities; others are mired in poverty. They work and hope and pray for a better life along the Grand Trunk Road that crosses South Asia, the focus of a new NPR series.
MOVE Fire Burdens Neighborhood, After 25 Years
The disastrous police bombing of a militant group's row house 25 years ago still haunts Philadelphia. The attack resulted in a fire that destroyed nearby homes and killed 11 people. Neighbors of the old MOVE building say they're often reminded of what they lost.
N.M. Salt Beds Could Become Nation's Nuclear Dump
Underground salt beds near Carlsbad are being used to store nuclear waste from atomic weapons, and those federal shipments mean jobs and money. But the federal government still needs a place to store its most radioactive waste -- spent fuel from reactors -- and the Carlsbad salt beds are expected to be on the short list.
RealtyTrac Reports Foreclosures Are Down
For the first time in five years, the number of households facing foreclosure is down. A firm called RealtyTrac says the number last month fell 2 percent compared to a year ago.
Alarm Raised Over Embedded Ads In Online Articles
The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune are selling paid links within online articles. Links to related editorial content have appeared in blue for years. Now links to e-commerce ads will also appear within articles but in green. Media observers say newspapers need to find new revenue models. But they're also concerned ads embedded within journalistic work go too far.
'Cloud Computing' Relies On Consumer Trust
Renee Montagne talks about cloud computing with Wilson Rothman, a writer for the popular tech blog Gizmodo.com. Cloud computing is a general term for things that involve delivering hosted services over the Internet.
Teddy Bear Need A Vacation? Send It To Lapland
Many people spare no expense when it comes to their pets -- now you can send a toy on a trip. For $140, your teddy bear to Lapland, where it will visit the Arctic Circle, meet with Santa and return home with photos. No humans can sign up for the tour.