Structural deficit big despite new budget The Minnesota state budget is balanced, for now. The Legislature passed a budget yesterday that solves a $3 billion shortfall. But when lawmakers return to the capitol next year, they're expected to face a deficit nearly twice that size.7:20 a.m.
Insurance for poor adults survives budget cuts, barely Some last-minute negotiations at the Capitol pumped an additional $10 million into General Assistance Medical Care, a program for poor, single adults and childless couples. But in the end, GAMC is still taking a more than 75 percent funding cut.7:25 a.m.
Essayist makes familiar summer vacation plans A beautiful day like today can easily get you dreaming about summer vacation. Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith is taking some time off this summer, and if you're like many Minnesotans, his plans will sound strangely familiar.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Ending Offshore Oil Drilling: More Harm Than Good?
Offshore drilling is a little less popular these days, given the continuing leak after a rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster has spurred talk of legislative action to allow states to ban federal offshore drilling. But some say cutting off future domestic drilling projects could do the country more harm than good.
At Harvard, Kagan Won More Fans Than Foes
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan spent six years as dean of Harvard Law School. She is credited with ending decades of faculty feuds, and even critics say her tenure there was largely successful. But there are those who take issue with her management style and legacy on minority recruitment.
Pakistan's Young Elite See Problems
Some of Pakistan's best-educated young people are more concerned with class divides than they are with terrorism. The gap between the wealthy and the poor is so deep that a person's standing is easily determined at a glance -- a result of what one student calls "extreme social discrimination."
Economic Woes Threaten Chavez's Socialist Vision
Despite Venezuela's huge oil reserves, its economy is in trouble. Its inflation rate is among the world's highest; blackouts plague major cities. The situation is creating a serious challenge to President Hugo Chavez's efforts to transform Venezuela into a socialist state
Detroit 'Heroes' Fix Up Motor City Neighborhoods
Detroit has big problems and limited resources to fix those problems. But Detroiters aren't waiting around for someone else to do the work. Heroes have stepped up to keep their streets clean while city services withered. Much of the work has been done through community groups.
Arizona Voters To Decide On Sales Tax Hike
Arizonans go to the polls to vote on a temporary one cent sales tax increase Tuesday. Prop 100 is an attempt to help plug the state's budget deficit. Few people want to raise taxes. But if the vote fails, hundreds of millions of dollars will be cut from the state's universities and public schools and from health and welfare programs.
Euro Falls Sharply Against The Dollar
The Euro has fallen against the dollar in recent weeks because of anxiety over the financial crisis in Greece, and concern over prospects for economic recovery across the European Union.
Eurozone Attempts To Rein In Speculators
European officials are cracking down on market speculators. They blame speculators for making the Greek debt crisis worse and dragging down the Euro. However, there are sharp disagreements on whether the new measures are warranted.
Posen: Eurozone Will Grow Slowly Next Few Years
A Bank of England policymaker says the efforts by European countries to rein in ballooning government debt levels will slow growth in the Euro-zone. But Adam Posen says it will not likely have a big effect on U.S. growth in the coming year. The crisis poses the biggest threat to the euro currency since it's birth 11 years ago, but Posen says its demise is very unlikely.
Man Charged With Faking His Way Into Harvard
A Delaware man has been charge with getting into Harvard falsely, and duping the Ivy League school out of $45,000 in financial aid, grants and scholarships. Prosecutors say Adam Wheeler got admitted to Harvard by falsely claiming he had earned a perfect academic record at schools he did not attend.