What Horner's not saying about his sales tax idea Every Monday leading up to election day, we're zeroing in on what the candidates for governor are saying on the campaign trail and what they're not saying. This week, we look at part of Independence Party candidate Tom Horner's plan to solve the state's projected budget deficit. Horner says the budget can't be balanced through cuts alone, and the state needs to increase revenue. He says he would lower the rate on the sales tax by one percent, and then expand it.6:35 a.m.
Essayist puzzles over down-ballot election races Twenty-four candidates are on the ballot this November to fill a judges seat in Stillwater, Minnesota. Even if you don't find yourself faced with 24 judicial candidates when you go to vote, it can be difficult to make an informed decision on those less-publicized down-ballot races. What's a Minnesota voter to do? Essayist Peter Smith has a few thoughts about that.6:55 a.m.
Farrell explains Nobel economics prize MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell who analyzes the Nobel's picks for economics. Farrell also looks at the positive effect the agriculture sector is having on Minnesota's economy.8:25 a.m.
Chilean Crews Put Finishing Touches On Escape Shaft
The first extractions of the 33 trapped miners in Chile are expected to begin on Wednesday as engineers and crews put the finishing touches on an escape shaft. The shaft was completed Saturday and rescuers determined only the top few hundred feet of the escape tunnel needed to be reinforced with a steel sleeve.
Nuclear Road Trip: Shipping Uranium A Complex Task
A shipment of bomb-grade uranium arrived at a secure facility in Russia on Monday, sent from a research reactor in Poland as part of a race to secure dangerous radioactive material around the world. Coordinating transfer of the uranium is a logistical challenge.
Al-Qaida Mastermind Rose Using American Hustle
Adnan Shukrijumah is thought to be the highest-ranking American in al-Qaida. He is one of a growing number of Americans with key positions in al-Qaida, presenting a new challenge: terrorists who are not only familiar with the U.S., but also deeply understand it.
In N.H., Enthusiasm Lags Among Female Voters
Democrat Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire sailed into Congress with the 2006 Democratic tide and managed to stay afloat two years later. Now, pollsters are noting a noticeable "enthusiasm gap" among a core constituency for Shea-Porter and the Democrats: women.
In Mammogram Debate, Differences Aren't So Big
Almost a year after a federally funded task force caused an uproar by recommending that mammograms be optional for women younger than 50, the debate continues. And experts are finding consensus around the idea that a better screening test for breast cancer is needed.
Lifelong Immunity? With Vaccines, It Depends
Vaccines have been wildly successful in taming killers like polio and measles, but some require boosters to stay effective. A few parents wonder if getting sick and gaining a natural immunity is better than giving their children vaccines.
No Inflation Increase For Social Security Checks
More than 58 million Social Security recipients likely will go another year without an increase in their monthly benefits. The government is expected to announce this week that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment. The COLAs are automatically set each year based on inflation.
Will Electric Cars Work For The Everyday Driver?
The first mass-produced electric vehicles ever sold in the United States will begin to hit auto showrooms by the end of the year. The owner of a 15-year-old Honda on its last legs sets out to test-drive the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt.
Researchers Develop No-Stick Gum
A team of researchers at the University of Bristol in England came up with non-stick chewing gum. They say their gum is both "removable" and "degradable," which should make it easier to clean off those sticky surprises from underneath the seats at the movie theater. The company making the gum is called Revolymer, and the gum itself is Rev-7.
Obama Tries To Motivate Voters During Philly Rally
In the last three weeks before midterm elections, President Obama is trying to close the enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats. That means mobilizing young and minority voters. Those groups are more likely to support Democrats and less likely to vote in midterms. On Sunday, Obama staged a rally in Philadelphia.