Dayton: Legislative 'unsession' could lead to historic results in 2014 Gov. Dayton has already dubbed 2014 the "unsession," because he wants legislators to spend much of their time eliminating old, outdated state laws rather than adding new ones. He's been collecting suggestions on what to get rid of, as well as ideas for making government better, faster and simpler.6:45 a.m.
Some candidates must audition - not just apply - for jobs Although Minnesota's job market has steadily improved since the great recession, more than 150,000 Minnesotans remain unemployed -- and it's still a buyer's market for labor. Hiring managers can afford to be picky, and employers are coming up with new hoops for job applicants to jump through.7:25 a.m.
Josh Freeman to debut as Vikings QB tonight Two of the worst teams in the NFL will be in the spotlight tonight on Monday Night Football. The 1-4 Vikings are in New Jersey to take on the 0-6 New York Giants.
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the matchup which is expected to feature the first game for new Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Cruz Takes Center Stage, Drawing Cheers And Jeers
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz spearheaded the drive to shut down the government by trying to defund the Affordable Care Act. The GOP's image has taken a hit because of that effort, but Cruz is more popular than ever among Tea Party and conservative voters.
Where Does The GOP Go From Here?
Renee Montagne talks to Molly Ball of The Atlantic about fractures within the Republican Party and the future of the GOP after the shutdown.
'Murdoch's World': Inside One Of The Last Old Media Empires
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. now stretches from Australia to India, Great Britain and the United States. In a new book, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at how News Corp. publications covered the company's hacking scandals, and its punitive attitude toward critics.
Turning A Page Inside A Rural One-Room Library
In a sleepy town in the Ozarks, population 300, one woman is trying to turn the local public library into a hub for learning. She's one of thousands of librarians around the country working to bring a sense of community to isolated areas.
Should Severe Premenstrual Symptoms Be A Mental Disorder?
Earlier this year premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, became a recognized mental disorder. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea. Some researchers worry that medicalizing this unrelenting form of PMS could be used against women, even though only a small percentage of women meet the criteria.
Britain Signs Deal For Two New Nuclear Reactors
The British government has announced plans to build two new nuclear reactors in southwest England. The agreement is worth nearly $26 billion. The deal is the first of its kind since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 — and the first new British nuclear power station in two decades.
Madame Tussauds Owner Plans Stock Sale
Gold prices have cooled from their record highs, but now you can invest in an up-and-coming commodity: wax! Merlin Entertainments, which owns Madame Tussauds wax museums, announced Monday that it plans an initial public offering.
Enrollments For Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly
The Obama administration projected that within the first month of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, half a million individuals or families would sign up. Nearly three weeks in, the actual number of enrollments looks to be much smaller. Technical issues have been a big factor.
Obama To Address Health Care Website Problems
President Obama delivers a statement Monday about the technical issues consumers have been experiencing in signing up online for health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson for a look ahead at the president's remarks and a sense of what the political impact has been so far.