Minn. tax hike not a sure thing, even as DFL takes reins A major overhaul of state tax policy could be in the works when the newly elected DFL Legislature arrives at the Capitol. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to launch the discussion in January when he unveils his plan for making the tax system fairer and simpler. But a tax increase on top earners could be a tough sell, even with Democrats in control of the House and Senate.7:20 a.m.
At His Own Risk, Somali Chef Creates Gourmet Haven In War-Weary Mogadishu
London-raised Ahmed Jama won't give up on Mogadishu, even though his restaurants have been attacked by suicide bombers more than once. In fact, he's leading the city's cultural revival, one dish at a time, by offering residents and visitors a taste of authentic Somali cuisine and hospitality.
An Entrepreneur Expands The Lego Universe
Each year, Lego turns out 19 billion plastic bricks, figures and gears for building things. But sometimes it seems even 19 billion isn't enough. Seattle-area resident Will Chapman wanted more, so he started making Lego-compatible parts — including World War II weapons.
'Giving Tuesday': The Start Of A Holiday Tradition?
A coalition of more than 1,400 charities is launching Giving Tuesday to jump-start end-of-year giving. They're taking off on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to motivate donors at a time when the outlook for giving remains lackluster.
Memoir Traces How Cartoonist Lost Her 'Marbles'
Just before her 30th birthday, Ellen Forney received a diagnosis that finally explained her super-charged highs and debilitating lows: bipolar disorder. In Marbles, a new graphic memoir, Forney recalls both the pain and the humor of her path to stability.
Young Voters Key In Obama's 2012 Win
The Pew Research Center has a new analysis of the role young voters played in the 2012 presidential election. Although President Obama's margin of victory in this group was not as wide as four years ago, the 2012 results show that the generation gap persists.
Renowned Pakistani Columnist Cowasjee Dies At 86
Pakistani columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee was revered in his nation for exposing corruption, nepotism and mismanagement at all levels of government. He died this weekend at the age of 86. Steve Inskeep has this remembrance.
Overrun By Otters, Illinois Reinstates Trapping Season
More than 15,000 otters in Illinois are pilfering fish from fishermen and disrupting the local ecosystem. To deal with it, the state is allowing an otter trapping season for the first time in 87 years, starting this month. Bob Bluett, a biologist from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, joins Steve Inskeep to talk about the otter inundation.