Mark Dayton declared winner, finally Democratic Gov.-elect Mark Dayton vowed Wednesday to make improving Minnesota's economy his first order of business when he takes office as governor in January. "Now the real work begins," Dayton said during a news conference at the State Capitol.7:20 a.m.
Many Minnesotans cutting the cord and going cell only The traditional telephone is looking more and more like a dinosaur. Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans are "cutting the cord" and dropping their landline phones and relying exclusively on cell phones.7:25 a.m.
Franken unhappy with tax deal Democratic Sen. Al Franken said Wednesday he opposes aspects of a deal to extend tax cuts first enacted under the Bush administration.8:25 a.m.
Minnesota and N. Dakota fighting over carbon costs Minnesota and North Dakota are at odds over the environmental costs of generating electricity.
The dispute could end up in court, and it's not the first time the two states squared off over this issue.8:45 a.m.
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Obama Braces Against GOP, Democrats On Tax Deal
President Obama is forcefully rejecting the idea that he caved to Republicans on a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts. At a White House news conference Tuesday, he positioned himself between Republicans he calls "hostage takers" and Democrats who argue that he should have been tougher.
Tax Deal A Kick In The Pants For The Economy?
Despite his opposition to extending tax cuts for the wealthy, President Obama said Tuesday that he made a deal to do so with Republicans because his first interest is fixing the economy. But just how much will the tentative deal stimulate the economy and help create new jobs?
N.Y. Teachers Fight Effort To Make Ratings Public
The union representing New York City's teachers goes to court Wednesday to try to stop the release to the media of a database of teacher effectiveness ratings. The move in New York follows the publication earlier this year by the Los Angeles Times of the scores of some L.A. teachers. The ratings, known as "value added analysis," are controversial because there is disagreement over whether they accurately reflect teaching ability. And unions say making the ratings public violates teacher privacy.
U.S. Drops Israel Settlement Freeze Demand
Israelis say they were offered diplomatic guarantees and new military hardware, but in the end the U.S. and Israel couldn't finalize a deal. The State Department official said the U.S. will no longer seek a moratorium as a way to revive direct peace talks.
Gunfire Erupts As Haiti Issues Early Election Results
Haiti's presidential election last month has sparked protests, violence and charges of fraud. Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Jason Beaubien in Port-au-Prince for the latest on the just-released preliminary election results.
Oil Prices Hit $90 A Barrel
Oil hit $90 dollars a barrel Tuesday for the first time in more than two years. The price has slipped a bit to about $88 on global futures markets. But by next year, analysts say, oil could reach $100 a barrel. One long-term trend they point to is rising demand from China and other emerging economies and the inability to boost supplies fast enough to match that.
Coal Industry In Colo. Fights Gas-Conversion Plan
In Colorado, natural gas is waging war against coal. One of the nation's largest public utilities is planning to retire its aging coal-fired power plants and replace them with cleaner-burning natural gas. State regulators are expected to decide on the plan Wednesday. This coal-to-gas transition is also being closely watched around the country as utility companies brace for new, tougher federal emissions controls.