Lack of coupons means full price for TV converter boxes A lot of Minnesotans are going to need converter boxes to get their TVs to work when all broadcasts go digital next month. The federal government had planned to give consumers $40 coupons good toward the purchase of the boxes, but the program funding the coupons has run out of money. That means folks who haven't received coupons yet may have to pay full price for converter boxes.6:50 a.m.
Coleman may face uphill battle in court challenge There's no word yet on the seating of a three-judge panel that's expected to hear Norm Coleman's lawsuit over the senate recount, but some legal experts say Coleman faces an uphill battle.7:20 a.m.
Lessons from recount to influence election reform It is likely that state lawmakers will take a look at election reform in the new legislative session, now that the U.S. Senate recount has been completed. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has some suggestions.7:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Serbia Plays Key Role In Russian Gas Pipeline Plans
Belgrade is part of a fierce struggle between Russia and the West over the future of energy supplies to Europe. Russia has taken control of Serbia's state oil and gas industry, while the Serbian capital hopes to be a hub for a major Russian gas pipeline.
How Obama Can Heed Clinton Health Reform Failure
As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office and confront problems with the nation's health care system, some people in Washington are feeling a sense of deja vu. But experts say Obama can learn from the health reform effort that failed during the Clinton years.
College Football: Unique And Unrepresentative
The Florida Gators and the Oklahoma Sooners meet Thursday in Miami for the national college football championship. But the game won't likely settle the controversy over how college football chooses its national champion. And that's just one of the oddities of the sport.
Israel Debates Moving Deeper Into Gaza City
Israel is under growing pressure to end its military operations in Gaza, following the terrible bloodshed that occurred in the territory over the past 24 hours. However, Israeli leaders are discussing whether to expand military operations in Gaza. That would be a significant escalation of the assault and would inevitably bring even greater casualties among the civilian population.
Civilian Casualties Factor Into War Decisions
The fighting in Gaza has killed more than 600 Palestinians — many of them civilians. Col. Jim Helis is chairman of the U.S. Army War College's department of national security and strategy. He talks with Ari Shapiro about how the U.S. military factors in civilian casualties when assessing war strategy. Helis says it's a balance among legal, ethical and political concerns.
CNN's Dr. Gupta May Be Next Surgeon General
President-elect Barack Obama is looking for a surgeon general. And CNN says its chief medical correspondent is under consideration for the job. Should the offer come, CNN says Dr. Sanjay Gupta has indicated he's likely to take it. The 39-year-old Gupta is a practicing neurosurgeon.
Undecided We Stand: Debating Bush's Legacy
President Bush leaves office as one of the least popular presidents ever, but he says it's up to history to judge him. Bush likes to recall that Harry Truman was widely reviled when he left the White House 56 years ago but decades later became an icon of strength in adversity.
Alcoa To Eliminate 13,500 Jobs Worldwide
Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. plans to cut roughly 13 percent of its global work force by the end of the year. It is slashing costs in the face of a deteriorating world economy. Alcoa's global rivals also are cutting costs. The entire industry is being hit by falling demand and falling aluminum prices.
Jobless Workers Swamp N.Y.'s Benefits System
When tens of thousands of newly laid off workers rushed to file for benefits in New York, the state's system crashed. State labor department officials say the problem started Monday when phone banks at the state's toll-free claims center shut down. Then, the online filing system crashed.
Gadget Lovers Gather In Las Vegas For CES
The Consumer Electronics Show — the biggest showcase for new electronics products — opens in Las Vegas Thursday. Morning Edition tech guru Mario Armstrong talks with Ari Shapiro about some of the new gadgets on display.