Chamber orchestras flock to St. Paul For the next month, the Twin Cities will play host to an extraordinary orchestral event. Four of the worlds top chamber orchestras will join the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for what's believed to be the first ever International Chamber Orchestra Festival.6:55 a.m.
Zero-based budgeting gains steam at the Capitol Minnesota lawmakers are facing tough task: balance the state's budget in the face of a projected $4.8 billion deficit. Both DFL legislative leaders and the governor have mentioned using a technique called zero-based budgeting to help close the gap.7:20 a.m.
Arts on the cheap With the economy in recession, consumers are casting an increasingly sharp eye on how they spend their discretionary income. But being careful with a dollar doesn't have to mean cutting the arts out of your life.8:25 a.m.
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Northern, Southern Israel Hit With Rockets
Communities in northern Israel are on high alert after several rockets were fired from southern Lebanon into Israel Thursday. The Israeli military quickly responded with artillery fire into Lebanon. At the same time, there were more rockets fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip — as the Israeli military's offensive continues with air strikes and new ground fighting reported.
For Civilians, 'There Is No Safe Zone In Gaza'
Israel is preventing reporters from entering the Gaza Strip to cover the offensive against Hamas. Ayman Mohyeldin, a television reporter for Al-Jazeera English, has been in Gaza since the Israeli air strikes began. He says that the Israeli offensive has been punishing and that "there is no safe zone in Gaza."
India Presses Pakistan On Deadly Mumbai Attacks
Six weeks after the attacks on Mumbai that killed more than 170 people, officials in India are stepping up pressure on Pakistan to act against the group it believes is responsible. Pakistanis say they are ready to cooperate. Analysts say neither country wants a military conflict, thought they expect the tension to continue for a long time.
Frogs Pipe Up After Australian Desert Downpour Morning Edition visits an ephemeral pond in the Australian desert, where a sudden downpour has flushed out 11 species of frogs. In their chorus, they signal to mates and mark territory. The segment is part of "Wild Sounds," a series of short, sound-rich stories from remote parts of the planet that are home to rare animals.
Championship Game Stars 2 Heisman Winners
Quarterbacks are normally the center of attention in football. That will especially be the case in Thursday's college championship game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Florida Gators. It features the last two Heisman Trophy winners: the Sooners' Sam Bradford and the Gators' Tim Tebow. They'll meet in Miami.
Learning To See In Stereo
Children born with a crossed eye can develop a condition called amblyopia that leaves them unable to see in stereo as adults. Conventional wisdom holds that vision stops improving around age 7, but now researchers believe adults with this condition can train their brains to gain stereo vision.
Outsourcing Giant Admits Cooking The Books
The chairman of one of India's largest technology outsourcing companies has resigned after admitting the company's profits had been inflated for several years. The scandal at Satyam Computer Services Ltd. threatens future foreign investments in India and tarnishes the once-booming outsourcing sector.
Microsoft Wins Verizon Wireless Account
Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced it has chosen Microsoft as its default Internet search provider for the company's mobile phones. Microsoft also announced it reached a similar search engine agreement with Dell Inc. Both deals boost Microsoft's position in the competitive world of search engines and advertising – and hand Google a defeat.
At Electronics Show, New Gadgets For Older Cars
While new-car sales are tanking, vendors at the International Consumer Electronics Show hope to tempt buyers with flashy new gadgets to put in their old vehicles. The world's largest consumer-tech trade show opens Thursday.