'Best of times, worst of times' for arts funding In November, voters approved a new sales tax which will pump tens of millions of dollars into arts and cultural groups. Some arts advocates worry the prospect of new money will prompt legislators to cut other arts funding.6:50 a.m.
Latinos hope for immigration reform During the presidential election, Latino voters provided strong support to President Barack Obama. But with the economic downturn taking center stage, many are wondering how far immigration reform has slipped as priority for the new administration.7:20 a.m.
New book tells John Beargrease's story This weekend, teams of mushers will gather in Duluth for the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon. A new book titled "John Beargrease: Legend of Minnesota's North Shore," tells the story of Beargrease's life.7:25 a.m.
Future Tense with Jon Gordon Microsoft announced yesterday it will make the first mass layoffs in its 34-year history, cutting 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months as demand for personal computers falls.8:20 a.m.
The down economy is hitting college campuses Minnesota Public Radio's News Cut blog creator Bob Collins is on a tour of college campuses across the state. He is asking students and others how the down economy is affecting them. He is visiting one campus a week, and MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with him after week two.8:25 a.m.
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Nuevo Laredo Returns To Normal As Violence Slows
While Ciudad Juarez remains the epicenter of violence in Mexico, another border city has seen a dramatic decrease in murders. Rival drug cartels have made a pact, it appears, which has helped. Meanwhile, new Mayor Ramon Garza has been trying to turn around the image of his city.
With Closing Of Guantanamo, What Happens Next?
With a stroke of a pen, President Obama issued an executive order to shutter the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. Now come the details: how the closing will happen, and where the detainees will go next.
Prefab Home Designer Bucks A Downward Trend
It's not often that the words "prefabricated home" and "modern architecture" are heard together. But a young architect in Missouri has spent a decade figuring out how to bring low prices to the realm of high design. Despite a dismal housing market, Rocio Romero's homes are selling.
Obama, Clinton Announce Special Envoys
On Hillary Clinton's first day at the State Department, the secretary appeared with President Obama and Vice President Biden to announce the appointment of special envoys to two troubled areas: Former Sen. George Mitchell to the Middle East and former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to South Asia.
Interrogations Must Follow Army Field Manual
Along with the order to shut down the Guantanamo detention camp, President Obama put a stop to the CIA's use of extreme interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists. That order requires U.S. intelligence agencies to abide by guidelines laid down in the Army Field Manual. Still, the new order left some questions unanswered.
Why A 'Bad Bank' Is A Good Idea
Administration finance officials have floated an idea to help the ailing U.S. banking industry. The concept of a "bad bank" would allow banks to unload toxic assets into a separate institution. Simon Johnson, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management and a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, tells NPR's Renee Montagne the plan would pump new money into the industry to promote lending.
Compromise Allows Obama To Keep BlackBerry
Barack Obama is the first president to have a BlackBerry, even though it makes security officials nervous. During the campaign, Obama and his BlackBerry could not be parted. The president and his personal digital assistant will stay together with some changes.
Rwanda Arrests Congo Rebel Leader
A Congolese military spokesman says the Rwandan army has arrested Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda. The spokesman says Nkunda resisted being taken into custody by a joint Rwandan-Congolese force before he was arrested.
Bank Of America Ousts Former Merrill Chief
The giant brokerage Merrill Lynch was reeling from the credit crisis in September and was taken over by Bank of America. On Thursday, Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis ousted John Thain, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch. It came out recently that Thain continued to pay big bonuses to Merrill employees despite the financial problems. Merrill revealed billions in losses last year, forcing Bank of America to ask the government for financial help.
Home Prices Predicted To Continue Decline
News from the housing sector remains grim. The Federal Housing Finance Agency says home prices continued to fall last year. Market watchers predict home building will continue to slow, foreclosures will rise and home prices will keep falling.