A look at Governor Dayton's property tax reform proposals Governor Mark Dayton didn't just propose a budget on Tuesday, he also put forward an overhaul of the state's tax system. Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, chair of a group that's made recommendations to simplify Minnesota's property tax system, talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the Governor's property tax proposal.7:25 a.m.
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Obama Wants To Build On Climate Accomplishments
President Obama vowed in this week's inaugural speech to address climate change. The comments recevied a chilly reception in Congress. There are, however, steps the administration can take on its own.
House To Vote On Short-Term Debt Ceiling Extension
The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a Republican leadership plan to put off the debt ceiling fight for three months. This marks a new strategy for House Republicans who until recently had pledged not to raise the debt ceiling unless it was matched with an equal amount of spending cuts.
Mel Brooks, 'Unhinged' And Loving It
NPR's Renee Montagne talks to actor, comedian, director, writer and all-around funny guy Mel Brooks, the man behind such cracked classics as Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. He has a new DVD set out that covers his career from the 1950s to today.
Venezuelan Ex-Pats In Florida Monitor Chavez's Absence
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still in Cuba recovering from cancer surgery. Nowhere in the U.S. is the political instability in Venezuela more apparent than in South Florida, home to hundreds-of-thousands of the country's expatriates. They are concerned about the instability Chavez's absence has caused in their homeland.
Rules Would Retire Most Research Chimps
An NIH working group recommends that most of the agency's 360 research chimpanzees be sent to a sanctuary — a non-laboratory setting where chimps can live more natural lives. But even if the NIH accepts the recommendations, putting them into effect won't be easy.
Fla. Tomato Growers Say Mexico Trade Deal Is Rotten
For 16 years, Mexican growers have agreed not to sell tomatoes below what's called a reference price, meant to protect Florida growers from cheap Mexican tomatoes. But half of all tomatoes eaten in the U.S. come from Mexico, and Mexican growers say it's because their tomatoes taste better.
Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline's Tweaked Route
Nebraska's governor has approved a new plan to route the pipeline through the state. In 2011, the governor opposed the pipeline for its potential environmental impact. But on Tuesday, he wrote a letter to President Obama saying the new route avoids the more environmentally fragile parts of Nebraska.
What's The Prospect Of An Extraterrestrial Gold Rush?
A company called Deep Space Industries is planning to start mining asteroids by the year 2015. Their idea is to first send small spacecraft to explore asteroids for minerals like platinum and gold. Google's founders are backing a separate asteroid mining venture.