Gov., legislators share goal to get Minnesotans back to work Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders agree that job creation will be a shared priority for the 2012 session, but disagree over the best approach — a difference of opinion that could affect how much promise the session holds for putting unemployed Minnesotans back to work.6:55 a.m.
Back to the Dome for the Vikings? Gov. Mark Dayton told the Vikings that if they want a stadium bill passed this year "it's going to have to be the Metrodome."7:20 a.m.
DFL Rep. Thissen says 2012 sesson focus should be jobs The 2012 legislative session kicks off today. Legislators are back at the Capitol for what's expected to be a short session. But some big topics are expected to be discussed. Those include a possible new Vikings stadium, a slew of constitutional amendments, and contentious redistricting plans. Yesterday on the program we heard from House Speaker Kurt Zellers about Republican priorities for the session.7:45 a.m.
Romney, Gingrich Clash During GOP Debate In Tampa
The Republican presidential candidates debated in Florida Monday night and it was a relatively civil affair. But there were plenty of sharp attacks — most of them launched by former front-runner Mitt Romney against the man who has at least for the moment, passed him in the polls former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Romney Campaign Finally Releases His Tax Returns
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid about $3 million in federal income taxes in 2010. Romney's tax returns show most of his $21.7 million income came from his investments. The former Mass. governor has been under pressure in recent weeks to release his tax returns. Some media organizations received an advanced copy of the candidate's return.
Online Lottery Could Be Coming To A State Near You
Several states are now pushing forward with plans to offer lotteries on the Internet. That's in the aftermath of a federal ruling that states are free to conduct online gambling within their borders. But some worry it opens the door to new bankruptcies and addicted gamblers.
Conn. Tribes Hope To Win Big With Online Poker
The governor is negotiating a deal that could put tribes in charge of the state's new online gaming enterprise. Casino operators and state officials are closely watching to see what kind of impact online poker will have on their revenue.
Fla. Tea Party Likes Gingrich's Bold Leadership Style
Newt Gingrich was forced to defend his record as House speaker and later as a consultant to mortgage giant Freddie Mac during Monday night's GOP presidential debate in Tampa, Fla. And he said he was the type of bold, tough leader Washington needs. That's the part of his record that appeals to many of his supporters in the Tea Party.
Obama Supporters Look To State Of The Union Speech
The hotly-contested Republican primary has gotten a lot of attention lately. Tuesday night, President Obama has a chance to reclaim the spotlight. He's delivering his annual State of the Union address. It's a high-profile platform for the president as he tries to frame the choice facing voters in November.
Ambassador: U.S. Not Involved In Russian Election
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is the front-runner in this year's Russian presidential election. But he has faced the largest anti-government demonstrations seen in that country since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Against that backdrop, Russia expert Michael McFaul has just taken up his post as the U.S. ambassador to the country. But the architect of President Obama's reset policy with Russia has been greeted by accusations of supporting anti-Putin forces.
First Woman Named CEO Of Brazil's State Oil Co.
The Brazilian state oil company has a new chief executive and her name is Maria das Gracas Foster. Petrobras is the world's fifth-largest oil producer, and Foster becomes the first woman to run a top-five oil company. This comes as the firm looks to double its production by 2020. The company's stocks surged on news of the appointment.
Last Anheuser-Busch Executive Leaves InBev
David Peacock, the last executives to serve at Anheuser-Busch before and after it was takeover by Belgian brewer InBev, resigned from the company Monday. Peacock has been replaced by Luiz Edmond, but he'll remain as an adviser.
Landing A Job After A Year Of Rejection
Students graduating from college are entering perhaps the toughest, most uncertain job market in generations. Melanie Singer was among them. When she graduated from college in 2010 with a degree in accounting, she thought it would be easy to find a job; it turned out to be anything but.