In 2 downtowns, parking spaces face the chopping block Both Minneapolis and St. Paul are making big investments in their downtowns and hope to lure more residents to live there. But at the same time, the cities are taking steps to reduce the amount of parking available downtown. And that's alarmed some downtown residents.6:20 a.m.
Dayton defends budget in speech to Minn. newspaper editors If Gov. Mark Dayton was hoping Minnesota newspapers would endorse his tax plan on their editorial pages, he may be disappointed. Dayton faced criticism on his budget proposal Thursday when he gave a speech to the Minnesota Newspaper Association at its annual convention in Bloomington.6:49 a.m.
Minneapolis considers changing how the history of race relations is taught The Minneapolis school district is considering whether to change its curricula after an emotional community meeting on Wednesday night. Julie Landsman taught in Minneapolis public schools for more than 20 years and has since written several books on race. She spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:46 a.m.
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Ex-Prosecutor Mary Jo White Nominated To Head SEC
President Obama has tapped a former U.S. attorney to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. The president says he wants a tough new cop on the financial beat. Mary Jo White would be the first former prosecutor to chair the SEC.
Senate Changes Filibuster Rules
The new rules would make it easier to bring bills and nominations to the floor for debate. There was a time when a senator would have to sustain a filibuster by holding the floor and talking non-stop for hours on end, just as Jimmy Stewart did in the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Lives Of Praise, Lives In Progress On 'The Sisterhood' The Sisterhood is a new reality show about the lives and struggles of five Atlanta-area preachers' wives. The show has been likened to the Real Housewives franchise and has drawn criticism for its warts-and-all portrayal of the women. But they say they felt called by God to participate.
Foreign Investors Trade Dollars For U.S. Residency
Obtaining a U.S. visa can be pretty straightforward if you have $500,000. The EB-5 program grants foreigners permanent residency if they invest $500,000 in an American business and create at least 10 jobs. Despite its success, critics say the program pushes the rich to the front of the immigration line.
Files: Cardinal Mahoney Hid Child Sex Abuse Cases
The Los Angeles Times has released decades-old personnel files of Catholic priests accused of child sex abuse. The documents show church officials kept the cases private, and many are addressed to, or written by, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, who retired nearly a year ago. Steve Inskeep talks to Victoria Kim, one of the paper's reporters covering the story.
Dodgers Channel Close To Being A Reality
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Time-Warner Cable are expected to announce a deal that would give the team its own channel. The cable giant would handle distribution and operations. The Dodgers channel would pay the team roughly $7 billion over at least 20 years.
For Would-Be Sundancers, Kickstarter Can Fuel Films
Financing a movie can be tough — but more and more filmmakers are crowdsourcing their creative cash. Nearly 10 percent of the films at this year's Sundance Film Festival found backers through the online fundraiser Kickstarter.