Banking your tax refund to combat poverty It's tax season - and a Minnesota program that offers low-cost tax refund loans is bracing for overwhelming demand, as more people face financial insecurity.6:20 a.m.
Hoping for Gopher success, all over again After a decade of heartache and disappointment, the University of Minnesota men's basketball team is flirting with success... and teasing its fickle-but-long-suffering fans back into love. Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith warns, "Let's be careful out there."6:25 a.m.
Obama's action gives clean car backers a boost Minnesota environmentalists are cheering President Obama's decision to reconsider California's request to set strict standards to control greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.6:50 a.m.
Judges request Coleman team to resubmit evidence Day two of Republican Norm Coleman's election contest trial gets underway this morning, but it's unclear what will actually happen. That's because Monday's testimony took a peculiar turn when the three-judge panel stopped the Coleman campaign from entering into evidence copies of absentee ballots.7:40 a.m.
Minn. native killed in Iraq A Minnesota native was killed in Iraq in a helicopter accident on Monday.
Philip Windorski Jr. was one of four Americans killed7:45 a.m.
Obama To Hear From GOP On Stimulus Plan
President Barack Obama will meet with Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday. He's trying to get their support for his $825 billion economic stimulus plan. The president has promised to listen to GOP ideas. However, most Republicans are still in the "no" column.
Green Energy Scores Big In Obama's Stimulus Plan
President Obama says his $825 billion economic package includes tens of billions of dollars to remake the country's electricity industry into a greener enterprise. He also says it will double the amount of alternative energy produced in the next three years.
Are British Banks Sound As A Pound?
The phrase "sound as a pound" traditionally has meant something is as reliable as the British currency. After all, the government stands behind its currency. But, a number of British banks have been at least partially nationalized by the government at a time when they are not inspiring much confidence. Philip Coggan of The Economist magazine says the banking system is a mess.
Immigration Debate Roils Children's Health Bill
The Senate is debating a measure that would extend and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The bill passed the House on Jan. 14, but it may be hung up in the Senate because Republicans are outraged that it repeals a waiting period for the children of legal immigrants to qualify.
Karaoke Videos Teach Safe Water Techniques
Drinking water in Cambodia carries many risks. Many of the nation's wells and rivers contain bacteria, parasites and pesticides. However, there are ways to avoid unsafe water. Villagers are learning about safe drinking water through karaoke videos that combine stories of love with information about the dangers of arsenic and bacteria in some hand-dug wells.
Jimmy Carter: 'Start Early' For Peace In Mideast
The former president expressed confidence that if peace talks are held soon, they will be meaningful. Nearly 30 years after he brokered a treaty between Israel and Egypt, Carter has written a new book about his quest for peace in the Middle East.
'The Graveyard Book' Wins Newbery Medal
The American Library Association has given the prestigious Newbery Medal for children's literature to Neil Gaiman for his novel The Graveyard Book. It's the story of a boy raised by the ghostly inhabitants of a cemetery.
Switch To Digital TV May Be Delayed Until June
Just three weeks before the switch to digital TV, the Senate has passed a bill delaying the transition by four months. If the House agrees, viewers would have extra time to prepare for the shift. The government mandated the change to give public safety officials more room on the airwaves and to improve viewing quality. But many households are not ready for the Feb. 17 transition date — particularly poor, elderly and rural families.
Thousands Of Workers Begin Week With Layoffs
Several big names in corporate America announced layoffs Monday. Pfizer, Caterpillar, Sprint Nextel, Home Depot and Texas Instruments said they were cutting thousands of positions. So far this year, nearly 200,000 jobs have been eliminated.
Ding Dong: New Sales Reps Answer Avon's Call
Avon was the perfect job for many of America's homemakers back in the bucolic '50s. Now, a new generation of women hopes Avon, as well as Mary Kay Cosmetics, will offer some financial stability in this hard-hit economy. During a downturn, customers still spend money on personal care items.