Ramsey County reboots tax plan for Vikings stadium Ramsey County is dropping its countywide sales tax plan to help pay for an Arden Hills stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, and is instead proposing new user fees and parking lot naming rights.7:35 a.m.
Seed scarcity could stall corn farmers eager to plant After a year of extraordinary profits pushed by high corn prices, Minnesota farmers are looking forward to planting season. But hopes of another strong season may be threatened by a scarcity of seed corn.7:45 a.m.
Catholics Split Over Obama Contraceptive Order
Catholics are swing voters, and polls show a narrow majority think women employed by Catholic hospitals and universities should have access to contraceptive coverage through their health plans. But the GOP presidential hopefuls are framing the issue as a question of religious freedom.
Nuclear Safety, Cost Issues Loom As U.S. OKs Reactor
Southern Co. will build the reactors at its Vogtle site in Georgia. An industry-backed group hopes it's the first wave of new reactors, but a coalition of groups plans to sue to stop the project. Among its arguments: Engineers are still figuring out what went wrong at the Fukushima meltdown in Japan last year.
Miramonte Reopens, Previous Staff On Paid Leave
Miramote Elementary School in Los Angeles is open again but with an entirely new faculty and staff. Two former teachers there are charged with sex abuse and lewd acts with students. Some parents were happy with the clean sweep, but others thought removing everyone from the school was too drastic.
Ousted Maldives President Championed Environment
There is political trouble in the Indian Ocean nation of Maldives. President Mohamed Nasheed was ousted earlier this week. Novelist Hari Kunzru, a long time acquaintance of Nasheed, talks to Steve Inskeep about what Nasheed stood for.
Rebellious Syrian City Of Homs Pelted By Rocket Fire
Activists and human rights groups in Syria contend the government has now killed hundreds of civilians in just this week alone. It's hard to verify that number, but it is clear that mortars, rockets and tanks continue firing into the city of Homs. The gunfire has served as a week-long punctuation mark on the United Nation's failure to approve a resolution against Syria.
U.S. Marines Set Up Asia Pacific Base In Australia
In April, the first company of U.S. Marines will deploy to northern Australia. The training facility there replaces U.S. bases in the Philippines that closed in the early 1990s. It will be one of the largest combined arms training facilities in the world.
LinkedIn Profits Exceed Wall Streets Expectations
LinkedIn reported its fourth quarter profits jumped to about $7 million Thursday. The young Internet company has positioned itself as a jobs and career networking site. It makes money not just from ads, but also companies and recruiters pay fees to access profiles on its site.
Obama To Release Fiscal 2013 Budget Next Week
President Obama will unveil his budget for the next fiscal year on Monday. To find out more about the budget proposal, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal.
L.A. Revises Rules For Playing On Beaches
Los Angeles County recently updated a year-round ban on the throwing of Frisbees and footballs on its beaches. Now those activities are only restricted between Memorial Day and Labor Day. People who violate the rule face a maximum fine of $500.