Immigration: Minnesota lawmakers try to balance path to citizenship with need for workers The White House says President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will focus on jobs and the economy, but the subject of overhauling the nation's immigration laws is almost certain to come up. It's an issue likely to dominate the Congressional agenda through the summer. With various proposals under discussion, Minnesota's delegates are taking stances on the issue.6:45 a.m.
One-on-one: Minnesota same-sex marriage debated The same-sex marriage debate at the Capitol is picking up steam this week. Jake Loesch of Minnesota United for All Families, which supports legalizing same-sex marriage, and opponent Jason Adkins of Minnesota for Marriage joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer in the studio.7:15 a.m.
Red Wing mayor defends sand mine lobbying job The Red Wing City Council is calling for an independent investigation into Mayor Dennis Egan's new position as executive director of a lobbying group for the silica sand industry.7:45 a.m.
Oakdale mother held son in arms after shooting Devin Aryal was riding home with his mother from day care when a man opened fire on their minivan, killing him, his mother Melissa said Tuesday. She looked in the backseat and saw the back windshield was broken and discovered her son slumped over and unconscious with a gunshot wound to his head.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Pope's Abdication Puts Church Into Uncharted Territory
Since Monday's announcement by Pope Benedict that he will step down, the world has been abuzz. Catholics and the rest of the world are grappling with the implications of the pope's stunning announcement that he will resign on Feb. 28.
L.A. Catholics Want Next Pope To Address Sex-Abuse Scandals
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the largest in the U.S. and Latinos make up a majority of its parishioners. Latino Catholics there are hopeful a new papacy will bring an end to the child sex-abuse scandals that have rocked the archdiocese.
Fixing Long Lines At The Polls May Be Harder Than You Think
President Obama is expected to once again address Election Day problems in his State of the Union address, this time with some possible solutions. But some worry that involving Congress will just make things worse. And one MIT professor says it's not yet clear what would fix the problem.
Conditions Allow For More Sustainable-Labeled Seafood
Most fisheries certified by the MSC system have conditions that spell out how they have to change their operations to comply with MSC standards. But they can still be labeled "certified sustainable seafood" even though they have years to comply.
More U.S. Mortgage Holders Keep Up With Payments
The credit reporting agency TransUnion says people who took on mortgages well after the housing bust are keeping up with their payments. In part, that's because lenders have tightened borrowing criteria.
Treasury Nominee's Citigroup Experience Raises Questions For Some
Jack Lew is known as a smart, unassuming budget wonk who has spent most of his career in government policy-making jobs. Lew, President Obama's nominee to be Treasury secretary, is expected to face questions about his management years at Citigroup before the government bailed out the banking giant.
Bookmakers Gamble On Next Pope
Gambling houses have placed odds on who might become the next leader of the Catholic world. At the top of the list of frontrunners are men not from Europe.
North Korea Admits It Carried Out Nuclear Test
North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it had successfully conducted a third nuclear test. It's an important step toward North Korea's goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile that could reach United States.
Catholics In Ghana, Mexico React To Pope's Resignation
The Catholic church continues to grow in Africa, and analysts say that there is a good chance the next pope will be from Africa. In Mexico, Catholicism remains the predominant religion though the percentage is falling.