Same-sex marriage debate returns to Capitol The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota takes center stage today at the State Capitol when supporters gather for a St. Valentine's Day rally aimed at highlighting their cause. Lawmakers are preparing for the anticipated debate, even though actual legislation has not yet been introduced.6:45 a.m.
Impact of Dayton's tax plan worries local governments Gov. Mark Dayton's sales tax proposal is attracting attention for how it would lower the tax rate but expand it to more services. In addition to people and businesses, the tax changes would apply to cities and counties, which also have to pay the sales tax. Some officials say expanding the sales tax to services would put a dent in their budgets.7:45 a.m.
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In N.C., Obama Pushes For American Manufacturing
President Obama is spending a few days this week pushing his State of the Union message in cities across the country. He began the tour in North Carolina on Wednesday talking about manufacturing and the return of factory jobs.
Scorecard Guides Prospective Students With College Choices
The Obama administration has released an online scorecard to help prospective students assess the costs and value of attending individual colleges and universities. Renee Montagne talks to Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, about the issues the scorecard is trying to address, and what impact it might have.
Scientist Gets Research Donations From Crowd Funding
What do you do when you're a scientist and you have no job and no money for your research? If you're Ethan Perlstein, you try crowd funding. He raised $25,000 to investigate where the drug methamphetamine is stored in the brain.
Clashes Mark Bahrain's 2nd Anniversary Of Uprising
Thursday is the second anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain where tens of thousands took to the streets to demand political changes and greater equality for the island kingdom's Shiite majority. The uprising was put down by security forces aided by troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The government and opposition leaders have begun a dialogue but violence continue, especially in the Shiite towns and cities outside the capital, Manama.
No ID Yet On Charred Body Found After Police Manhunt
Authorities in Southern California released some new details Wednesday about the gunfight and fire that apparently ended the manhunt for fugitive former cop Christopher Dorner. He's accused of four murders. While authorities say their search for him is over, they still haven't positively identified the body.
Retirement Accounts Got Healthier Last Year
The nation's largest administrator of 401(k) accounts says the average account balance grew by 12 percent last year. Two-thirds of that growth is attributed to the surging stock market. The other factor is increased contributions from workers and their companies.
Lew Expected To Be Confirmed As Treasury Secretary
President Obama's nominee for Treasury Secretary Jack went before the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday. Lew appears headed toward confirmation by the full Senate. But he did get some pointed questions from Republicans about his stint as an executive at Citigroup.
When It Comes To Fashion, Shouldn't There Be An App For That?
In fashion's first hackathon, developers had just 24 hours to build an app for the industry — the finalists will be presented on the runway at New York's Fashion Week. "Right now the industry could really use some innovation," says Decoded Fashion founder Liz Bacelar.
Happy Valentine's Day, Don't Forget It's Tax Season
Just in time for Valentine's Day and tax filing season, the independent Tax Policy Center has updated its online marriage bonus and penalty calculator. The new numbers reflect the latest changes in the tax code. Couples considering a walk down the aisle might want to take a look at this before saying,"I do."