State economist: Federal action buoyed state finances Minnesota's economic outlook has improved since the state's last budget forecast in November, but state officials continue to caution that the recovery will be slow-going, and various events could throw it off course.6:20 a.m.
No sign of compromise despite smaller deficit forecast Now that the state's budget forecast shows Minnesota with a $5 billion deficit for the next two years, Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers will sharpen their talking points to make their case to the general public.7:20 a.m.
China acquires technology in Cirrus deal Pending approval by the Chinese and U.S. governments, Duluth's Cirrus Aircraft expects to have a new China-based owner by the middle of the year. Cirrus announced the sale yesterday, but it didn't disclose the details. The buyer is the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company.8:40 a.m.
International Community Pressures Gadhafi To Leave
Demands are growing for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to stop attacking his opponents and step down. Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London was among three journalists that met Monday with the Libyan ruler for his first interview since protests broke out. Colvin talks to Renee Montagne about what Gadhafi had to say.
Arab Uprisings Delight, Disappoint Al Qaida
During the recent Arab uprisings, al Qaida has been significantly absent. Steve Inskeep talks with Brian Fishman about al Qaida's reaction to the anti-government protests. Fishman is a Counterterrorism Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and a Research Fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
Hearings Set To Root Out Cause Of Pipeline Explosion
This week federal investigators are preparing to hold hearings into the cause of the fatal blast in San Bruno, Calif., last September. Preliminary reports from federal investigators cast blame on defective welds in a 60-year-old pipeline.
Policing America's Vast Gas Pipeline System
There are 2.4 million miles of natural gas pipeline in the United States, and the number of serious gas pipeline incidents — the ones that end in death or injury — is on the decline. Still, there are plenty of problems.
Will U.S. Follow Withdrawal Deadline In Iraq?
Iraq's prime minister says there's no need for a continued U.S. military presence after the end of the year, but top American commanders aren't so sure. They say Iraqis still need help protecting their borders, building up an air force and learning how to operate and maintain equipment.
Future Cloudy As Palestinians Dissolve Peace Team
After the chief negotiator in the peace process with Israel resigned, President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the team that has provided legal and policy advice. The peacemaking apparatus had become deeply unpopular, but officials say it's now unclear who will represent them if talks resume.
Drilling Permit Awarded, German Economy Improves
The Obama administration has approved its first deep-water drilling permit since the BP oil spill last April. The permit was issued to Noble Energy. Meanwhile, the German employment office said the number of people of out work fell to its lowest level in nearly two decades.
South America's Middle Class Boosts Economies
South America's economies are growing at a fast clip. That's because more people in the middle class there are beginning to buy more. That in turn is helping drive growth, production and jobs.
Man Fired For Having Multiple Side Businesses
A clerk in Australia was fired for not declaring he had a second job. He also didn't declare his third, fourth or fifth jobs either. He reportedly ran an insulation business, a travel agency, an interpreting service and an immigration agency. The problem was he operated those businesses largely on his employer's time.