Minn. economy improves, but not greatly The upshot of the state budget forecast is that the shape of Minnesota's economy remains positive and continues to outperform the nation overall, but not greatly.7:20 a.m.
Georgia, Ala. Immigration Laws Challenged In Court
A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in legal challenges to tough new state immigration laws in Alabama and Georgia. The Justice Department and civil rights groups have sued. At issue are both civil rights violations, and whether states can constitutionally engage in immigration enforcement.
Congress Works To Mend Economy, Approval Ratings
House Majority leader Eric Cantor is pushing a package of small business bills that also has the support of President Obama. The rare instance of cooperation could mark a change in strategy for the House following historically low approval numbers for Congress and rising poll numbers for the president.
My First Crush: A Love Letter To Davy Jones
The Monkees might not have been a critical favorites, but for Morning Edition's Kitty Eisele, the band looms large in her memories of childhood: Singer Davy Jones was her first crush. He died Wednesday at the age of 66. Have a favorite memory of Jones? Let us know in the comments.
In Mock Village, A New Afghan Mission Takes Shape
U.S. forces intend to stay in Afghanistan through 2014. But they are preparing to launch a new approach that would put Afghan troops in the lead when it comes to fighting the Taliban. These American advisers are currently being trained at an Army base in Louisiana.
For India's Undocumented Citizens, An ID At Last
Hundreds of millions of poor Indians have never had proper identification documents, which makes it difficult to do many things in a rapidly modernizing country. A high-tech government project is starting to fix that.
Officials Look For Signs Of Al-Qaida Surge In Syria
Intelligence officials aren't entirely sure how large a role, at this point, al-Qaida is playing in the Syrian uprising and whether it has ties to the opposition at all. What they seem more certain of is that al-Qaida has a presence there and will try to make itself relevant again by exploiting it.
Race For Hong Kong's Next Leader Heats Up
Later this month, an election will be held to select Hong Kong's next chief executive. The race has been tarnished with accusations of extramarital affairs and conflicts of interest. As the local press put it: Beijing has lost control of the puppet strings.
Bernanke: Economic Growth Is Uneven, Modest
On Capitol Hill Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke mentioned some positive developments on the economic front — including a decline in the jobless rate. But he added long-term unemployment is still a big concern.
Microsoft Goes Mobile With Windows 8
Available later this year, Microsoft's Windows 8 is an operating system designed for mobile computing. It's built for a world of tablets and touch, and represents a huge departure for a company struggling to keep up with Apple and Google in mobile technology.
Final Day For Greeks To Swap Drachmas For Euros
Beginning Friday, the Bank of Greece will stop exchanging drachma notes for euros. The deadline comes at an uncertain time for Greeks, who worry that their country's debt crisis could eventually force it out of the eurozone.