DFL bill easing absentee, early voting introduced at Capitol On the heels of a failed Republican-backed constitutional amendment that would have required Minnesotans to present photo identification at the polls, Democrats in the Minnesota Senate have introduced legislation designed to make voting easier through early voting.6:20 a.m.
Purple Caucus aims to foster bipartisan cooperation When you mix red and blue, you get purple. Some Minnesota lawmakers hope that is a potent blend which results in less polarized politics. Yesterday, DFL Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Republican Sen. Jeremy Miller of Winona launched the bipartisan "Purple Caucus" saying it is time for both parties to come together. Miller discussed the new caucus with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:25 a.m.
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Residents of a village in southern China are demanding democratic elections in a new standoff with authorities. The farmers of Shangpu say armed thugs sent by their own village chief attacked the community to pave the way for a new factory on their land.
For Baby Boomers, Lessons In Financial Basics
The generation that came of age in the 1960s is beginning to retire. Born after World War II, they grew up in an era of rising living standards, but the Great Recession destroyed any sense of financial security. Now they face challenges, including putting their kids through college and caring for their parents.
AnnaBelle Bowers, NPR Series Interviewee, Dies At 87
In our personal finance series last spring, we met three families who were taking care of school-age or college-aged kids, and caring for an aging relative. It was three generations under one roof. Steve Inskeep reports that one of the people we met in that series, 87-year-old AnnaBelle Bowers, or Snootzie as she was called, died over the weekend.
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As Fox's American Idol moves through its 12th season, it's hard to remember this show was once so popular it clobbered any new series scheduled against it. With ratings down almost 50 percent from its height, the brightest star is new judge Nicki Minaj — because she might understand the show better than anyone. TV critic Eric Deggans explains.
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Skipping Out On College And 'Hacking Your Education'
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