MN House Speaker talks budgets, guns and marriage Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to release his revised budget proposal today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen about the state budget, gun proposals, and same sex marriage.7:20 a.m.
Minnesota minimum wage hike cheered by workers; employers critical A bill raising minimum wage in Minnesota would make it the highest of any state in the country and has cleared its final committee in the state House. Some economists say the effect of a minimum wage hike on the overall economy is negligible, but will likely make big difference in the lives of minimum wage workers and their employers.8:45 a.m.
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Election Of Pope Francis Could Signal New Start For Church
Roman Catholics woke up Thursday with a new pope — the first non-European supreme pontiff since the early centuries of Christianity. The Argentine chose the name Francis, never before used by any other pope. That could signal the start of a new chapter for the crisis-ridden church.
Argentina Reacts To Pope Francis
Renee Montagne speaks with Hugh Bronstein, a Thomson Reuters correspondent in Buenos Aires, about what the election of Pope Francis means to Argentines.
A Retired Chicago Cop's Second Act Is At A Barbershop
After nearly 30 years on the Chicago police force, Richard Piña, 69, now owns Rich's Den in Calumet City, Ill. He had other businesses during his police career — hair salons, a taco stand, a rooming house. "I don't want to say I was an entrepreneur, but I was a hustler," he says.
Fla. Lieutenant Governor Resigns Amid Probe Of Internet Cafe
In Florida, an investigation into storefront Internet gambling parlors has forced the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who is stepping down because of her involvement with a group called Allied Veterans of the World. The group runs dozens of what it calls "Internet cafes" — storefront operations where people essentially gamble using electronic slot machines.
Controversies Over CPAC Reflect GOP's Woes
Conservative activists are gathering just outside Washington, D.C., on Thursday for the annual gathering known as CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference. A year ago, the group was riding high, confident in their ability to help the Republican Party defeat President Obama. Today, controversy over who's speaking at the conference and who's boxed out illustrate the woes confronting the GOP.
Samsung To Unveil Galaxy S4
Samsung is planning to unveil its new Galaxy S4 smartphone Thursday night in New York City, throwing down a new challenge to Apple's iPhone. The new Galaxy will be the flagship device on Google's Android platform, which dominates the smartphone market.
GM's Archive Offers Glimpse Of Its Past And Future
After more than 100 years of ups and downs, General Motors has a lot of history. Most of GM's history is in the form of cars — hundreds of actual individual cars. The company tries to keep at least two of each car in storage. NPR's Sonari Glinton went on a walk through GM's attic to find out about the company's past and future.
'Veronica Mars' Fans Set A Kickstarter Record
On Wednesday, the creator of the much-loved but relatively short-lived TV series Veronica Mars took to Kickstarter to raise money to make a movie version of the show. In less than 12 hours, fans pledged more than $2 million, smashing the site's records along the way.