Gambling revenue from e-pulltabs falls victim to old-school habits New electronic pulltab gambling is falling far short of its promise. Some blame cost, others say the games aren't as much fun. But behind the scenes, the games are becoming a casualty of the battle between old school paper pulltab suppliers and the internet-driven upstarts trying to reboot the industry.6:45 a.m.
Gophers hiring after firing Tubby Smith The University of Minnesota is in the market for a new head coach for its men's basketball team. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, for his thoughts on Tubby Smith's firing and who might be the next coach of the team.7:20 a.m.
Supreme Court sidewalk campers hope for seats at same-sex marriage arguments Later this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing two days of arguments about the future of same-sex marriage in America. Members of the public are allowed to sit in on arguments, first come, first served. So people have been lining up for days on Capitol Hill, sleeping on the pavement to save their space.7:25 a.m.
Lawmakers have much left to do in session 2013 MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with three veteran political reporters, Paul Demko of Politics in Minnesota and Capitol Report, Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Minnesota Public Radio Capitol reporter Tom Scheck to assess the legislative session so far.7:40 a.m.
In First Of 2 Gay-Marriage Cases, Court Turns To Proposition 8
The justices on Tuesday hear a case that stems from a constitutional challenge to the California ban on same-sex marriage that was enacted by voter initiative in 2008. And on Wednesday, the court hears a challenge to the federal law that bars the U.S. government from recognizing gay marriages.
Sequester Forces National Parks To Cut Costs
The National Parks Service is among the federal agencies starting to feel the pain of across-the-board budget cuts. The service is trying to cut spending this spring, rather than in the summer when most visitors tour parks.
Sellout Crowd To Watch U.S., Mexico Play Soccer
The U.S. and Mexico have a long rivalry on the soccer field. They take the field again Tuesday in a game that holds political, cultural and competitive importance. It's a World Cup qualifier.
Drought Limits Corn Cob Pipe Comeback
The Missouri Meerschaum factory in Washington, Mo., is the only place in the world that manufactures corn cob pipes made famous by such historical figures as Mark Twain and General Douglas MacArthur. Sales at the company have grown over the last two years, but that number could have been higher if not for last year's drought.
Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Attracts Other States' Interest
Arkansas is proposing to enroll people newly eligible for Medicaid in the same private insurance plans available to individuals and small businesses. It's caught the attention of several other Republican-run states that had been holding out on the Medicaid expansion.
New Atlantic City Casino Files For Bankruptcy
The Revel Casino isn't even a year old yet but Monday it filed for bankruptcy. The move will turn over control to lenders. The hope is that the casino can get rid of more than a billion dollars in debt. But it's not lights out for the glitzy Revel, the casino along with its hotel, theaters, restaurants and night clubs will remain open during the financial restructuring.
Ford Unit Apologizes For Demeaning Ads
Ford has said it is sorry for print ads depicting three bound and gagged women stuffed in the trunk of an Indian-made compact car. The ads, created by an Indian agency, were never distributed commercially, and were apparently not intended for release.
Opposition Blocks Return-Free Tax Filing In U.S.
In some countries, taxpayers can sign up to receive a tax bill. There was an effort to bring return-free filing to the U.S. but it came up against stiff opposition. David Greene talks to ProPublica's Liz Day about her report on return-free filing. ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
Business Uses Ambulance Perk For Fast Rides
According to reports, ads have started popping up online offering rides around Moscow in ambulances for $200 an hour. Police are keeping a close eye on emergency vehicles after recently stopping one that had the interior of a high-end limousine. The people inside were not medical personnel.