Tough job market even tougher for those with disabilities It's the job of state employment counselors to make sure that Minnesotans with disabilities have as good a chance of getting a job as anyone else. But the economic recession is making their mission much more difficult.7:25 a.m.
Art Hounds: Week of April 2 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.8:25 a.m.
Twins betting that knuckleballs will dance in the Metrodome The Minnesota Twins begin their final season at the Metrodome on Monday. The unique environment under the dome has provided the Twins with some clear home-field advantages. This year, the team is hoping that the Metrodome's climate-controled sterility will create another edge, as a haven for the knuckleballs thrown by Twins relief pitcher R.A. Dickey.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
G-20 Leaders Set Out To Tackle Global Recession
President Obama believes the emergency G-20 economic summit will produce a significant agreement to tackle the deepening global recession. The meeting is portrayed as a debate between people who want to fix the immediate problem, and those who want long-term reform.
S.C. Gov. Sanford Being Pressured To Take Stimulus
The formal deadline for states to accept money from the federal stimulus package is Friday. Some Republican governors say they'll turn down part of their states' share. The list includes Sarah Palin in Alaska, Bobby Jindal in Louisiana and Mark Sanford in South Carolina. In Sanford's case, his decision to reject the money has led to criticism even from many in his own party.
Some Question Cuts In Out-Of-State Tuition
Many public colleges and universities have cut or eliminated out-of-state tuition in an effort to keep enrollment up and broaden diversity. But critics say in-state students who need access to an affordable education are being hurt by the shift.
Hard Conversations About College And Money
The latest estimates on the average cost of college from the National Center for Education Statistics is more than $11,000 for public schools and $28,000-plus at private institutions. Those price tags combined with a troubled economy mean high school seniors and their families are making tough choices about paying for college. Youth Radio's William Nelligan is one of them.
Cancer Debt: The Hidden Costs Beyond Insurance
When Susan Braig found out she had breast cancer, she assumed her health insurance would cover the costs. Instead, her treatment left her $40,000 in debt. A new study finds that having insurance is no guarantee that cancer won't bankrupt you.
Women Pay The Price For Health Insurance
Women are more likely than men to see a doctor when they're ill. And in most states, women pay a price for it. California and several other states are now considering legislation to ban the use of gender for individual policies.
Boeing Counting On India For Revenue
Earlier this week, the aircraft manufacturer opened a research center in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. It will employ scientists and engineers, and partner with Indian universities and government agencies. Boeing also expects to deliver about 100 planes to India in the next few years. It's also competing for billions of dollars worth of Indian military projects.
GM, Ford Copy Hyundai's Recession Incentive
As automakers desperately try to entice consumers into showrooms, the South Korean automaker Hyundai seems to have found a successful formula. And now, some U.S. companies are copying it.
Driver Technique Matters With Plug-In Hybrids
The Energy Department has been testing plug-in hybrid cars. Road tests indicate the cars have gotten far lower mileage than expected. However, proponents say drivers need to be trained to take full advantage of the technology.