Legislators balk at $500M request from Mayo to aid expansion When Minnesota lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Tuesday to focus on a two-year budget, they will also weigh whether to approve the Mayo Clinic's request for $500 million to support its $3 billion expansion plan. Lawmakers say they want to help the hospital and clinic system grow, but some have concerns about the size of its funding request and the overall financing plan.6:45 a.m.
Sellout crowd braves chill at Twins' opening day A sellout crowd braved near-freezing temperatures at Target Field on Monday to watch the Minnesota Twins open the 2013 season against the Detroit Tigers. The Twins lost 4-2 in the earliest outdoor season home opener in team history. The cold may have slowed the Twins batters, but many fans didn't seem to mind the chilly weather.7:20 a.m.
Letters from a Minnesota soldier in the Civil War The next installment of our journey with a Civil War soldier from Minnesota finds him in a slow time between battles. Our guide as we trace Edward Bassett's Civil War experience 150 years later is historian Annette Atkins.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Judicial Vacancies Languish On Key Federal Appeals Court
The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., is sometimes called the second most important court in the country, regularly delivering the final word on major environmental, labor and national security cases. But four of its 11 judge's slots are vacant, the most in the nation.
Budget Cuts Silence Some Air Traffic Control Towers
David Greene talks to Yvette Aehle, director of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, about her plans to shut down the airport's air traffic control tower. Because of sequestration, the FAA will no longer pay for air traffic controllers at 144 smaller airports.
When You're Mixed Race, Just One Box Is Not Enough
While being forced to tick a single box for "race" has never been a problem for George Washington III, who is black, his mixed-race children see it differently. And for Dave Kung, being allowed to check two races on the U.S. Census form for the first time prompted an unexpected outpouring of emotion.
Afghanistan, Pakistan Struggle To Find Common Ground
Relations between the two countries have long been problematic but seemed to be turning a corner a few months ago. Now, they are at it again: After a series of diplomatic miscues, each country is accusing the other of hindering peace talks with the Taliban.
There's A Spike In H1B Visa Applications
Monday marked the start of the application period for H1B visas — those are the work permits granted to 85,000 skilled foreigners each year. Many of them work in the high-tech industry. And for the first time since the financial crisis hit in 2008, the quotas for the H1B are expected to be filled in a single week.
States Propose Crackdowns On Copper Theft
Nearly half the states are considering legislation aimed at getting tough on copper thieves. Copper prices remain near historic highs, making everything from telephone wire to plumbing a target, and lawmakers want to make it harder for thieves to sell the stolen metal.
Spanish Businessman Sells Mattress Safe
Paco Santos' mattress company started selling My Mattress Savings Bank last month. The price tag is a little more than $1,000. His initial supply sold out in just 24 hours.
Novartis Ruling Reverberates Past India's Borders
India's Supreme Court says drug maker Novartis can't hold onto its patent for the pricey cancer drug Gleevec simply by tweaking its chemical formula. That means generic drug makers can keep making a form of the drug at a tenth of Novartis's price. Consumer advocates call it a major advance for access to generic drugs. The drug industry says it will chill companies' willingness to produce innovative products.