A business plan to end long-term homelessness Two years ago, Gov. Pawlenty announced an ambitious plan to end long-term homelessness in Minnesota by the year 2010. State officials say the plan is on track to achieve its goal, although there are plenty of challenges ahead.6:50 a.m.
Thousands of immigrants march for rights An estimated 30,000 immigrants and their
supporters massed outside the Capitol on Sunday afternoon to call for legal rights. Nationwide demonstrations are expected to continue on Monday.7:20 a.m.
Bonding, taxes ahead this week at the state Capitol
Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief Laura McCallum speaks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the week ahead at the state Capitol.7:25 a.m.
A cycling mecca gets lessons on becoming more bike friendly Minnesota and the Twin Cities are bicycling meccas. We consistently get high marks from cyclists around the country for our system of trails. But we have a ways to go before we match the bicycling mania that grips the residents of Munster, Germany.7:50 a.m.
Monday Markets with Chris Farrell
Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest on Wall Street with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Reports: U.S. Military Plans for Strike Against Iran The Washington Post is one news organization reporting that the Bush Administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran. The attacks would be part of a broader strategy to try to pressure Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear development program. Renee Montagne talks to Post reporter Dafna Linzer.
Iraq Rattled by Egyptian Comments on Civil War
Iraqi political leaders are riled by comments from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak suggesting Iraq's Shiites are loyal to Iran and that the country is close to civil war. Meanwhile, efforts to form a government remain stalled, as Sunni Arab politicians reaffirm their opposition to Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
Storm-Related Tax Deductions Confound Rita Victims
The IRS provides a deduction for people who house hurricane evacuees. Many people in southwest Louisiana who opened their homes to Katrina evacuees were forced to evacuate themselves, less than 30 days later, for Hurricane Rita. This means they don't qualify for the deduction.
Oregon Tax Surplus Won't Close Funding Gap
Oregon has a much needed state surplus of $700 million in unanticipated tax revenue. But because of a one-of-a-kind Oregon law, taxpayers will receive refunds. That's even though the state has a $172 million funding gap in its human services division, and will be closing some public schools this fall. Colin Fogarty from Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.
Gauging the Benefits of a Living Wage in L.A.
In 1997, Los Angeles became one of the first U.S. cities to pass a living wage law. It raised pay and benefits for those who work for the city or for businesses that contract with the city. Some workers have seen a rise in their living standards.
Skilling to Testify at Enron Trial
Jeffrey Skilling, Enron's former CEO, is expected to take the witness stand in Houston. Skilling and his boss, Ken Lay, claim they didn't do anything illegal to cause the collapse of Enron. And Skilling is expected to testify that he didn't know about the illegal actions of finance-chief Andrew Fastow.
Netflix Challenges Blockbuster over Online Rentals
Online DVD rental services that deliver movies by mail are growing quickly, with more than 5 million subscribers nationwide. Now the company that pioneered the business, Netflix, is accusing Blockbuster of trying to copy its patented Internet business model.
Hundreds of Thousands March for Immigrant Rights
Immigration law protests continue around the country, even as the Senate bill to change the law is stalled in Congress. Marches over the weekend took place in many cities, including Dallas, San Diego and Miami. More are planned for Monday, including a large rally in Washington, D.C.