DFLers say their education plan will close the achievement gap Minnesota House Democrats propose an ambitious agenda to improve public education by raising taxes and increasing funding for schools by $550 million. DFL leaders claim that within 14 years the plan will close the racial and economic achievement gaps. A House committee will hear the omnibus budget bill Wednesday.6:20 a.m.
SPCO reaches tentative deal; concerts could resume The musicians and management of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra labor dispute have reached a tentative deal. The musicians negotiating committee has agreed to recommend accepting a proposal that cuts salaries and the size of the orchestra but gives them more artistic control.6:50 a.m.
GOP senator looks at prospects for a bonding bill Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL controlled House both proposed large construction and infrastructure proposals this week. But they need to draw some Republican votes to get the required three-fifths majority in the legislature to pass them. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with GOP Sen. Dave Senjem about prospects for a bonding bill this year.7:20 a.m.
No consensus on where home prices headed If recent patterns hold, a report out Wednesday morning will likely show Twin Cities home prices continued to rise in March. In the past few months, prices have jumped as much as 16 percent over the same period last year. But real estate experts and professionals disagree on how long prices will continue to rise so sharply.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Hugo Chavez's Legacy Looms Over Venezuelan Election Morning Edition is in Venezuela ahead of Sunday's vote to elect a successor to the late President Hugo Chavez. Interim President Nicolas Maduro is running as Chavez's heir apparent. The opposition candidate is Henrique Capriles.
Immigration Protesters Aim For Rally To Motivate Lawmakers
Thousands of demonstrators backing more generous immigration rules are expected at a big rally on Capitol Hill Wednesday. They're demanding swift action by Congress. But while preliminary agreement has been reached on a range of immigration issues, it could be weeks before a bill appears in the Senate.
Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly
Almost 1 million people are employed in construction in Texas, but many have a hard time making a living safely. The state's construction industry has the highest fatality rate in the nation, while large numbers of undocumented workers have suppressed wages and made it easy for contractors to exploit laborers.
Mobile Clinic Looks Out For Detroit's Homeless
A new program in Detroit is targeting chronically homeless people who do not seek out medical help. A mobile medical team visits the homeless on their turf and aggressively follows up with these patients to help get them the medicine and care they need.
UConn Wins 8th National Championship Over Louisville
The University of Connecticut has won the women's NCAA basketball championship, beating Louisville 93-60. Louisville was trying to become just the second school to win both the men's and women's titles. But the Cards couldn't duplicate the Louisville men's championship from Monday night.
Some Public Defenders Warn: 'We Have Nothing Left To Cut'
Around the country, budget cuts are bringing some federal public defenders to the breaking point. "We can't not pay the rent, and ... everything else is personnel. We can't send a computer to court," says Washington, D.C., public defender A.J. Kramer.
Borrowers To Receive Robosigning Claim Checks
Starting this week, the nation's largest banks begin sending out checks to borrowers forced into home foreclosure during the robosigning scandal. More than 4 million people will receive payments ranging from $300 to $125,000, as part of settlements made with the federal government.
Ford Claims Top Spot In Global Sales Race
The Focus is the best-selling "nameplate" worldwide, followed by the Toyota Corolla, new data shows. Ford's sales have jumped in recent years as it dropped unsuccessful models and adopted a single global manufacturing system.
Businesses Seek Out 'Culture Of Health' Areas
Businesses looking to relocate are making the health of a state's population part of their decision-making process. One Fortune 500 CEO explains it can save millions in reduced health insurance claims and absenteeism. Colorado's economic development officials are already trying to improve the health and fitness of the next generation of workers in order to stay competitive.
Finland, The Neurogaming Capital Of The World?
That's the goal of an investment firm in Helsinki. That's the term for a video game controlled by brainwaves. The Wall Street Journal reports the agency is bringing together neuroscientists and game developers.