Republicans introduce a new Vikings stadium funding proposal Republicans at the Legislature are taking a different approach to financing a Vikings stadium. On Tuesday, they threw a monkey wrench into the month's long negotiations between the team, the governor, the city of Minneapolis and a bipartisan group of legislators. They announced their own plan that is radically different from the one being talked about at the Capitol for months.
Tom Scheck discussed the proposal with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:20 a.m.
Guard works to help servicemembers find work More than 500 National Guard members woke up at home this morning for the first time in more than a year. In the next few months, they'll reclaim their civilian lives.7:25 a.m.
Jury deliberates the fate of Amy Senser The jury in the Amy Senser hit and run trial is expected to resume its deliberations later this morning. Senser has been charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong last August as he stood next to his stalled car on the side of a freeway exit ramp. The wife of former Viking Joe Senser testified that she didn't know she had struck someone.
To get a conviction on the first felony count, the prosecution had to prove that Senser did know she hit someone. To get a conviction on the second count, the prosecution needed to prove that not only did she know it, but she also failed to report it as soon as reasonably possible.
Joe Tamburino is a Minneapolis defense attorney who has practiced in criminal law for almost 20 years. He has tried over 70 jury trials. He was in the courtroom for some of the Senser trial, and he discussed the case with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:40 a.m.
Bin Laden's Legacy Inspires Pakistani Extremists
The legacy of the terrorist leader in Pakistan is mixed. Overall, support for his al-Qaida movement is down, according to opinion polls, but he remains a revered figure among militants. And the U.S. raid that killed him is still a source of friction between the U.S. and Pakistan.
Obama Accused Of Politicizing Bin Laden's Death
It should be no surprise that President Obama would tout the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as part of his re-election campaign. But when he added a critique of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, critics pounced.
Presidential Election Protest In Egypt Turns Deadly
Islamist protesters, unhappy their candidate was among several people disqualified from the election, held a demonstration outside the Defense Ministry. Five people were killed and more than 100 people were wounded in fighting that involved sticks, stones, batons and bullets.
Occupy Movement Marks May Day With Protests
The Occupy protest movement was out in force Tuesday. May 1 is traditionally a day for labor demonstrations. For the most part, the demonstrations were noisy and theatrical but restrained.
Texas Battling Pollution From Poultry Production
Americans are now consuming more chicken than beef or pork. To help meet the demand, Texas has become the sixth biggest state in poultry production. But more chickens mean more waste, and more pollution.
DOJ Downplays Expectation For Hate Crimes Law
In 2009, Congress passed a federal hate crimes law to make it easier for the Justice Department to prosecute people who target victims because of race, religion and sexual orientation. Federal prosecutors have used the new hate crimes law just nine times so far.
UBS Profits Drop 54 Percent In 1st Quarter
The drop is blamed on a decrease in investment banking income, and because of an accounting charge on its debt. UBS is not alone, last week rival Credit Suisse announced a 95 percent drop in first quarter profits.
Pfizer Settles Suit Involving Celebrex
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Brigham Young University over the creation of the prescription pain reliever Celebrex. A jury trial had been scheduled to start later this month.