Two Republicans debate legalizing same-sex marriage Brian McClung, an aide to former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, supports legalizing same-sex marriage. Fritz Knaak, a former Republican state senator, oposes it. They debated the issue with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.6:50 a.m.
Budget talks to highlight the Capitol agenda With just two weeks left in the legislative session, conference-committee negotiations will heat up on several key budget bills. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol reporters, Tim Pugmire, about the week ahead for state lawmakers.7:20 a.m.
Minnesota solar power gets new boost from lawmakers Minnesota utilities already are replacing coal-fired power plants with windmills, prompted by the state's landmark 2007 Next Generation Energy Act. Now, state legislators have introduced bills in the House and Senate that would increase the use of solar systems in homes and businesses.8:25 a.m.
Kerry's Visit To Russia A Chance To Talk Syria, Mend Fences
Secretary of State John Kerry sets off for what he calls "a long overdue" trip to Russia on Monday, and Syria is likely to top the agenda. But U.S.-Russian relations are frosty these days. The U.S. is imposing targeted sanctions on Russian human rights violators, while Moscow is preventing American families from adopting Russian children.
'Bertha' Does The Heavy Lifting In Seattle Tunnel Project
The world's largest tunnel boring machine in a few months will begin digging a new double-decker highway tunnel under downtown Seattle. If all goes according to plan, Bertha will start digging this summer. It'll emerge again late next year on the other side of downtown, not far from the Space Needle.
Mariela Castro Wins Gay-Rights Advocacy Award
Over the weekend in Philadelphia, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro received an award for her gay rights advocacy. To understand the significance of Mariela Castro's honor, you have to go back to the 1960's when gay people were sent to forced labor camps.
Parents' Saliva On Pacifiers Could Ward Off Baby's Allergies
Instead of rinsing off the pacifier when it falls out of your baby's mouth, new research suggests that sucking it clean for them could help keep them from developing eczema and asthma. Researchers say the harmless bacteria in parents' saliva works by stimulating the babies' immune system.
Young Girls May Get More 'Teaching Time' From Parents Than Boys Do
In elementary school, girls often outperform boys on reading and math tests. Many factors shape academic performance, but two economists say one reason for the disparity might be that parents spend more time reading with girls and teaching them the alphabet and numbers.
Warren Buffett Welcomes Berkshire Shareholders To Omaha
The topics discussed during a five-hour question-and-answer session Saturday included: Berkshire Hathaway's increased size and who will take over as CEO when Buffett, 82, steps down. While admitting the company's expansion has changed things, Buffet demurred when it came to succession specifics.
eBay CEO: Web Sales Tax Would Create 'Administrative Burden'
David Greene talks to eBay CEO John Donahoe about the political battle over online sales tax. On Monday, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would end the free ride that consumers have enjoyed when shopping online. The Marketplace Fairness Act would require online retailers to collect sales tax from customers, and pay them to states where customers live — just like brick and mortar stores.
Spice Girls Musical To Close Early
The London show will close in June after just six months on the stage. Scathing reviews and terrible ticket sales are to blame. The show reportedly has lost more than $7 million.