Fear of shutdown grows each day for state workers State employees will start receiving layoff notices in the mail as early as today. Many of the 36,000 employees are wondering whether they'll continue working in July, when the government will shut down if a deal isn't reached.6:50 a.m.
Bruininks to present U of M budget, though state aid remains uncertain University of Minnesota president Robert Bruininks will present next year's budget to the school's of board of regents Friday, even though he doesn't know how much state aid the university will get because of the budget impasse between Gov. Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature.6:55 a.m.
Panel Questions Panetta Over Afghan War, Budget
President Obama's nominee to head the Pentagon faced plenty of questions from senators at his confirmation hearing on Thursday. Leon Panetta is currently the Director of the CIA and is expected to be easily confirmed as Defense secretary.
World Waits For Gadhafi's Regime To Collapse
More than 30 countries belong to the Contact Group on Libya, and they're trying to find a way to end Moammar Gadhafi's hold on power. Oliver Miles, who served as the British Ambassador to Libya in the 1980s, tells Steve Inskeep that there's no evidence that the collapse of Gadhafi's regime is imminent.
Tropical Disease Buzzes Back Into U.S.
Seven decades after public health officials thought they'd eradicated dengue fever, the disease has once again become a scourge in Florida. More than 90 cases have been reported there since 2009. The stakes are high: The same mosquito that carries dengue is also a vector for yellow fever.
'Super 8' Leaves Little To Get Excited About Super 8 is the story of what happens when half a dozen middle school kids from Ohio set out to create a student short and end up enmeshed in something much bigger and scarier. Steven Spielberg is the film's producer and it was written and directed by J.J. Abrams.
How To Put A New Element On The Periodic Table
Two new elements were officially added to the periodic table this month, after being approved by an international panel. The complicated process took years; now elements 114 and 116 just need official names.
Sony Ready To Move Past Hackers, Losses
The company that introduced the world to the Walkman reported its biggest annual loss in more than 15 years — partly due to a major hacker attack and the Japanese tsunami. But Sony just unveiled its newest products, and company executives and analysts agree that Sony must make a few changes to improve its prospects.
The Comedian Who Ran For Mayor
"I just invented a new political party," John Gnarr says. "I was not drunk or anything." He called his party the "Best Party." Because what could be better than the best party?
Japanese Utility Asks Customers To Conserve
One of Japan's biggest electric utilities is asking customers to cut power use during peak times this summer. Kansai Electric in Western Japan relies heavily on nuclear power. But many nuclear power plants are still shut down for inspections following the Fukushima disaster.
Japan's Economy Begins To Recover After Crises
Japan's economy is doing better than the government initially estimated in the first quarter. Kenneth Cukier, of The Economist, talks to Linda Wertheimer about why that is, and what challenges remain as the country rebuilds from March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Bilingual Rapper Shing02 Debuts New Song On iTunes
There's a Japanese-American underground rap scene. A new song in the niche market has been released on iTunes. "Luv(sic) part 4" is by Japanese-born, Calif.-based Shingo Annen. He's also known as Shing02.