Delayed payments balances books, but burden schools Gov. Dayton and Republican legislative leaders may resort to delaying more payments to Minnesota's public schools as a way to close a $5 billion projected budget gap. That's one tactic that both sides have floated as part of the budget solution. It saves costs to the state, but adds more burden to the school districts.8:45 a.m.
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'Spillover' Violence From Mexico: Trickle Or Flood?
The U.S.-Mexico borderlands are rife with rumors of spillover violence from Mexico's savage drug war — from beheaded oilfield workers to gangs taking over Texas ranches — but authorities disagree on the actual threat.
A Yacht, A Mustache: How A President Hid His Tumor
In the summer of 1893 and at the beginning of an economic depression, President Grover Cleveland disappeared for four days to have secret surgery on a yacht. Author Matthew Algeo recounts the episode, and the lengths Cleveland went to to cover it up, in The President Is a Sick Man.
Jury Acquits Casey Anthony In Murder Case
For more than two years, television and talk radio pundits have been fixated on the Casey Anthony murder trial. The 25-year-old mom was accused of killing her two-year-old daughter and then lying about it for months. On Tuesday, jurors in an Orlando courtroom agreed she is not guilty.
Election Dispute Deadlocks Afghan Government
Afghan parliamentarians are struggling to hold a unified line against what they see as an unconstitutional push by President Karzai to overturn 25 percent of last September's parliamentary elections. The continuing deadlock has tarnished all sides and exposed the fragility of Afghan democracy.
GOP Presidential Candidates Define Foreign Policy
Steve Inskeep talks to Republican strategist Charlie Black about the foreign policy of the GOP frontrunners in the 2012 campaign. Strategy in the Middle East, Libya and Afghanistan already has divided the candidates as few other issues have. Black advised John McCain's presidential campaign.
EPA To Approve Gas Containing 15 Percent Ethanol
U.S. regulators plan to approve the fuel to help reduce the use of foreign oil. Rep. James Sensenbrenner has introduced legislation to block the new fuel. He says it could damage vehicles. The EPA says the new blend is only for newer cars and light trucks and won't harm vehicles built in 2001 or later.
Montana Assesses Oil Spill In Yellowstone River
Cleanup continues as Exxon Mobile tries to determine the scope of the oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River. Rising waters due to snow melt could make it difficult for crews to get to some affected areas. Last week, a 12-inch pipeline carrying crude oil burst upstream of a refinery in Billings.
Fun Park Owner On A Roller-Coaster Ride
A power struggle for control of Cedar Fair, which controls several of America's best-known amusement parks, comes to a head Thursday. Small shareholders might be the deciding factor in the Ohio-based company's fate.
Justin Bieber Doesn't Click With 'Vanity Fair' Readers Vanity Fair put teen idol Justin Bieber on the cover of its February issue. Bieber tops the pop charts, and has 10 million followers on Twitter. But that February issue is on track to be the magazines worst-selling issue in 12 years.
At U.S. Nuclear Reactors, Crews Train For The Worst
Every nuclear power plant in the U.S. has control room simulators where crews practice handling a variety of accidents and disaster scenarios. Though practicing in a controlled environment is crucial, some experts say training is no match for truly catastrophic accidents like the massive tsunami and flooding that struck Fukushima Dai-ichi in Japan.