Report: Property taxes to go up most in south-central Minnesota It's been a week since a new budget was signed into law for the state of Minnesota, and we're still looking at how that budget is being implemented. Cities and counties around Minnesota predict property tax hikes and service cuts, because of the new state budget. The budget freezes state aid to local governments - locking in for the next two years cuts made during the Pawlenty administration. A report from the State House research department estimates those local governments together will raise property taxes by some $376 million as a result.8:45 a.m.
Political Gridlock Renews Calls For Third Party
Political gridlock. Dysfunctional Congress. Debt-ceiling debacle. Times like this have many Americans wondering why we're stuck with just two political parties. While several political entrepreneurs are trying to gin up a new party, more than a century of history tells us success is not likely.
Despite Interventions, No-Show Students Drop Out
Danny Lamont Jones (right) raised lots of red flags not long after he enrolled as an eighth-grader in a Baltimore school. He was quiet, struggling academically, and he didn't show up very often. It's unclear whether efforts to keep the 16-year-old in school will succeed.
McDonald's Courts Mom Bloggers
McDonald's is using social media and mom bloggers to reach people it considers to be "influencers." It's developing an invite-only community for the most influential bloggers — inviting them to behind-the-counter tours, visits to headquarters and trips to farms that supply the restaurant chain's food.
Frank Foster, Jazz Saxophonist And Arranger, Has Died
The reedman and composer/arranger, an NEA Jazz Master, was known best for his longtime association with the Count Basie Orchestra. The writer of "Shiny Stockings" was a direct link to the eras of bebop and big bands. He was 82.
Dunkin' Donuts Goes Public
The Massachusetts-based Dunkin Donuts chain goes public Wednesday, trying to become a national cult brand.
Reporter Makes Case For Ditching Debt Ceiling
In the latest issue of The New Yorker, James Surowiecki argues that the United States doesn't need and shouldn't have a debt ceiling. Mary Louise Kelly talks with Surowiecki about his reasoning.
Nickelodeon Cashes In On Nostalgia For 1990s Hits
Nickelodeon had a TV show in the 1990s called All That, a sort-of Saturday Night Live for pre-teens. The show's core audience is now in its mid-20s, and Nickelodeon is tapping into their nostalgia for the "good old days." This week, the network's "Teen Nick" channel launched an after-midnight programming block called "The '90s Are All That." New York Magazine reports its ratings are up 850 percent.