Commentator protests street light fee Higher costs and tougher times have officials at all levels of government looking for new sources of revenue. But Minnesota Public Radio News commentator Peter Smith is ready to draw a line in the sand over one idea being floated in Minneapolis.7:25 a.m.
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Candidate Abdullah: Afghans Want Change
Abdullah Abdullah is considered to be the most powerful challenger to President Hamid Karzai in next month's election. The race was once considered to be an easy win for the incumbent, but Abdullah says Karzai missed "the feeling of the people ... which was for change."
Famed Choreographer Cunningham Dies At 90
Merce Cunningham celebrated his 90th birthday in April, and was choreographing and leading his company until the end. Cunningham was called by many "the greatest living choreographer." He was also an acclaimed dancer and performed in all of his company's programs up to the age of 70.
Hollywood Prop Shop Going Out Of Business
One of the largest movie prop shops in the world is closing. Since the 70s, 20th Century Props has been supplying set decorations for films from Moulin Rouge to Blade Runner. The economy, the last writers strike and productions leaving Hollywood for cheaper locations are all reasons why the shop is closing.
When Rain Falls On Snow, Arctic Animals May Starve
In the Arctic, a change in the weather could mean starvation for herds of musk oxen and other grazing animals. Scientists who study the far north planet have documented "rain-on-snow" events. Rain falls onto the snowpack and freezes into a hard sheet of ice, preventing some wildlife from getting to the plants trapped below.
Gamers Can Experience Battle Of Fallujah
A new video game has upset the families of some Iraq war veterans. "Six Days in Fallujah" takes gamers into a simulation of the 2004 battle. The creators say this is entertainment with substance. Critics say war is not for the amusement of others.
Dealers Say Cash-For-Clunkers Boosting Sales
After the launch of the government's cash-for-clunkers program this past weekend, dealers say it is boosting sales. Despite pages of regulations, last minute changes to car eligibility and other gripes, about 16,000 dealers have signed onto the program. The government is spending $1 billion on the program in hopes of encouraging new car sales.
Rep. Frank Warns Banks Not To Undermine Change
The House Financial Services Committee considers legislation Tuesday setting rules for executive pay. Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank is chairman of the committee, and Monday he had a warning for the financial industry: Don't obstruct the reform legislation moving through Congress.
Missouri Grain Dealer Accused In Ponzi Scheme
Many farmers in Audrain County, Mo., are the victims of what prosecutors say is a major Ponzi scheme. But this was not a Wall Street investment scam in the style of Bernie Madoff. Authorities say a grain dealer is to blame.
Survey: Math Skills Translate Into Bigger Pay Checks
A new survey of college graduates' salaries shows that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees all involve math skills. Engineering grads in particular have the fattest starting salaries, according to the study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Petroleum engineers can expect a starting offer of more than $80,000.