What Emmer's not saying on the budget Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is on the campaign trail downplaying the state's projected $5.8 billion deficit. The state government is expected to take in about 7 percent more money in the next two-year budget cycle than in the current bienium. But, he says, expenditures are expected to go up 17 percent.6:55 a.m.
Twins have record financial year at new ballpark Whether the Twins make it to the World Series or not, they've already had a year for the record books -- at least money-wise. The Twins set a new attendance record this season, partly because of the attraction of a new ballpark.7:20 a.m.
Farrell watching conflicted Fed MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Chief Economic Correspondent Chris Farrell about the debate within the Fed on what to do about the economy.8:25 a.m.
State Department Issues Travel Alert To Europe
The alert does not advise against travel, but warns Americans to be extra vigilant -- especially around transportation centers. The move comes after reports that militant groups in Pakistan might be planning to send gunmen to attack targets in a number of European cities. The reports and the U.S. alert have offered the public little specific information.
Poor Economy Forces Irish To Find Work Elsewhere
At least 100,000 people are expected to emigrate from Ireland over the next year. Tens of thousands already have gone this year. The ratio between the number leaving, and those moving in, is wider now that any time since the late 1980s.
Peacekeepers, Islamists Battle For The Soul Of Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, is a front line in the global war against radical Islam. A group known as al-Shabab that claims links to al-Qaida wants to create a strict Muslim state. About 7,000 African Union peacekeeping troops are trying to stop them.
Taliban Vow More Attacks On NATO Supplies
Pakistan's Taliban claimed responsibility for three attacks since Friday on NATO supply convoys heading for Afghanistan. The attacks have destroyed scores of fuel tankers and killed several truck drivers. They also have highlighted the vulnerability of U.S. and NATO supply lines, as well as simmering resentment over NATO helicopter raids on Pakistani targets.
Come With A Grocery List, Leave With A Flu Shot
Last year, the H1N1 flu pandemic forced many Americans to scramble -- sometimes in vain -- to get vaccinated against it. This year, more places are offering flu shots than ever before, and more than a third of U.S. adults are getting their shots in locations other than a doctor's office -- places like grocery stores or even car dealerships.
Iraqi Ministers Raise Oil Reserve Estimate
The Iraqi government announced Monday that its proven oil reserves are nearly 25 percent larger than previously estimated. Iraq says it has 143 billions barrels of oil in the ground -- the third largest oil reserves in the world.
Yahoo Loses 3 Executives, CEO On The Hot Seat
Yahoo! is losing some top executives just as the company prepares to release earnings. CEO Carol Bartz is supposed to be leading a turnaround at the search engine and web portal company.
$700 Billion Bank Bailout Program Expires
The government's TARP program for troubled financial institutions has expired. Deborah Solomon, a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about TARP and the many misconceptions surrounding the program.
Release of New $100 Bills Postponed
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing was set to unveil a new $100 bill in February. It's the latest in a series of makeovers for the nation's paper currency designed to foil counterfeiters. Changes include a disappearing Liberty Bell and a blue security ribbon. Some bills came out of early printing runs with unwanted creases.