State likely to face another deficit Economic growth in Minnesota is slowing to the point that Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature will likely have to overcome another budget deficit, state economist Tom Stinson told lawmakers on Thursday.6:20 a.m.
Rabbi: Steve Jobs left us too early Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was just 56 years old when he died earlier this week. His death at a relatively early age in life offers an eternal lesson about human mortality. Rabbi Barry Cytron is a chaplain and professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, and he has this commentary.6:40 a.m.
Critics of Anoka-Hennepin policy divided over tax vote A vote next month to extend a property tax in the Anoka-Hennepin school district presents a problem for some voters, who are critical of a policy that addresses how bullying and harassment are handled in the schools.7:20 a.m.
Lynx a win away from WNBA glory The Minnesota Lynx are on the verge of their first WNBA Championship. The team leads the Atlanta Dream 2-1 in a best-of-five series. They play game three tonight in Atlanta against the Atlanta Dream.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Pushes Financial Plan As Bank Protests Grow
Loosely organized protests that began on Wall Street last month have spread to other U.S. cities. President Obama says he understands the frustration conveyed by the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, and he's trying to channel that anger into support for his financial policies.
Partisan Divide On National Security Debate Shrinks
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney travels to the Citadel in South Carolina to deliver a speech on national security Friday. The issue has traditionally been a bright line between Republicans and Democrats. But even since President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize nearly three years ago, the politics are no longer clear cut.
For Rick Perry, A Restless Life On The Farm
Before he was elected governor of Texas, or to any of a series of positions going back more than 25 years, Perry grew cotton and raised cattle on land that his family had worked since the late 1800s. In every campaign, he has run as a man shaped by that experience. But real life on the farm was far less romantic.
How Steve Jobs Changed The World Of Design
Apple's Steve Jobs, who died this week after battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer, didn't just change technology. Lynn Neary learns more about the profound legacy Jobs leaves behind on the world of design from John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Pakistan Doctor, Who Helped CIA, Accused Of Treason
A government commission in Pakistan says a Pakistani doctor accused of running a vaccination program for the CIA to help track down Osama bin Laden should be put on trial for high treason. The move is likely to anger U.S. officials pushing for the doctor's release from jail.
Iran Charges Student Who Was In the U.S.
An Iranian graduate student in the physics program at the University of Texas went home to see his family early this year. He never returned to school, and it turns out that he's being tried on charges related to espionage in his homeland.
Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low
Mortgage rates are now below 4 percent. The average 30-year fixed-rate loan is at an all-time low. But high unemployment, weak consumer confidence, and tougher standards for getting credit, are keeping many Americans from buying homes.
Banks To Raise Debit Card Fees
Several big banks, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo are introducing new fees for debit card users. The banks say they need to do this because they are losing income from other fees that are limited by new government regulations. Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist for The New York Times, talks to Lynn Neary about the new fees.
'Udderly' Amazing: Fabric Made From Milk
A young German fashion designer is planning a clothing line using a fabric developed from milk. Milk-based fabrics have been around since the 1930s, but according to Reuters, this is the first time milk fiber has been produced entirely without chemicals, thus being more ecological.
Long-Term Unemployment's Strain On The Job Search
It makes people lose touch with their professional networks, and can negatively affect relationships. Jobless benefits have been lengthened from 26 to 99 weeks by Congress, but a push in Washington to cut back on spending may mean that extension could expire.