For an abusive priest, retirement income came with a premium The former accounting director of the Twin Cities archdiocese said recently that several accused priests receive pension payments higher than normal. Another former church official discovered them, too, over the past few years and had them stopped. The archdiocese says church law requires that offending priests must have 'financial, therapeutic and spiritual support.' The Rev. Robert Kapoun is one of them.5:35 a.m.
Computer evidence key to proving allegations involving priest and child porn St. Paul Police announced Tuesday that the department is reopening an investigation into whether a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had child pornography on his computer. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Madeleine Baran has been covering this story extensively. She's also covered other cases of child pornography. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with her about how these kind of investigations work.6:50 a.m.
Lawmaker to focus on the sellers of synthetic drugs The Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs will hold a hearing Wednesday afternoon at the capitol to learn more about the effect the drugs are having in the Twin Cities metro area.7:20 a.m.
Southwest light rail tunnel option may advance Weds. A group of regional metro leaders is expected to vote Wednesday on the biggest flashpoint of the proposed Southwest light rail project: what to do with existing freight trains in the Kenilworth Corridor of Minneapolis.8:25 a.m.
Obama To Nominate Yellen To Lead Federal Reserve
The White House says President Obama will nominate Janet Yellen as the new head of the Federal Reserve Board. She has been a key player in the Fed's efforts to bring the economy back from the Great Recession. If confirmed, she would succeed Ben Bernanke.
Global Leaders Watch As U.S. Budget Drama Unfolds
President Obama traded barbs with Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, but there was no sign that Congress is any closer to re-opening the federal government. At a news conference, Obama warned that the whole world is watching. It is, and so far the reviews aren't good.
Shutdown Messes With Government Workers' Finances
Communities across the nation are feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown. To learn more, Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep turn to Americans from all corners of the country to hear how they're coping with a closed government.
Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is still in the lead in the race to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. But Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan is mounting an unexpectedly strong challenge to the Democrat.
Bound By Blood, Divided By Politics: Three Egyptian Sisters
Sisters Nagwa, Dina and May had always been close — until now. The political crisis in Egypt has ripped apart their relationships. One sister believes the Muslim Brotherhood is destroying the country; the other two are committed Islamists. It's a domestic tragedy that is playing out across Egypt.
French Press Agency Tallies Increasing Violence In Iraq
Nearly 5,000 Iraqis have been killed so far this year in sectarian bombings and other terror attacks. Renee Montagne talks to Prashant Rao, the Baghdad bureau chief for AFP, the French Press Agency, which has been keeping a grim tally of the spiraling violence this year in Iraq.
Health Scares In China Hurt Yum Brands' Profits
The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut has reported a near 70 percent drop in profits this quarter. Yum Brands relies on operations in China for three quarters of its revenue. Recent food safety issues and a bird flu outbreak there hit the company especially hard.
U.S. Ban Unlikely To Affect Samsung's Bottom Line
The Obama administration has upheld a ban on the import and sale of some Samsung smartphones and tablets. The move represents a victory for Apple, which is embroiled in a longstanding patent dispute with Samsung. But the import ban is unlikely to affect Samsung's profits since the devices at the heart of the case are no longer big sellers.
Treasury Officials Mull Credit Default Solutions
The Treasury Department says it will begin running out of money to pay its bills by Oct. 17, if the partial government shutdown isn't over by then. That prospect worries the financial markets. Treasury debt plays a fundamental role in the global economy, and economists agree that a debt default would have dire consequences. But some Republicans insist that a default doesn't have to happen.