Little detail on gov. candidates' plans for health spending In the next two-year budget cycle, the Department of Human Services's spending is projected to climb to from $9 billion to $12 billion. Its budget, which covers health care, nursing homes and other safety-net programs, will eat up more than a third of the state's budget.7:20 a.m.
GOP eyes Walz seat Across the country, Republicans are looking to gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives during next week's mid-term election. In order to do that, they need to knock off some incumbent Democrats. In Minnesota's First district, Republican challenger Randy Demmer is hoping to benefit from the national wave of anti-incumbent fever and defeat Democratic Congressman Tim Walz. And both national Republicans and Democrats have poured money into the race making it one worth watching.8:25 a.m.
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Whitman, Brown In The Hot Seat Over Negative Ads
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the candidates vying to replace him shared the stage at an annual women's conference Tuesday. Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman were asked to pull their negative campaign commercials.
Electable GOP Females Lag Democratic Counterparts
While there were a record number of Republican female candidates this year, many were defeated in their primaries. Democratic women outnumber Republican women among general election candidates, but Democratic women are likely to lose seats because of the anti-incumbency mood. Debbie Walsh, director of Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about how female candidates are faring this election.
FBI's GPS Tracking Raises Privacy Concerns
When Yasir Afifi took his car in for an oil change, his mechanic found an unusual wire hanging from below. It turns out it was part of a GPS tracking device. And after Afifi posted photos of it online, the FBI came to get it back. Civil rights groups say using GPS to track people is going too far.
GPS Devices Do The Work Of Law Enforcement Agents
GPS devices are being used more frequently to help authorities monitor people. Law enforcement officials use them because they save time and money. With GPS, officials don't need to pay to put agents on surveillance details.
Manuscripts Suggest Jane Austen Had A Great Editor
Can't remember the "i before e" rule? Don't worry, neither could Jane Austen. Oxford University professor Kathryn Sutherland has studied more than 1,000 pages of the beloved novelist's handwritten text. Sutherland's found some surprising differences between the manuscripts and the finished works.
Study: Conservation Efforts Face Uphill Struggle
A study published in the journal Science shows that the effort to preserve species is still strongly headed in the wrong direction. The trend is especially pronounced for vertebrates, including mammals, birds and amphibians.
South-Asian Americans Discover Political Clout
There are a record number of candidates of South Asian descent running for prominent offices across the country. Most notably is Nikki Haley for governor of South Carolina, and six candidates are running for congressional seats. Commentator Sandip Roy looks at the different ways some of these candidates are expressing their ethnicity.
MySpace Fights To Stay Relevant
The once-dominant social network site MySpace has fallen on hard times. Now it's trying to come back. Starting Wednesday, MySpace is rolling out a new website for its 130 million users. The streamlined site addresses complaints that the old site was hard to navigate.
GM, Ford Show Improvement In Quality Rankings
The most problem-free cars and trucks are made by Honda and Toyota, but U.S. automakers Ford and General Motors are closing the gap in quality, according to an annual survey by Consumer Reports magazine. Regarding Chrysler, it didn't have any model that scored above average.
Incubator-Start Doesn't Guarantee Company's Success
Business incubators are supposed to work like incubators for chicks or babies. The idea is that subsidized costs, and business advice for entrepreneurs, will help keep nascent companies alive. A new study finds success can be elusive for small businesses that start in incubators.