Field is wide open for stadium proposals Gov. Mark Dayton's openness to entertaining stadium proposals has set off a lobbying frenzy aimed at convincing the governor to accept — or reject — ideas as varied as to where a stadium should be located, how to pay for, who should pay for it, or even if a new stadium is necessary.6:55 a.m.
Legacy Amendment money for Vikings could spur a lawsuit Gov. Mark Dayton and some state lawmakers say they're open to the idea of using state legacy amendment funds to help finance a new Vikings stadium. But others object. The Minnesota Historical Society says the idea is contrary to the amendment's language. That language says proceeds from the arts and cultural fund "may be spent only on arts, arts education and arts access to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage."7:20 a.m.
Global Markets Rally After EU Leaders Set Debt Plan
U.S. stocks had one of their best days in weeks Thursday: The Dow jumped nearly 3 percent and prices in Europe went through the roof. The surge came after the announcement that European leaders finally agreed on a comprehensive plan to tackle their debt problems. Does the rally mean investors think the crisis is over?
Sarkozy Warns France Of More Belt-Tightening Ahead
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told French TV viewers to expect still deeper cuts in public spending as the country struggles to reduce its national debt. Speaking in a rare TV interview after returning from the Eurozone summit in Brussels, Sarkozy said it was a mistake to allow Greece to enter the Eurozone back in 2001 because its economy wasn't ready.
The Rising Cost Of Doing Business With Greece
One U.S. importer of Greek foods sees his business buffeted by the Eurozone's problems: Orders are delayed because of strikes in the port, and suppliers will change their contract terms. But the worst is when things don't show up at all. "I get mad because I depend on those products," he says.
New York Wrestles Over Extending Millionaires Tax
Polls show that New Yorkers favor extending the so-called millionaires tax on the state's top wage earners beyond the end of the year. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo is digging in his heels, saying it encourages some of the state's most affluent citizens to leave.
Occupy Violence Reignites Criticism Of Oakland Police
Clashes between police and Occupy Wall Street protesters in Oakland, Calif., made news this week. But the violence has less to do with the Occupy movement than with the long history of law enforcement troubles in that city.
Funding Pensions A Complex Problem In California
Sorting out California's budget mess has been Gov. Jerry Brown's No. 1 problem since the day he took office. On Thursday, Brown unveiled a plan that would cut pension benefits and lower the amount taxpayers have to pay. Almost every state is wrestling with the pension problem, but in California, it's especially complex. John Myers of member station KQED reports.
'Like Crazy' Makes First Love Feel Real
"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" movie critic Kenneth Turan calls the Sundance standout "Like Crazy" a simple love story. It's about a young couple divided by geography.
Thailand Floods Affect Car, Computer Companies
In Thailand, deadly floods are damaging production facilities for car parts and computer components. Toyota, Ford, GM and Honda having production problems, as are Sony, Canon, Toshiba and Apple. In other news, U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase announced it will not impose a new debit card fee, joining Citigroup and US Bancorp.