No sales tax for Vikings stadium Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders announced Tuesday that there isn't enough support in the Legislature to pass a local sales tax hike to help pay for Minnesota Vikings stadium unless it has voter approval.6:55 a.m.
Duluth ballot asks for higher taxes to restore services Many Minnesota cities have whittled away at their library and park budgets the past few years, and Duluth is no exception. The city is, however, taking the step of asking residents to vote on whether they want to raise their taxes to restore some services.7:25 a.m.
Sand mining the target of some ire On Wednesdays, we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Elizabeth Baier in Rochester who covers southeastern Minnesota. One of the stories she's tracking is the growing interest in the controversial practice of silica sand mining. Near Chatfield, the Elmira township held a meeting last night to consider a sand mining proposal, and to the east, county commissioners in Winona County are considering whether to temporarily stop sand mining operations.8:45 a.m.
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In Wis., Focus Shifts From Union Law To Governor
A law that limits some collective-bargaining rights shows no signs of disappearing. Critics are now focused on recalling Gov. Scott Walker, but the governor and his allies say the law is working.
Effort To Repeal Ohio Bargaining Law Gains Ground
In Ohio, there's a bitter battle over a new collective bargaining law that Republicans pushed through, slashing the negotiating power of public employee unions. But the battlefield is totally different than Wisconsin's. While Wisconsin voters can recall only the politicians who passed the law, Ohio voters can repeal the law itself in a referendum. In fact, the repeal forces, led by unions and minority Democrats, are way ahead in the polls.
Occupy Oakland Calls For Citywide Strike
Anti-Wall Street protesters in Oakland, Calif., plan to strike Wednesday. Members of unions for city government workers say they will march and join the planned attempt to shut down the city's port. Oakland police are criticizing the mayor for increasing police presence at strike-related events, while giving city workers permission to take part in those events.
In Karachi, New Aspirations To Be A Global Player
The grandest expression of the world's population growth is the word "megacity." In them, people and ideas clash: The ancient collides with the modern; secular with religious; global with local. In Karachi, Pakistan, those forces can be seen in the story of a single piece of real estate.
Regional Drought Blamed For Moose Decline In Wyo.
Wildlife outfitters in Wyoming are hurting because of the declining moose population. They depend on big game hunters for their livelihood. These businesses typically blame the reintroduction of wolves to the area as well as the states exploding grizzly bear population for the moose decline. But a decade-long drought in the region may be to blame.
Nonprofit Seeks To Be New Political Force
The group Americans Elect wants to show the Democratic and Republican establishments that voters want another choice in presidential candidates. But if there are questions about the group's political impact, there are others over who's financing it.
Miss. Set To Vote On Measure Defining A Person
A personhood amendment on the state ballot would declare that life begins at conception. There is support for the measure in the conservative state but opposition from groups that say its broad language could limit contraception and threaten fertility treatments.
Business News: G-20 Protests, Sony Losses
Thousands of police deployed along the French Riviera on Wednesday to stop protesters from disrupting the G-20 summit, where leaders will likely focus on the debt crisis in Europe. Sony says it's heading for an annual LOSS of more than a billion dollars — its fourth straight year of losses.
FBI Probes Scandal Uncovered By Olympus CEO
Steve Inskeep talks with Jonathan Soble of the Financial Times about a scandal that has engulfed the Japanese camera and medical device maker Olympus. Ex-CEO Michael Woodford, a rare non-Japanese CEO, was ousted after he brought into the open massive and possibly improper payments that Olympus paid to two little-known "advisory firms" as part of an acquisition several years ago. The FBI is now investigating.
Pet Insurance Costs Up 50 Percent In Past 10 Years
According to the American Pet Products Association, the average dog and cat owner now spends about $650 a year on pet medical care, up nearly 50 percent over the past decade. The CEO of one pet insurance company told the Wall Street Journal that innovations in human medicine have come to the vet side, from MRIs and CAT scans to chemotherapy and radiation.