New MNDOT commissioner Zelle talks priorities The CEO of a Minneapolis-based bus company will become the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in January. He talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his transportation priorities.7:20 a.m.
New Census poverty data show rates leveling off New information about poverty from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the economic recovery in Minnesota might be ahead of the rest of the nation. While poverty rates in the state have increased significantly since 2007, the most recent Minnesota data show poverty rates have leveled off.7:25 a.m.
Archaeologists Find Ancient Evidence Of Cheese-Making
Scientists have detected milk fat on 7,000-year-old pottery vessels from archaeological sites in Northern Europe. They think it's the earliest evidence of cheese-making, and they argue dairy products gave early farmers an evolutionary edge.
A Rare Visit Inside A Chinese Courtroom
Politically sensitive trials in China are often held in courtrooms sealed off by police, and foreign reporters are barred. But in recent years some Shanghai courts have been holding open houses and live-streaming select cases.
From Gang Member To Hip-Hop Church Leader
Across the country, so-called hip-hop churches fuse religion, music and dance to lure gang members off the streets. Troy Evans, a former gang member, leads Edge Urban Fellowship in Grand Rapids, Mich. He says that leading church congregants isn't that much different from leading gang members.
Egypt Heads For Showdown Over New Constitution
Critics say Egypt's draft constitution, which was drawn up and approved mostly by Islamists, doesn't represent all Egyptians. They say the draft gives key Islamic scholars too much power on a broad range of legislative issues.
E.U. Banking Supervision Would Ease Crisis
European Leaders have been working to figure out a way to supervise banks spread across the different countries that use the Euro currency. The German finance minister said a new system would be up and running by the spring of 2014.
Fed To Keep Short-Term Interest Rates Low
Federal Reserve policymakers met in Washington and decided to leave interest rates where they are. Other changes were announced, though. For the first time, the Fed identified an exact unemployment rate, 6.5 percent, at which it would begin to raise interest rates.
Examining Health Savings Account Deduction
We continue with our series: The 12 Days of Tax Deductions. It's Morning Edition's way of making sense of the jungle of tax deductions, credits and breaks that political leaders are sorting through as they try to wrestle more revenue out of the tax code.