A colder and snowier outlook for winter MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the National Weather Service's outlook for the next three months. It looks like it's going to be colder and snowier than normal.6:55 a.m.
Rentals help some cities weather housing bust New Census data released this week show a patchwork quilt of gains and losses across the state when it comes to homeownership. Some cities have fared better than others over the last five years -- the height of the housing boom and bust.7:25 a.m.
Fighting racial discrimination in St. Louis County A northeastern Minnesota task force working to combat racial disparities in the justice system meets Friday afternoon in Duluth. St. Louis County was one of four jurisdictions in the United States that won grants from the American Bar Association to promote racial justice.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
House Passes Tax Bill In Late-Night Session
Members of the House have joined the Senate in approving a tax-cut deal agreed to by President Obama and Republicans. The legislation averts a January first increase in income taxes for millions and renews jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. The bill includes a 2011 cut in Social Security taxes.
PolitiFact Announces 2010 Lie Of The Year
PolitiFact.com rates the accuracy of political ads and comments by politicians. Editor Bill Adair talks to Steve Inskeep about the biggest lie of the year. Adair says it is the claim that the Democratic health care law is a government takeover of health care.
The New Literary Stars Of Spain And Latin America
The latest issue of the prestigious literary journal Granta focuses on the best young writers emerging from the Spanish-speaking world. Editors John Freeman and Valerie Miles discuss their favorite new talents.
'How Do You Know' Falls Short Of Expectations
James L. Brooks has written and directed some of the great romantic comedies of the last few decades including Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets. This weekend, he's opening his first film in six years. How Do You Know stars Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson.
Mass., N.H. Take Aim At Bone Marrow Registry
There are allegations that the Caitlin Raymond International Registry, part of the sprawling UMass Memorial Health Care system, misused funds, including spending $40,000 to $50,000 a week on female models to staff donor-recruitment tables. Both organizations are also drawing scrutiny for their billing practices.
Afghan Minority Hazaras Ascending Amid Uncertainty
Afghan election results have given Shiite Muslims a strong voice in the new Afghan parliament. But tensions are accompanying the rise of the long-suffering Hazara minority: Pashtuns are fearful of Hazaras seeking revenge, while Hazaras worry their newfound security isn't guaranteed.
Protesters Call For Free Elections In Belarus
In Belarus, opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko have taken to the streets demanding a fair vote in Sunday's presidential election. Most people expect Lukashenko to win by a carefully pre-ordained margin of victory.
Major Greenhouse Rules Approved In California
The state now has the first system in the nation to give polluting companies such as utilities and refineries financial incentives to emit fewer greenhouse gases. But some businesses that would fall under the new rules say the system could dampen California's already flagging economy.
Payroll Tax Holiday Eludes Many Public Employees
The payroll tax holiday in President Obama's tax compromise is designed to give Americans a little more money in their monthly paychecks. The idea is that they will spend that money and stimulate the economy. But more than six million public employees won't get this tax break.