Economic development chief under fire from DFLers A key DFL leader says he wants to replace Dan McElroy as commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development. McElroy has no plans to leave, which could set the stage for a confirmation showdown.7:25 a.m.
Insight Bowl an important appearance for Gophers The Minnesota Gophers football team is in Tempe, Ariz., getting ready to take on the Iowa State Cyclones in Thursday's Insight Bowl. The Insight isn't considered a major college bowl game, but it is worth a lot, financially and otherwise, to the U of M football team.7:40 a.m.
New Years Eve events to see It's New Years Eve. And if you're stuck with no big plans to welcome the new year, we've asked a few experts to give us some suggestions.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Economy Casts Pall On Administration's Goals
The lackluster economy has hung over everything the Obama administration tried to do this year. Rising unemployment dogged the president throughout his first year in office. Obama spent several days huddled with economic advisors before leaving on his Hawaiian vacation. The White House faces many challenges as it tries to put more people back to work in 2010.
Jobless Factory Worker Trains For Office Work
The recession may be officially over, but that's little consolation to people who lost their jobs when it first began. A laid off worker from a Corning plant in Canton, N.Y., has been collecting unemployment and living a thrifty life. She's taken a medical terminology class to become a receptionist in a doctor's office, and now is dipping her toe into the anemic job market.
Decade In Review: Corporate Scoundrels And Scandals
The business world has been rocked by one scandal after another in the past decade. From Martha Stewart to Bernie Ebbers and Bernie Madoff, it's been a confusing and angry time for investors. The era also saw a 777-point one-day plunge in the Dow and some 7 million job losses.
The Top 'Nontroversies' Of 2009
Between Sarah Palin, Tiger Woods and Jon and Kate's clan of eight, some pretty memorable characters have drifted across our televisions and blogs in 2009. Before 2010 creeps in, their 15 minutes of fame are up and they're forever gone, let's revel in their glory.
Revelers Choose Sparkling Wines Over Champagne
'Tis the season for bubbly, but the recession has left champagne sales flat. Some high-end champagnes may be heavily discounted this holiday season. In the rough economy, many are looking at sparkling wines as an alternative.
In This Decade, Every Room Is A Screening Room
TV viewership is up 20 percent — and Americans have grown increasingly addicted to a whole range of new screen sizes, from pocket game systems to smart phones. At any given moment of the day, 1.6 million people in the United States are using a video game console, according to Nielsen.
The Summer Jam And The Return Of The Single
This past decade has seen the return of the single. Not since the 1950s and '60s have singles been so important to musicians' careers or so often accounted for the bulk of their sales. No phenomenon illustrates this more clearly than the wondrous, illogical beast known as The Summer Jam.
Football, 'Simpsons' At Risk In Fox Cable Dispute
The Fox television network has rejected an offer from Time Warner Cable to submit to binding arbitration in a dispute over fees. The current deal expires at midnight Thursday. If no deal is reached, millions of cable subscribers could lose programs including The Simpsons and several football bowl games.
Charitable Giving Down In 2009
The economy spent much of 2009 in a severe recession. That's made life difficult for many charities, which saw demand for their services go up while donations fell off. A new report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy shows a huge drop in the biggest gifts.
Recession Fuels Spike In Foreign Investor Visas
A largely unknown visa program allows foreigners who invest half a million dollars in an American business to immigrate to the U.S. The number of people moving to the States under the program has tripled in the past year as domestic sources of financing have dried up.