The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote Read more

“An increase in Minnesota’s cigarette tax is giving a boost to electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smoking,” according to MPR News Reporter Mark Zdechlik. The number of Twin Cities shops selling the “e-cigs,” as they are called, has been rising, and shop owners credit the $1.60-a-pack tax increase that goes into effect July Read more

Sunset at MSP by carlyett117 via Flickr Less than one percent of the $58.3 million the Minnesota Legislature allocated for arts and cultural heritage projects in FY2014 was spent on travel for Minnesota artists, but during the past legislative session, lawmakers determined that artists can only use Minnesota State Arts Board grant money for travel Read more

View the full program here Update: The Obama Administration has expressed an interest in open peace talks with the Taliban. The 12 year long U.S-led war against the Taliban in Afghanistan reaches a turning point today. Afghan forces are now the primary group responsible for providing national security. American and NATO military forces will now Read more