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Flood forecast; school test concerns; Vikings draft picks; cubicle trends

Friday, April 26, 2013

  • Red River flood crest forecast: slight relief
    Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said after talks this morning with the National Weather Service, a Red River flood crest forecast of 37 to 38 feet is not a shot in the dark. That may signal another slight reduction in the crest estimates that have been dropping over the past week.
  • Photos: Fargo's sand, clay and dirt flood walls
    The late spring melt is reducing the flood risk, say forecasters at the National Weather Service. Still, residents in Fargo and Moorhead are building dikes.
  • Minn. Senate approves health spending bill
    Minnesota's Senate has approved a budget for state health and assistance programs that includes a surcharge on HMOs and pay increases for care workers that critics say aren't big enough.
  • Bars, brewers blast booze tax proposal in Minn.
    A bill passed by the Minnesota House that would increase taxes on alcohol has the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industries in an uproar. Summit Brewing's Mark Stutrud says taxation could "eliminate our existence."
  • Minn. Republican gubernatorial hopeful pushes business savvy
    The first Republican hoping to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton says the governor's tax plans are sending the state in the wrong direction.
  • New open office trend saves money, but at what cost?
    Businesses increasingly are moving away from individual offices and high-walled cubicles to more open environments. Supporters say the strategy saves money and energizes workers. Critics say it creates distractions and stress.
  • 'Valhalla Club' in new Vikings stadium?
    The new Vikings stadium may feature four themed club seating areas named the Valhalla, Fire, Ice and Vikings clubs.
  • Vikings select Shariff Floyd, Xavier Rhodes
    Rick Spielman stepped to the podium with a big smile on his face, elated that his Minnesota Vikings were able to land Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.
  • Officials tackle school testing problems
    The Minnesota Department of Education is working to clear up a number of problems with online assessment testing after dozens of Minnesota school districts have encountered glitches when trying to administer the tests online in recent weeks.
  • Fact check: FAA's furlough of controllers
    The FAA has no choice but to cut $637 million as its share of $85 billion in automatic, government-wide spending cuts that must be achieved by the end of the federal budget year on Sept. 30.
  • Klobuchar pleased with Senate vote on FAA furloughs
    The U.S. Senate has passed a measure that would help the FAA avoid flight delays caused by staffing furloughs among air traffic controllers. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the deal is important to Minnesota, especially because of the Delta hub at Minneapolis St. Paul International Aiport.
  • Tax-free Internet shopping in jeopardy
    The Senate voted 63-30 Thursday to advance a bill that would impose state and local sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. An agreement among senators delayed the Senate's final vote on passage until May 6, when senators return from a weeklong vacation.
  • Economy speeds up on consumer spending
    U.S. economic growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.5 percent from January through March, buoyed by the strongest consumer spending in more than two years.
  • Boston suspect moved from hospital
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and the crimes that followed, has been moved out of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to a prison at Ft. Devens, Mass., the U.S. Marshals Service says.
  • Country legend George Jones dies at 81
    George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today,"has died. He was 81.
  • A $5.5B road map to banish polio forever
    Polio isn't going easily into the dustbin of history. The world needs to push it in, throw down the lid and then keep an eye out to make sure it doesn't escape. That's the gist of a new plan released Thursday by the World Health Organization.

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