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The most dangerous places to bike in Minneapolis, St. Paul welcomes (late) Amtrak, and why sex ed is more than biology

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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  • Tracking the most dangerous intersections for Minneapolis cyclists
    Since 2009, records show there have been approximately 1,400 crashes involving bicycles in Minneapolis, at least seven of which resulted in fatalities. We've turned that data into an interactive map.
  • Amtrak CEOAll aboard: Amtrak returns to downtown St. Paul, but not without challenges
    Ramsey County, the federal government and other funders spent more than $240 million the past few years to refurbish the train station as a regional transportation hub serving Amtrak, light rail and buses, and the return of passenger rail to downtown St. Paul is being heralded as a major civic event.
  • Writing on a posterIn Hennepin County, sex ed is more than biology. It's also about relationships
    Sex education is part of the curriculum in every Minnesota high school. But 32 Hennepin County schools are expanding on the effort through the outreach program, known as TOP, which includes frank discussions on the biology of reproduction and also on healthy relationships.
  • RainbowRoundy's sells Rainbow Foods stores in Twin Cities
    Ten of the stores will become Cub Foods locations. Byerly's will take control of Rainbow stores in Eden Prairie and Woodbury. The six other operations will remain Rainbow stores under new ownership.
  • TornadoSevere storm and tornado risk today
    Every now and then we get one of those days in Minnesota where the severe risk is high enough we don't pull any weather punches. Today is one of those days.
  • Sauk Rapids in 18865 things to know about tornadoes in Minnesota
    Tornado season in Minnesota runs from early spring well into fall. But you knew that. Here are some things you might not know about the state's tornado history.
  • Small eateries press for Minneapolis liquor law changes
    Current law says restaurants in largely residential areas of the city must earn at least 70 percent of their revenue from food sales -- meaning alcohol sales can't exceed 30 percent.
  • Once again, Minneapolis wants to hike election filing fees
    After seeing a staggering 35 candidates for office on last year's ballot, the Minneapolis Charter Commission decided to recommend that the city raise the filing fee for mayor from $20 to $250.
  • Snooping by Metro Transit employee leads agency to restrict access to records
    An investigation by the regional transit agency found that Richard Johnson, a former supervisor, snooped on ex-girlfriends, fellow transit employees, media and sports personalities. Metro Transit officials say the veteran employee, who resigned last month, searched the records of about 1,300 people.
  • Charges: Minnesota man hid Bosnian war crimes
    Zdenko Jakisa, 45, appeared in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on one count of possessing unlawfully obtained documents. He was ordered detained, and another hearing was set for Monday. He will be appointed a public defender, according to court documents.
  • Study: Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars more likely to face hunger
    The study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found 27 percent of young veterans from those wars do not have consistent access to food.
  • House Speaker Boehner Addresses Media After WeeklyAhead of midterms, GOP resurrects Benghazi
    Republicans have made Benghazi a central plank of their strategy to wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats in November's traditionally low-turnout midterm elections. Twenty months since the attack, Benghazi still revs up the GOP's conservative base.
  • Surgeon, mom, Republican -- But conservative enough?
    In Oregon, Monica Wehby is the Senate candidate Republicans have been waiting for: a camera-ready pediatric neurosurgeon, mother of four, in a party that desperately needs to elect more women. Make that a candidate some Republicans have been waiting for.
  • After 6 decades, 'Jet' magazine decides to go all-digital
    The transition to the Web has been a rocky one for many legacy publications, but it promises to be especially so for Jet, which almost seems to exist outside of time; any issue could be read months after publication and be no more or less relevant.
  • Legalize marijuana rallyAmericans split on legal pot, oppose online bets, poll finds
    Young people also are far more supportive of legalization, with 65 percent of the millennial generation and over half of Gen Xers (56 percent) in favor, compared with fewer than half (48 percent) of baby boomers and around a third (36 percent) of the World War II generation.
  • Students, teachers turn to Twitter to avoid finals
    Across the Twitterverse this week, high school and college kids are making deals with their professors and teachers, who are supposed to be in the business of educating students. The students approach the teachers to get them to let the kid out of finals if the kid gets people to retweet the announcement on Twitter.

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