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What can Tucson teach us about water conservation? Also, a Vatican announcement on abusive priests

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Tucson's water ethic: Blueprint for Minnesota?
    By conserving water at every turn, the residents of this Arizona city have developed an attitude toward water that some think the Land of 10,000 Lakes should emulate.
  • Desert city uses water, then uses it again
    Encouraging residents to use less water is one thing. But perhaps the biggest water gains Tucson has achieved come from using water more than once. It's a water idea that some in Minnesota think needs to gain importance.
  • Pope to meet victims of priest sexual abuse
    A plan by Pope Francis to meet with a group of sex abuse victims is being criticized by the head of a victims' group as "another gesture" that could prove meaningless.
  • Cleanup continues after NW Minn. gas explosion
    A company spokesperson said she doesn't know when workers will be able to restore gas service to the 900 customers in Warren and Argyle.
  • Two deer crashes prove deadly in Wisconsin
    One man was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene on Deerfield Road in the Town of Washington. His name was not immediately released. The second accident happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday on Interstate 94 near Watertown in Jefferson County.
  • Elizabeth Cummings Browning dies
    She was just 53, suffered from dementia and ALS, and died just two days after the musician was unable play one of her favorite songs, according to her obituary in the Star Tribune, which presumably was written by her husband, Star Tribune reporter Dan Browning.
  • Racial differences in foreclosure crisis recovery, advocate says
    A report out today Tuesday from a homeowners advocacy group says communities of color are lagging far behind majority white neighborhoods in recovering from the foreclosure crisis.
  • Steve Perry surprises audience at the Fitzgerald
    The Journey frontman has performed rarely over the last 20 years. Here's what he sounded like singing the hit "Lovin, Touchin' Squeezin" with The Eels on a recording made by a member of the audience.
  • Sodden spring spells uncertainty for Minnesota crop prices
    Minnesota farmers may be looking at a financial squeeze this year. The wet spring has eliminated drought in much of the corn belt, suggesting a big crop could be on the way. That's helping drive down prices below the break even level for a lot of producers.
  • Military says brain implants could fight mental disorders
    The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.
  • The man who brought us G.I. Joe has died
    A half-century after the first G.I. Joe action figures hit U.S. shelves, the man who oversaw the toy's creation has died of cancer in Rhode Island. Former Hasbro executive Donald Levine was 86. He was also a veteran of the Korean War who said that G.I. Joe was an attempt to honor those in the U.S. armed forces.
  • Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs
    Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012.
  • Tornado touches down in ND oil work camp
    The twister touched down at around 7:50 p.m. at a camp about 5 miles south of Watford City, which is in the west of the state and about 30 miles southeast of Williston, the city at the heart of the state's oil boom.
  • West Coast-bound Bakken oil trains draw growing opposition
    The increasing numbers of trains, each carrying tens of thousands of barrels of potentially volatile crude from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, have raised concerns around the country after nine accidents in the past year, including one last month in Virginia.
  • Cooking for fido? More people are. Here's why
    "For some people, it's the human-animal bonding. For some it's the philosophical benefits: they want to keep kosher, or [they're] vegetarians," and want to feed their pets the same way, says Sean Delaney, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist who co-authored a textbook on pet nutrition.

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