Sweltering at the State Fair; melting in Minneapolis classrooms; deciphering the MCA results
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Stifling heat breaks records, steaming the State Fair and school openings After a late-starting and fairly mild summer, Minnesotans are getting a real blast of heat this week, and it's breaking records. The mercury is expected to hit 98 degrees Tuesday.
Drop in Minn. reading test scores due to new standards, officials say Seventy-six percent of Minnesota students were considered proficient in reading last year compared to just under 58 percent in the most recent results, but education officials say the new test uses different testing standards.
Best Buy founder Richard Schulze to sell stock Best Buy's founder and largest shareholder, Richard Schulze plans to sell an undisclosed amount of his stock in the consumer electronics retailer.
City mouse vs. country mouse: Study finds urban animals develop larger brains Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found evidence that some wild animals living in urban areas develop larger brains than their rural counterparts.
Photos: Faith at the fair From Sunday morning church services to icons of Jesus, examples of Christianity abound on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Forest managers want 'prescribed' fires to prevent wild ones In an effort to prevent the kind of catastrophic fires burning across the western United States, northern Minnesota forest managers are laying the groundwork for a "prescribed" fire near Ely.
Mpls. mayor candidates debate light rail at the fair The leading candidates for mayor of Minneapolis aired their ideas on a controversial light rail line during a debate at the Minnesota State Fair.
Underage tobacco sales reported at record lows The violation rate of tobacco sales to underage youth at retailers nationwide has fallen from about 40 percent in 1997 to 9.1 percent in the last fiscal year, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration report released Tuesday.
Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38,000 users The social-networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers. Microsoft and Google have done the same.
US home prices nearly match 7-year high The Standard &Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index slowed only marginally from May's year-over-year gain of 12.2 percent, the fastest since March 2006. And all 20 cities posted gains from the previous month and compared with a year ago.
Tesla sales outstrip Porsche, Land Rover in California It's been a good year for Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car maker, particularly in California, where it's selling more cars than Porsche, Jaguar, Lincoln, or Buick. In 2013, the company has sold 4,714 cars in the state, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.
US consumer confidence rises in August The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 81.5 in August. That's up from a revised reading of 81 in July. And it's just below the 82.1 reading in June, which was the highest since January 2008.
DNR: Wolf that likely attacked teen had abnormalities The wolf that was the likely culprit in an attack on a teenager in northern Minnesota had abnormalities in its jaw that would have made it difficult to capture and kill prey, state officials said.
World's oldest wild black bear dies of old age Minnesota wildlife officials say the world's oldest known wild black bear has died of old age at 39 1/2.
Virus likely causing dolphin deaths Federal officials say a virus is likely what's causing hundreds of dead bottlenose dolphins to wash ashore along the East Coast.
Analysts warn of U.S. double standard in Mideast Egypt, Syria challenge U.S. to define what it stands for: democracy or stability?
Congress demands OK on possible Syria strikes A Republican lawmaker is rallying support to pressure President Barack Obama into seeking congressional authorization for military strikes against Syria.
Sen. Franken raises concerns about how sequester affects Minnesota seniors U.S. Senator Al Franken is raising concerns about the effect of sequestration on Minnesota seniors.
Charges: woman stowed man's body in freezer A Shorewood woman is accused of killing her boyfriend and stashing his body in a freezer.
Children in the line of fire in recent Mpls. shootings Hennepin County court records show a series of instances over the last month where police say children have been endangered by the presence of guns and gunfire.
Now these are some real student athletes Incoming Ball State freshman Markus Burden won free tuition for a semester -- worth about $11,000 -- by making a half-court shot.
Today's Question: Are Americans too negative? "A wave of negativism rolls across the land. Many Americans are against instead of for. They would rather stop than start, subtract than add, demolish than build," writes NPR's Linton Weeks. True?
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