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Archdiocese launches a task force on clergy sex abuse. Also, what happens if the debt ceiling isn't raised?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

We also look into the ups and downs of the Twin Cities housing market, a key vote on metro light rail, new unemployment figures, and worries about the end of a temporary stimulus program for food stamps.

  • New church task force on clergy abuse begins its work
    A psychologist who works on sex offender management, a computer forensics expert and a former St. Paul police sergeant are among those tasked with looking into clergy sexual misconduct.
  • Secrets of the Twin Cities Archdiocese
    We've created this special page for MPR News investigations and stories about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that began in September.
  • What happens if debt ceiling is not raised?
    The government is shut down because Congress hasn't passed any spending bills into law. But the unanswered phones and dark federal offices are nothing compared to what could happen if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling.
  • Southwest light rail committee recommends shallow tunnel through scenic corridor
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, the lone "no" vote, pledged to continue to press the railroads to relocate freight traffic out of the Kenilworth Corridor, a scenic area that includes bicycle trails.
  • Twin Cities housing market confuses many
    Lots of people involved in the housing market say it still has vigor but has been slowing down. Some say they noticed the market turn down before September.
  • Group will pay schools to get students to eat breakfast
    The Minnesota School Breakfast Challenge will offer a 10 cent incentive for each breakfast a school serves above the number they served last year.
  • Weekly US jobless claims tick up
    A government spokesman said that about half the weekly increase occurred in California, where officials processed applications that were delayed several weeks by a computer upgrade. One-quarter of the increase reflected applications from employees at government contractors.
  • As temporary food stamp boost ends, anxiety mounts across US
    Food stamps -- actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- go to 47 million Americans a month, almost half of them children and teenagers.
  • Target laying off 150 in Twin Cities
    The layoffs come in areas where Target said it saw duplication or overlap of responsibilities or a need for fewer employees in the future, the company said Wednesday. About 75 percent of the cuts have been made already. Target would not discuss the types of jobs involved or what they pay.
  • A conversation with the Star Tribune's new editor
    The Star Tribune has a new editor. Just three weeks after Nancy Barnes left Minnesota's biggest newsroom, the paper promoted managing editor Rene Sanchez to the top editorial spot.
  • Police arrest more than a dozen reputed gang members
    Authorities say all the suspects are members of the East Side Boys. They were arrested as part of an effort by Minneapolis and St. Paul police, plus the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
  • Wisconsin man dies on the day he was to be married
    Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Gronemus suffered third-degree burns over 75 percent of his body in a welding accident Oct. 1.
  • Minn. lawmakers try for handle on synthetic drugs
    Several House committees held a joint meeting, including a special panel set up to address the spread of synthetics. The issue made headlines in Minnesota in recent months with the federal prosecution of a Duluth head shop owner who sold such drugs; on Monday, Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson was convicted on 51 of 55 counts.
  • 8,000 MNsure accounts created so far
    MNsure officials say roughly 8,000 accounts have been created on the state's new health insurance marketplace as of Wednesday afternoon, but they will not disclose until next week how many consumers have actually enrolled in a health plan.
  • Rudy Maxa suggests taking the road less planned
    Travel expert says the best trips are the ones that leave room for the unexpected.
  • Films that inspire fans to travel
    For this week's Screen Time, we talk about the movies that made you want to travel.
  • Father of child stowaway: 'How is this possible?'
    As his son is brought back from Las Vegas, the unnamed man appeared at a press conference with his face shielded from view to say, "We assumed he was at a friend's house. We had no idea where he was."

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