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  • Crucial Southwest light rail vote delayed by months
    The decision to put off the Metropolitan Council vote came following a Tuesday morning meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and several local, regional and state officials.October 15, 2013
  • Southwest light rail committee recommends shallow tunnel through scenic corridor
    All but one of the regional leaders present supported the plan, which also would leave freight trains alongside the tunnels. 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.October 9, 2013
  • Southwest light rail committee recommends shallow tunnel
    An advisory committee for the Southwest light rail project voted nearly unanimously Wednesday to recommend to the Metropolitan Council that the light rail trains run underground in a shallow tunnel through the scenic and narrow Kenilworth Corridor of Minneapolis, keeping freight alongside it. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was the lone "no" vote.October 9, 2013
  • Another sunken freighter found in Lake Superior
    Searchers confirmed the location of the Scotiadoc in more than 850 feet of water last month near Thunder Bay, Ontario, possibly making it the deepest shipwreck ever found in the Great Lakes.October 6, 2013
  • Mayor Rybak calls for Southwest light rail consensus
    If no agreement can be reached on the freight-rail impasse, city officials have suggested that Southwest planners consider a new light-rail alignment. But Met Council chairwoman Sue Haigh said that would delay the project by at least one or two years and send the price tag to soar even higher.October 4, 2013
  • Southwest metro light rail decision postponed again
    An advisory committee for the Southwest Corridor light rail project in the Twin Cities postponed a vote Wednesday on how to resolve a longstanding dispute that continues to threaten the future of the line.October 2, 2013
  • Light rail plan rankles some on Minneapolis City Council
    Minneapolis City Council members are fighting back against a likely solution to an impasse regarding the Southwest light-rail line. The planned route angers several city council members, including Betsy Hodges who said the planning process for the project is "almost scandalously flawed."October 1, 2013
  • Consulting firm declines to make light rail safety recommendations due to a conflict of interest
    Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, a member of the Southwest LRT corridor management committee, expressed frustration at the company's actions. "There were assertions made by the railroad there were horrible safety problems," McLaughlin said. "And we went to the people who were supposed to be the best in the country about dealing with safety problems and they took a pass because their funders, the railroad, probably didn't want them to do it. I think it's a crappy way to do business."September 25, 2013
  • Hundreds pack Minneapolis-St. Paul airport hearing on proposed flight path changes
    More than 400 people gathered in the auditorium of Washburn High School in Minneapolis on Tuesday night to voice concerns about proposed rerouting of air traffic across the city and its surrounding suburbs.August 28, 2013
  • Will Minnesota counties levy $10 wheelage tax? Thursday deadline looms
    The Legislature this year extended the wheelage tax option to all 87 Minnesota counties   and then doubled the fee to $10. Counties have until Thursday to tell the state if they'll levy the tax -- and so far, they're nearly evenly divided on the topic.July 29, 2013
  • Mpls. mayoral candidate Winton wants to redirect SW light rail to Nicollet
    Planners are trying to figure out how to fit light rail, freight rail, and biking trails all along pinch points between Minneapolis and St. Louis Park.July 25, 2013
  • 16-year-old driver killed near Buffalo, Minn.
    The Maple Lake teen was killed after her car collided with a dump truck in Wright county. Emma Rodelius was going to be a senior at Buffalo High School.July 24, 2013
  • Couple killed in Highway 55 crash
    Delano, 71, and Lois Price, 80, were killed after their car was rear-ended. Two others were injured in the crash.July 23, 2013
  • Eight hurt when plane's landing gear collapses at LaGuardia airport
    The Southwest Airlines flight coming from Nashville, Tenn., was carrying 150 passengers and crew, the airline said. The airline said initial reports had five passengers and three crewmembers requiring medical assistance. There was no immediate word on the extent of the injuries.July 22, 2013
  • Injured SF passenger: 'It's miraculous we survived'
    Police officers threw utility knives up to crew members inside the burning wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 so they could cut away passengers' seat belts. Passengers jumped down emergency slides, escaping the smoke. Amid the chaos, some urged fellow passengers to keep calm, even as flames tore through the Boeing 777's fuselage.July 7, 2013

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