London calling: The Delta Airlines-Virgin Atlantic dealby Phil Picardi, Minnesota Public Radio,
Hart Van Denburg, Minnesota Public Radio
We have more on the state health care insurance voucher program that doesn't seem to be working very well. Also, we hear from the police chief who lost one of his men nearly two weeks ago. And, Minnesota wildlife experiences the drought. But first up, news about Delta Airlines.
DELTA TAKEOFF: Twin Cities hub airline Delta wants to buy Singapore Airlines' 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic. Delta's $360 million dollar purchase would end Singapore's 12-year investment in the British carrier and would give Delta landing rights at London's Heathrow airport. The deal is subject to regulatory clearance in the US and Europe.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? T-Mobile says has upgraded its wireless voice and data services in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. The wireless company said the network enhancement includes St. Cloud, Brooklyn Park, east Bloomington, the Mall of America, the Xcel Center, and the University of Minnesota.
MORE SOUR NOTES: Management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Monday canceled all concerts through Feb. 8. In a message to board members, donors, administrative staff and musicians, Interim SPCO President Dobson West said management is waiting for a counterproposal from musicians.
ABOVE AVERAGE: Minnesota students scored above national and international averages in math and science test scores released Tuesday. Data from the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Minnesota 8th graders scored near the top in science and math. RECORDED SHOOTING: The man accused of killing two teenagers who allegedly broke into his Little Falls home recorded the incident on video and audio devices, according to court documents, according to court documents that are now public.
COLD SPRING SHOOTING: Since the shooting death of Officer Tom Decker, Cold Spring Police Chief Phil Jones has remained mostly silent, but said in an interview with MPR News that he has faith in the investigation.
DAKOTA WAR: It was 150 years ago this month that the U.S.-Dakota war ended with one of the most noteworthy events in Minnesota history -- the hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato. In this special report, we, tell the story from the perspective of John Biewen, a Mankato native who heard next to nothing about the war during his childhood there.
WASHBOARDS: The drive into work this morning was tough not just in the Twin Cities, but also in big parts of southern Minnesota, after the recent snow storm. Many people want to know, what's the reason for the washboard roads? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kevin Gutknecht, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
FROZEN DROUGHT: The heavy snow that fell on parts of central Minnesota over the weekend may be too late to help relieve widespread drought. Climatologists say with the ground now frozen, most winter snow will run off into rivers and lakes next spring, providing little relief for the state's parched soil, and for its wildlife.
MINNESOTACARE: The Healthy Minnesota Contribution Program was supposed to shift 4,200 people from the MinnesotaCare program to a voucher system. But the program itself is having a hard time getting off the ground, and that's having an impact on people like Judie Nyholm, who has not had health insurance since July, when the 61-year-old Brooklyn Center resident was dropped from MinnesotaCare.
We have the story of an experimental treatment that may be the only way they can save some people who have contracted a dangerous colon infection, some Minnesota doctors are transplanting donated human feces into their patients' colons.
KEYSTONE XL: A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to temporarily halt work on a private property where it is building part of an oil pipeline designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the latest legal battle to plague a project that has encountered numerous obstacles nationwide.
BULLYING CONTROVERSY: The Anoka-Hennepin School Board listened to testimony but took no action Monday evening after a group presented a petition seeking the ouster of one member of the district's anti-bullying task force.
SANTACON: It's a meetup, it's a party, it's a spectacle: SantaCon is coming to town -- in fact, to nearly 300 towns and cities around the world.
Phil Picardi is a newscaster for MPR News, and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away.