Minnesota transport officials propose spending up to $5 billion to improve rail For years, rail advocates have touted the environmental and financial advantages of moving people and freight by rail. Now they have support from Minnesota transportation officials, who propose investing billions of dollars over the next 20 years in improved rail service. The snag is where to find the money.4:44 p.m.
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Dr. Jon Hallberg on deer ticks and Lyme disease Earlier than usual spring weather has lead to earlier appearances of ticks and earlier cases nationwide of Lyme disease. That has led to new attention on its treatment, and its signs and symptoms.5:50 p.m.
Minnesota transport officials propose spending up to $5 billion to improve rail For years, rail advocates have touted the environmental and financial advantages of moving people and freight by rail. Now they have support from Minnesota transportation officials, who propose investing billions of dollars over the next 20 years in improved rail service. The snag is where to find the money.6:20 p.m.
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