New Vikings stadium might take cue from Beijing Olympics The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has posted a draft Environmental Impact Statement for a new Vikings stadium up on its website, and it refers to the potential usage of ETFE, a polymer made famous as the translucent exterior of the aquatics center built in Beijing for the Olympics.4:53 p.m.
State budget negotiations set to begin The next chapter in the 2013 legislative session is about to begin as Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders start negotiating major tax and spending bills. All three want to increase income taxes on top earners and raise cigarette taxes, but significant differences in each plan could mean an overall deal will take some time to come together.5:20 p.m.
Housing market recovery accelerating Twin Cities housing market has hit the bottom and is now climbing back up, says an industry expert. Recent reports show mounting improvements. Buyers are waging bidding wars as they compete for scarce resources, and new home construction activity is spiking5:24 p.m.
How Doctors Would Know If Syrians Were Hit With Nerve Gas
An international team of doctors is helping Syrian health workers recognize the signs of a chemical attack. They're also teaching them how to collect and preserve tissues as potential evidence if war crimes charges are brought.
Trial Begins For Protesters Who Broke Into Nuclear Complex
Jury selection begins next week in the trial of three nuclear protestors who broke into the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., last summer. The Department of Energy facility houses the nation's stockpile of highly-enriched uranium. The break-in was significant in some unexpected ways.
Everest Fight Reveals Cultural Chasm Between Climbers, Sherpas
This past weekend, Sherpas on Mount Everest attacked a team of elite climbers after an altercation about etiquette and falling ice on route to Camp 3. Audie Cornish talks with the photographer who was part of the climbing team, Jonathan Griffith, about the skirmish and a widening cultural chasm between local Sherpas and western climbers who pay big buck to summit the mountain.
Stories Emerge Of Nigerian Massacre That Killed Hundreds
Evidence is emerging from Nigeria of a brutal massacre of at least 200 civilians earlier this month. The massacre was in an area where Nigeria's military has been battling the insurgent Islamist group Boko Haram. Melissa Block talks to Eric Guttschuss of Human Rights Watch about the situation.
As Youth Crime Spikes, Brazil Struggles For Answers
A high-profile gang rape in Rio de Janeiro has put an uncomfortable spotlight on the sharp rise in crime committed by minors. Poverty, drugs and lack of resources are all seen as contributors to the problem.
New York: A Concrete Jungle And 'City Of Trees,' Too
People generally don't associate trees with New York City, and if they do, they tend to think only of Central and Prospect parks. But the city is filled with old, beloved trees, some dating back more than 200 years, many of them located in the unsung outer boroughs.
Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage
Many farmers are cheering government proposals to give thousands of seasonal farmworkers a path to legal status. But even if the bill passes, it won't solve the long-term trend of fewer migrants coming north to work on U.S. farms. Farmers will instead have to learn how to do more with less immigrant labor.
A British Intellectual's Mission 'To Create The Perfect Wife'
Some people, unlucky in love, turn to matchmaking services. Thomas Day, an 18th century British intellectual, adopted two girls from an orphanage in order to mold them into the women of his dreams. Reviewer Cord Jefferson says Wendy Moore's history is so adroitly written it reads like a novel.
Sequester Puts Some Needing Housing Aid 'Back To Square One'
Housing authorities across the country have all but stopped issuing rent vouchers as they try to deal with across-the-board spending cuts. Many newly issued vouchers have been rescinded, leaving some people homeless or doubled up with family and friends.