Ford accelerates restructuring, layoffs, closings
Ford Motor Company ended some of the uncertainty facing the roughly 1,900 workers at the company's plant in St. Paul. Ford announced it would accelerate its restructuring, shutting more plants and shedding more jobs than originally planned. But the announcement included no accelerated job cuts at the St. Paul plant, which is slated to close in 2008. The announcement left St. Paul workers to sort through a variety of buy-out packages as they decide whether to leave or wait to be laid off.
Minnesota Public Radio's Toni Randolph reports.5:50 p.m.
Violinist solos without her violin New security limitations in Britain prevent musicians from taking most instruments on board with them. So Viktoria Mullova has another plan with the Minnesota Orchestra this weekend.6:23 p.m.
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