MNsure 101: Your guide MNsure, the state's online health insurance marketplace, goes live on Oct. 1. We've created an essential guide to help you understand what MNsure is, how it affects you and your family, and how it will change your options for insurance coverage. Can you keep your doctor? We've got that covered, too.4:53 p.m.
Cigarettes sales are down, but tobacco tax revenue is up Cigarette sales in Minnesota have dropped since a $1.60 per pack tax increase took effect July 1, while sales of "roll-your-own" tobacco and e-cigarettes have increased. At the same time, ClearWay has seen interest in its smoking cessation programs rise by 240 percent.5:24 p.m.
Two Minn. lawmakers want better reporting of study abroad dangers A Minnesota foundation for study-abroad safety estimates more than 400 American students have died on study abroad over the past 15 years. Hundreds more have contacted the Mound-based ClearCauseFoundation after students experienced injuries and sexual assaults, negligent chaperones, and unsafe transportation and housing conditions. Now two Minnesota lawmakers want to draft legislation that would make programs safer by shedding light on the dangers involved.5:51 p.m.
Investigation Continues After Nairobi Mall Siege
Now that the siege at the Nairobi mall has ended, investigators are trying to determine the identity of the attackers, just exactly how many people died in the four-day standoff and how it could have happened.
FBI Releases New Images, Info From Navy Yard Shooting
The FBI offered new details Wednesday about the Sept. 16 shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The shooter, Aaron Alexis, was apparently delusional, believing for the three months prior to the incident that he was being controlled by extremely low-frequency electromagnetic waves. A video released of the incident shows Alexis driving into the building and then walking in stairways and halls armed with a shotgun. The FBI says was not targeting anyone in particular.
U.S. Signs Arms Trade Treaty, But Will The Senate Ratify It?
Secretary of State John Kerry signed the International Arms Trade Treaty meant to stem the flow of weapons that have fueled civil wars and atrocities. Activists hailed the move, saying it could put the U.S. in a better position to lean on Russia to stop arming Bashar al-Assad's regime. But the Obama administration will have a tough time getting the Senate to approve it.
Despite Iran's Charm Offensive, Is Containment The Best Policy?
Robert Siegel talks with Kenneth Pollack about Iran, President Rouhani's Tuesday speech at the UN and how the U.S. should regard him. Pollack is a former intelligence analyst and in his new book, Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy, he argues for a Cold War-style policy of containing Iran.
Univ. Of Alabama Sororities Accept A Few Students Of Color
At least four black women and other minority students have joined sororities at the University of Alabama. The word to reopen the bidding process came after some spoke out about alleged discrimination in the recruiting process. Experts say segregation is illegal yet it's happening at schools across the country. Some see the new pledges as a first step toward change. For others, it's a symbolic gesture.
N.Y High School Cancels Football Season After Player's Death
Melissa Block talks to Keith McShea of The Buffalo News about a western New York high school that canceled its varsity football team's season after the death of one of its players, Damon Janes. The 16-year-old running back sustained a severe head injury during a game and died three days later.
If The Government Shuts Down, You May Not Notice (At First)
Despite the doom and gloom, there would likely be limited economic impact from a government shutdown — at least initially. People who can't go to a national park just go to a movie instead. And in the last shutdown, in the 1990s, furloughed park rangers eventually collected retroactive pay.
Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton
Everything former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says gets a tremendous amount of attention, even if she says virtually nothing, says strategist Geoff Garin. And that's not likely to change as the 2016 presidential race gets closer.
Rokia Traoré On Taking Up Music, And Mali's 'Iron Women'
The Malian singer-songwriter finished her latest album, Beautiful Africa, just as war was breaking out in her home country. Traoré says that working as a musician has helped her make peace with a conflicted sense of cultural identity.