Stadium bills still face tough road at Capitol Republicans in the House say Democrats are trying to make Gov. Pawlenty look bad by killing a stadium for the Minnesota Twins. And some members of the public say it's just fine if lawmakers can't agree on a stadium for the Twins or Vikings.5:18 p.m.
Suburban poverty on the rise
Twin Cities suburban counties are experiencing a problem usually associated with inner cities or rural areas -- an alarming increase in poverty rates. That's the finding of a new assessment by economic assistance officials in Dakota County. That county has the most dramatic example of a trend occurring throughout the seven-county metro region, where populations are increasing, but public assistance caseloads are rising even faster. Dakota county's Director of Economic Assistance, Ruth Kruger, says its inevitable for suburbs to become more economically diverse.5:24 p.m.
Rising gas costs ending sprawl? At one point lower gasoline prices allowed families to afford a nice home out in the country and not pay an arm and leg for fuel to get to Minneapolis or St. Paul for work. But has $3 gas changed that equation?5:48 p.m.
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Manual Outlines Approved Interrogation Methods
The Army interrogation manual, which was supposed to be released in May 2005, will set the standard for all services and include a classified annex with approved interrogation techniques. Sources say that the White House and Pentagon would like to have a two-track process with the techniques, one for legal combatants and another for illegal combatants. The latter would presumably be more "strenuous."
Progress in Iraq Reroutes U.S. Troops
One brigade slated for deployment to Iraq this summer will instead be staying in Germany, courtesy of the Pentagon's reassessment of troop levels. Will political progress in Baghdad allow the Defense Department to lower U.S. force levels in the weeks ahead?
Colorado Loses 'Best and Brightest' in Iraq
Capt. Ian Weikel has been described as one of the best and brightest of Colorado Springs. Weikel was quarterback of his high school football team, a West Point graduate and a devoted Christian. Weikel, 31, was killed by an IED in Iraq on April 18.
Tony Blair Hangs on as Labour Party Is Pummeled
The British Labour Party tried to stop a damaging feud over its leadership Wednesday as an opinion poll showed the party's support falling to a 14-year low. Prime Minister Tony Blair, in office for nine years, has been under pressure from members of his own party to name a date to hand over the office to his likely successor, finance minister Gordon Brown.
Columnist Weighs in on Blair's Woes
Robert Siegel talks with Matthew Parris, columnist for the Times of London and former conservative member of Parliament, about the woes of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
A Family's Wait for U.S. Visas Spans Generations
Many of those waiting to immigrate to the United States legally are hoping to join relatives already in America. But the system is so overwhelmed that some families, like the Lobos of the Philippines, end up being divided for years while they wait for visas to become available.
Superintendent Joins Forces to Save on Heating Costs
Paul Knowles, the superintendent of Maine's School Administrative District 11, has seen the district's heating and electricity costs rise nearly 24 percent since last year. By joining with dozens of local organizations, he obtained a yearlong contract to provide heating oil at $2.29 a gallon.
Denise Djokic Resuscitates Folk Classics
Cellist Denise Djokic has recorded a warm and wonderful CD called Folk Lore. Djokic's music is inspired by folk songs such as Tarantella, an Italian folk dance that inspired Stravinsky. Tom Manoff has this music review.
House Expected to Approve Tax-Cut Extension
Five years ago, Congress passed a package of tax cuts for investors who receive income from stocks, bonds and other holdings. They reduced the top tax rate to 15 percent for dividends and capital gains. The cuts were set to expire after 2008 so as to restrain their effect on future deficits, but now Republican leaders in Congress want to extend them. The House today is expected to approve the 15 percent rate for two years past 2008.
Fed Stays Vague on Future Rate Increases
The Federal Reserve decides Wednesday to raise its key short-term interest rate to 5 percent. That much was expected. But Fed remained vague about the likelihood of future rate increases. "Some" increase in rates "may yet be needed to address inflation risks," the Fed said. Robert Siegel talks with Jack Speer.