Residents weigh in as Met Council nears key decisions for SW light rail line Some Minneapolis residents who live near a proposed light rail line are becoming increasingly worried as the Metropolitan Council gets closer to making crucial decisions. This week, the Met Council will present a set of cost estimates for the Southwest light rail line at a pair of public meetings. And some fear one cost of the new light rail line will be the degradation of valuable trails and park land.5:40 a.m.
More mergers as school districts face tight budgets, fewer students People rarely want to see their neighborhood school close or see their children bused to the next town, even if it makes financial sense. But this spring and summer, eight districts are combining into four new districts, the largest number of consolidations in 16 years, the Minnesota Department of Education says.5:45 a.m.
Rep. Kline talks food stamps, immigration and student loans MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline about several issues before the House of Representatives in Washington. He represents Minnesota's Second Congressional District, and is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee.7:45 a.m.
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Federal Probe Continues Into Trayvon Martin Shooting
A Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman for shooting teenager Trayvon Martin does not mean the end of this legal odyssey. The U.S. Justice Department is empowered to go after hate crimes and civil rights violations motivated by racial animus. And the Feds can weigh in if local police or authorities fail to do their jobs from a policing standpoint.
In Second Term, Obama Takes Softer Tone Toward Bushes
When President Obama took office, he rarely invoked the Bush name unless it was to assign blame. Today, he more often mentions the family in admiration. When former President George H.W. Bush visits the White House on Monday, it will be Obama's third Bush meeting in three months.
BPA-Free Plastics Going On Trial In Texas
The case focuses on a line of plastic resins made by Eastman Chemical. The resins don't contain BPA but may indeed act like estrogens, two other chemical companies allege. Eastman is suing.
3 Sprinters Test Positive for Banned Substances
Three well-known track and field athletes from the United States and Jamaica have tested positive for banned substances. One of the athletes who came forward Sunday was Tyson Gay, one of the world's top sprinters over the last 10 years.
Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery
The anterior approach for total hip replacement involves going in through the front of the hip, rather than the back. Proponents say it speeds up recovery time. But recovery time has improved a lot with the traditional techniques, too, and there's not yet enough evidence to say this is better.
More Earnings Reports To Be Released This Week
Earnings season will pick up pace this week with a lot of major financial companies releasing their reports. Big names like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley will spell out how they fared in the second quarter.
J.K. Rowling Admits To Writing 'Cuckoo's Calling'
The little known crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling was written by someone using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. He claimed to be a first time author and former member of the British Royal Military police. London's Sunday Times revealed the writer to be none other than J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame.
Zimmerman Verdict Fuels Fight Over Racial Injustice
Over the weekend, a jury in Sanford, Fla., found George Zimmerman not guilty of charges that he committed murder or manslaughter in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. While it closed a criminal case the nation has followed for nearly a year and a half, it's adding to the conversation about race and equal justice.