U of M has big plans for UMore Park land The University of Minnesota has big plans for UMore Park, 5,000 acres it owns in Rosemount. The university hopes to build an environmentally friendly community on the land -- one that could be home to 30,000 people in a few decades.6:20 a.m.
Lone finalist for Minneapolis superintendent to meet public This is the week Minneapolis parents can "get to know" the next leader of the Minneapolis Public schools. Bernadeia Johnson, the district's deputy superintendent, is the lone finalist for the superintendent's job. She'll be at three community meetings to talk with district residents.7:25 a.m.
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Toyota Announces Fix For Recall Vehicles In U.S.
Toyota said Monday that dealers will receive parts to fix sticky gas pedals later this week, but the millions of customers affected by the large recall may have to wait for repairs. The Japanese automaker said technicians still have to be trained to do the much-needed repairs.
How Recall Affects Toyota's Largest U.S. Market: Calif.
Toyota's recall of millions of vehicles plus its decision to halt sales of eight popular car models will have a big impact in California — the company's largest American market. Toyota's bad news may be a boon for sales at other dealerships.
Japan's Corporate Ills
Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep report on a few Japanese companies that have fallen on hard times.
Fifty Years Later, N.C. Sit-In Site Becomes Museum
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 1, four black college students sat down at a whites-only Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., and asked to be served. Their action sparked a movement that helped lead to the integration of public places. Now the building that housed that lunch counter is a civil rights museum, opening Feb. 1.
A Racket Sport For Wintertime
Championships were just held for a sport you may not have heard of — platform tennis. The rules are the same as regular tennis, but players use rackets that look like oversized pingpong paddles with pencil-sized holes in them, and they get one serve.
Ukraine Journal: Warm Welcome In A Bleak Place
NPR's David Greene took up his new assignment in the former Soviet Union aware of its reputation as a cold and distant place. He learned differently from some new Russian friends living in Ukraine that the locals can be very hospitable and that "teatime" can sometimes mean cognac instead.
How Revving Up Your Heart Rate, Even A Bit, Pays Off
Getting fit can seem a daunting task, but increasingly, research is finding that small changes can make a big difference. Something as simple as brisk walking can markedly improve fitness — and lifespan. One key to optimizing your workout is getting your heart rate in the target zone.
Amazon Agrees To Bump Up Prices On E-Books
Online bookseller Amazon.com has capitulated in a fight with a major publisher. After a standoff with MacMillan, Amazon has agreed to raise the prices of its e-books. MacMillan and other publishers don't like the prices Amazon has been charging — especially that $9.99 price tag for bestsellers. Publishers want to charge more. And they're in a stronger position, in part thanks to Apple, which entered the online bookselling world with its new iPad device.
France Sets Target For Women In Boardrooms
The French government has put forward legislation that would see women make up half the figures in France's leading boardrooms within the next five years. In a bill modeled on similar legislation already in place in Norway, all companies listed on the Paris stock exchange would have to gradually add women directors to their boards until they make up 50 percent of board members by 2015.
Sales Of Electric Bicycles Surge
Electric bikes are a new global growth industry — they are competing with regular bikes and cars now. In the U.S., the retailer Best Buy now sells electric bikes. Some are made with lighter materials and are designed to appeal to baby boomers, as The New York Times reported Monday. China, which has a widespread tradition of biking, has $120 million electric bicycles on the roads — compared with 200,000 in the U.S.