Uptick in home sales may be a sign The latest numbers show that Twin Cities home sales are up slightly over last year, a sign that the housing market is beginning to stabilize.6:50 a.m.
Budget to dominate another week at the Capitol Twin Cities metro area residents get their turn this week to sound off at state budget listening sessions set up by state lawmakers. Legislators held several of the town hall style meetings last week in out-state Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
High-voltage power lines could criss-cross Minnesota A for-profit transmission line company wants to build a massive power line across seven states, including Minnesota. The line would take wind from the Dakotas and Minnesota to Chicago and farther east.7:45 a.m.
The cherry takes a trip A Twin Cities icon heads off on a restorative vacation today. The cherry from the Walker Art Center's famed "Spoonbridge with Cherry" will be lifted off its mount in the Sculpture Garden and sent away to get a little work done.7:50 a.m.
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As Suspension Bridges Age, A Search For Failures
Suspension bridges are an ancient but elegant technology. They're built to last, and some, like the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, are more than 100 years old. But none of them will last forever, so engineers are testing a system of sensors that will sound the alarm if a cable nears failure.
Troops Must Gain Afghans' Trust, One Expert Says
David Kilcullen, a former adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, is among those tapped to offer fresh thinking on Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Afghanistan, he says, the U.S. should focus on providing better security for the local population, and separating the militants from them.
Paper Cut: Missouri College Embraces E-Textbooks
On campuses around the country, professors and students are selecting digital versions of textbooks that can be read off of a computer screen. As higher education costs skyrocket, Northwest Missouri State is the first school to try to go entirely book-free.
Afghan Mission Murky As Troop Deployment Looms
President Obama soon will send 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan, but the strategy for the country remains unclear. Obama is receiving input from a wide range of players, including the defense secretary, military leaders and diplomats.
Electric Cars Still Years Away From Paying Off
After years of producing gas guzzlers, automakers are focusing more on electric vehicles. At auto shows across the country, the companies are rolling out a variety of electric vehicles. They may pay off one day, but making electric vehicles affordable and practical will take years.
Library Of Congress Honors Stevie Wonder
The Library of Congress commissioned Stevie Wonder to write a classical composition and it will be performed tonight for the first time. Also this week, Wonder will be awarded the Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Stimulus To Repay Debt To WWII Filipino Veterans
The economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama contains $198 million to pay a long-overdue debt to Philippine veterans of World War II. They were promised payments for fighting the Japanese but never were paid. Some of those war veterans in California desperately need the money.
Chinese Foreclosure Tourists Shopping In U.S.
A new kind of tourist package is being offered in China. Call it the "U.S. Real Estate Bottom-Fishing Tour." The first of 40 Chinese real estate shoppers are looking in the U.S. this week to buy for foreclosure properties and other housing bargains.
Philadelphia Newspaper Inc. Files For Chapter 11
The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News has filed for bankruptcy in an effort to restructure its debt load. Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday.
Downturn Drives Shoppers To Frozen Food Aisles
With tighter budgets, consumers are eating out less. Many are trying to cut costs by buying more frozen meals at the supermarket. Nutritionists says these new eating habits are not as healthful as they could be.