Arlington HS backers say bad rap led to budget ax St. Paul School District officials proposed closing Arlington High School as a way to fill a nearly $30 million budget deficit. Supporters say Arlington's flaw isn't bad students or teachers -- it's a bad reputation that's never gone away.6:25 a.m.
A special moment in Minnesota spring It's spring in Minnesota, a season essayist Peter Smith enjoys. And he says we're in the midst of a very special season within the season.6:55 a.m.
42,000 lost small-group health coverage last year Enrollment in state-sponsored public health plans surged by a nearly equal amount. The state's HMOs attribute the shifts in health coverage to the bad economy and the rising cost of health care.7:20 a.m.
Author's take on Shiue case More psychological experts will take the stand today to tell a judge whether or not Ming Sen Shiue should be locked up indefinitely as a "dangerous sexual predator." Shiue was convicted 30 years ago of murder, kidnapping and rape. He's eligible for parole from federal prison in July. He took the stand himself yesterday, saying he is no longer dangerous.7:25 a.m.
Seniors will see $250 checks to cover Medicare Part D gap Beginning this fall, some senior citizens will start getting $250 checks as a result of the new federal health care law.
The rebate will go to seniors who are enrolled in Medicare's Part D prescription drug plan and have hit the coverage gap known as the "doughnut hole."7:40 a.m.
Out-of-state firefighters in Minnesota to help Fire fighting crews from Illinois and Michigan have been called in to help control several large wildfires burning in Minnesota. Those crews will also help react to new fires that crop up, as the spring dry-spell continues this week.7:45 a.m.
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Goldman Sachs Announces Earnings Amid Scrutiny
Wall Street investment giant Goldman Sachs reported Tuesday that its first-quarter earnings almost doubled to $3.3 billion — as its trading business again surpassed the rest of the financial industry. On Friday, the SEC announced civil fraud charges against Goldman over how it packaged and sold one of its subprime mortgage investments.
Democrats Eye Financial Reform Amid Goldman Woes
With Goldman Sachs facing a lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the effort to get financial regulatory legislation on the Senate floor is getting a fillip. But Republicans show no signs of backing down their opposition to the current bill.
Iceland Volcano Emits More Lava, Less Ash
The volcano in Iceland, which caused havoc within the airline industry, is continuing to quiet down. While it is still erupting, the nature of the emissions has changed. More lava is being produced now and less ash is being emitted.
Fraud Suspected In Sudan Election Results
Poll workers in Sudan are counting ballots cast in the first multi-party elections in 24 years. But Sudan's national government is not expected to change much once the results are announced. Election monitors agree that the vote did not meet international standards.
Arizona Passes Tough Illegal Immigration Law
Arizona is enhancing its already hard-line stance against illegal immigration with a new law that makes the state the toughest in the nation for illegal immigrants. But will the measure withstand legal challenges from civil libertarians who claim it's unconstitutional?
Sebelius: Insurers To Meet Health Requirement Early
The nation's two largest health insurers say they will start early to meet a requirement of the new health law: Letting young adults remain on their parents' health plans until age 26. That means potentially hundreds of thousands of students graduating college this spring won't face a several month coverage gap. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her department reached out to see if insurers would move quickly on the issue.
'The Grown-Up Brain': Sharper Than Once Thought
Science writer Barbara Strauch set out to explain why our brains falter in middle age, and wound up writing a book about how they can flourish. Scientists tell us that as we careen through middle age, our brains do slow down. We have trouble retrieving names, or we get easily distracted. But the news is nowhere as bad as we might think.
GM To Pay Government Loan Back Early
General Motors reportedly is set to announce it's paying back billions of dollars in government bailout money earlier than the original June deadline. The emergency loans helped the automaker get through the financial crisis and bankruptcy. The company is expected to officially announce the repayment on Wednesday.
Flight Delays Stall Fresh Veggies To Britain
The suspension of air transport in northern Europe is starting to have a severe impact on a number of small to medium size businesses. Companies that supply goods or services to the airlines and airports are the first affected, but so are those who rely on imported foodstuffs and products. Half of the vegetables and 95 percent of the fruit consumed in Britain come from abroad.
United, Continental Revive Merger Talks
After flirting with US Airways, United Airlines reportedly is courting Continental Airlines for a possible merger instead. This is a familiar dance for Chicago-based United, which has tried but failed to close separate merger deals with both US Airways and Continental in the past.