Northstar commuter rail reaches major milestone The proposed Northstar Commuter Rail service appears to be moving forward, with the announcement Monday of a key track leasing deal. The agreement gives the Northstar Rail Authority permission to use Burlington Northern Santa Fe track between Big Lake and Minneapolis indefinitely.7:20 a.m.
Pilot project helps homeless with mental illness
People Incorporated, a Minnesota nonprofit, is looking for state dollars to fund a pilot program that helps homeless people with mental illness. The program is the first of its kind in Minnesota. Close to 200 adults receive six-month transitional housing and support from University of Minnesota psychiatrists. Following the six-month period, they have access to resources for up to three years, or beyond if necessary, as they settle into new housing. Cathy Wurzer talked with Tim Burkett, Executive Director of People Incorporated.7:55 a.m.
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Competent Police Force is Key to Iraq Peace
Insurgent attacks are tearing Iraq apart. The Iraqi police force must be rebuilt before it can be fully relied on to quell the violence. American trainers and advisers are helping to accomplish that mission.
Experts Question U.S. Policy on Hamas
U.S. and Israeli policy toward the new Palestinian Authority, now led by Hamas, appears to be aimed at causing the government to fail. Some experts on the Mideast believe this is a flawed policy that will hurt both the United States and Israel.
Zacarias Moussaoui Requests a New Trial
Confessed terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison last week. He has now asked the federal judge in his case for a new trial. In a motion to the court, Moussaoui says he thought the judicial system was a charade and he would be given the death penalty.
Victims' Families Testify at Band Manager Sentencing
Victims' families testify in Rhode Island at the sentencing hearing for a former band manager whose fireworks killed 100 people at a nightclub three years ago. Daniel Biechele has pleaded guilty to 100 charges of involuntary manslaughter. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
Businesses Await U.S. Report on Chinese Currency
The Treasury Department prepares to issue its semi-annual report that identifies countries involved in manipulating the value of their currencies. The focus this time around is on China, which is accused by many of keeping the value of the yuan artificially low.
Drivers Are Parking the SUV in Favor of a Scooter
When a Hummer drives up to NoHo Scooters in North Hollywood, Calif., owner Mike Frankovich is no longer surprised. With big jumps in gasoline prices, sales are skyrocketing at scooter shops around the nation.
Questions Still Hover Over Wiretapping Program
It has been five months since the story of the National Security Agency's warrant-less wiretapping program first broke. But basic questions remain: Is the program legal? How big is it? How many people have been targeted?
Next CIA Director Faces Plenty of Challenges
Jack Devine, a 32-year CIA veteran, says the next person put in charge of the agency needs to rally the organization's sagging morale, and then turn his attention to the problems of Iraq and Afghanistan. Devine worked in the CIA's clandestine services. He left in 1999.
Mexican Migrants Leave Kids, Problems Back Home
As Mexicans migrate to the United States, many are leaving their children behind in the care of extended families. That's causing problems in their home communities: children are doing poorly in school, dropping out and turning to criminal activity.