The cleanup and recovery begins in Hugo Cleanup and recovery begin in earnest today in the city of Hugo, two days after a tornado ripped through town killing a toddler and destroying dozens of homes.
Much of yesterday was spent assessing the damage and making the area where the tornado touched down was safe enough for residents to return.
Officials gave residents an update on the damage last night and said many of the access restrictions will be lifted today.7:20 a.m.
A case for populist golf There are plenty of expensive golf courses in Minnesota. But Peter Smith reminds us that it's not the pricetag that makes the experience worthwhile.7:55 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest news on Wall Street, the high price of oil, and a steep fall in home prices.8:25 a.m.
Travel restrictions lifted in Hugo, students return to school Most of the travel restrictions in Hugo have been lifted, two days after a confirmed tornado killed a toddler and destroyed 50 homes. Highway 61 has reopened in Hugo, and city officials have allowed most residents in the area where the twister hit to return to their homes. Meanwhile, students are returning to school today. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Weber reported from Hugo City Hall.8:45 a.m.
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Chinese City Partners with New York School
Dalian, China, a coastal city not far from North Korea, has created an unlikely alliance with the State University of New York. In the city's quest to be world-class and high-tech, it has turned to SUNY for help in training autoworkers at Dalian's University of Technology.
Auditor: Supervisors Covered Up Risky Loans
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Congo Seeks Help to Reopen Famed Uranium Mine
Congo's uranium deposits were crucial in World War II. Nowadays, as international interest in nuclear energy and uranium is surging, the Shinkolobwe mining site is closed. But there are concerns that informal mining might be taking place for cobalt in the same radioactive soil.
22-Year-Old Buddhist Master Visits U.S.
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Israeli Farmers Push to Maintain Ties with Gaza
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Exxon Investors Propose Green Resolutions
Rising oil prices have made investors in Exxon a lot of money, but some of those shareholders want the company to have a greener conscience. At Exxon's annual meeting Wednesday, a group of investors plan to push resolutions requiring the corporation to reduce its emissions and to do more research into renewable energy sources.
Plotting the Sichuan Earthquake's Economic Toll
About 88,000 people are estimated to be missing following China's devastating earthquake two weeks ago. Although Sichuan province is larger than California, analysts say the economic fallout is likely to be contained.