Minnesota Fringe Festival turns 15 For the next ten days actors and dancers will perform in over 150 shows throughout Minneapolis in the 15th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival. It's the biggest performing arts festival in the midwest.6:50 a.m.
Jury selection hints at strategies to come A judge in Kandiyohi County has sworn in a jury for the trial of Olga Franco. The jury selection process provided a preview of some of the major issues likely to come up in the trial.7:20 a.m.
Return of the tallgrass prairie Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is taking shape in northwest Minnesota. The large prairie and wetland ecosystem is already attracting birds and scientists.7:23 a.m.
St. Paul funeral home enlists help from Hmong shaman A Hmong shaman held a ceremony yesterday at what used to be a Hmong funeral home to prepare the site for redevelopment. The facility was the first in St. Paul to specialize in traditional Hmong funerals, which typically last for days and involve plenty of food and music.7:52 a.m.
Arts organizations adjust to new Bush priorities When St. Paul's Bush Foundation announced this week that it would change the way it channeled the $40 million a year it gives away in philanthropic support, the news sent ripples of concern throughout the state's non-profit community.8:24 a.m.
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Olympics Officials, Beijing Made Deal On Web Limits
While the Chinese government promised that the foreign media would be free to cover more than just the Olympics while in China, Internet censorship will still be in place. The International Olympic Committee admitted it cut a deal with Beijing to censor Internet content. That has outraged human rights and press groups.
Maryland Residents Asked To Cut Energy Use
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, would like to see a 15 percent per-capita reduction in energy use by 2015. But achieving this reduction will require residents to change everyday behaviors and use more energy-efficient technologies.
Republicans Stand By Stevens' Re-Election Bid
Most Republicans are rallying around Sen. Ted Stevens. His Alaska seat, once an easy GOP win, is now on less certain ground. Stevens will be arraigned Thursday on charges of allegedly lying about gifts from an Alaska contractor.
In Switzerland, An Easier Path For The Disabled
In Switzerland, disabled children can receive quality care even after their parents pass away. In the United States, people with disabilities can face a future that is much more precarious.
Baggage-Handling Glitch Stalls Flights At JFK Airport
It was quite a scene at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday after a software breakdown in the baggage handling system. American Airlines cancelled nearly 50 flights because of the problem. And more flights are likely to be affected Thursday.
White House Turns To Regulation To Help Economy
The Bush administration has been committed to smaller government and a rollback of government regulations. But in the final six months of the administration, there's been a reversal — at least when it comes to the economy. There are new government rules on mortgages and limits on stock market investors.
San Francisco Under Fire For Immigrant 'Sanctuary'
San Francisco's policy of providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants has drawn criticism after one of those immigrants was accused of killing three people. On Wednesday, demonstrators on both sides faced off on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.