Minnesota educators tackle standards for evaluating principals The state education system lacks a method with which to evaluate school principals. A growing body of research highlights the crucial role school principals play in creating good environments for learning. With increasing pressure over the last decade to improve student achievement, a group of educators will develop the evaluation criteria.6:25 a.m.
Minneapolis lobbies for Vikings stadium Minneapolis has re-emerged as a player in the debate over a Minnesota Vikings stadium. Yesterday, Mayor R.T. Rybak met with Governor Dayton in a push to keep the Vikings in his city. Rybak says three possible sites in Minneapolis are cheaper than the Viking's perferred site in Arden Hills. That meeting came after a week of talks held between the governor, lawmakers the N-F-L and the Vikings. Mayor Rybak spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer about Minneapolis' renewed interest in the negotiations.7:20 a.m.
Some Jefferson Avenue Bikeway neighbors try to brake project The Twin Cities usually gets high marks as a great place to ride a bike. Federal dollars are paying for more programs to encourage alternatives to driving. But one proposal to expand cycling in St. Paul has some residents considering legal action.7:25 a.m.
New help for underwater mortgage holders About 16-percent of all mortgages in Minnesota are underwater, according to the national research firm CoreLogic. That means close to 95,000 Minnesotans owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. President Obama is establishing new rules to help underwater homeowners refinance their mortgages. Commissioner Mary Tingerthal of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer about the program.7:40 a.m.
The Potential Reach Of Obama's Refinancing Plan
The president's plan would help homeowners refinance with lower rates even if their homes are worth less than what they owe. This idea has been around for a while, and the economists who proposed it say it could work — if it's done on a larger scale. It depends on investor cooperation, they say.
A Push To Register New Voters Reaches Behind Bars
Tens of millions of Americans who are eligible to vote are not registered, so before every big election there's a push to sign them up. One South Carolina doctor is passionate about registering those whom others might ignore: county jail inmates.
New Bio Quotes Jobs On God, Gates And Great Design
Biographer Walter Isaacson draws on more than 40 interviews with the late Apple co-founder in his new book, Steve Jobs. Isaacson describes how Jobs grappled with being adopted, how he became a notoriously demanding boss, and how he fought the cancer that eventually killed him.
Tunisians Await Election Results
Turnout was huge in Tunisia's first democratic election, with almost 90 percent of the population casting their votes. The official results will be announced Tuesday afternoon in the capital Tunis, but there are already signs that the moderate Muslim party has done very well.
In Miami, School Aims For 'Biliterate' Education
At Coral Way, the children of political refugees fleeing Cuba in the 1960s were not only expected to learn English, but also expected to remain fluent in Spanish and hold on to their culture. Today's students can read, speak and write in both languages.
Communication Issues For Cardinals In Game 5 Loss
The Texas Rangers rallied with a two-run double in the eighth inning, winning Monday's game 4-2 and taking a 3-2 lead in the World Series. But they also benefited from a highly unusual communication breakdown on the part of the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis hosts Game 6 on Wednesday.
More Bad News For Netflix: 800,000 Customers Lost
First there was the price change, which drove away customers. Then there was a botched attempt to split the company in two — DVDs and streaming. Netflix pulled back after a big backlash. Now, Wall Street is digesting the damage. Netflix announced it lost more than 800,000 customers in the most recent quarter. The company did report a nearly 50 percent jump in revenue over last year.
FedEx Expects Surge In Holiday Shipping, Hiring
The Memphis-based shipping giant has boosted its domestic shipping forecast for the holiday season and says it will hire more seasonal employees than it did last year to help handle the shipments.
A Sigh Of Relief For A Rebounding Shopping Center
One strip mall in Phoenix was foreclosed on in March, but things have turned around quickly since then. Although it was a big commitment for smaller store owners to move in without the critical large anchor store the complex needed, things are paying off after a gym and popular restaurant came in.
Newspaper Association Banks On Smart Being Sexy
"Smart is sexy" is the tagline for a new ad campaign the Newspaper Association of America just rolled out. The Internet has stolen readers and advertising dollars from newspapers, which are still trying to find a way to be profitable. Visits to newspaper websites are up over the past year, but the association wants to seduce more readers.