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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Southwest LRT
Minneapolis City Council members are fighting back against a likely solution to an impasse regarding the Southwest light-rail line. The planned route angers several city council members, including Betsy Hodges who said the planning process for the project is "almost scandalously flawed." (10/01/2013)
The Washington Post now belongs to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The soon-to-be-renamed Washington Post Co. is retaining the Kaplan education business, Slate magazine, TheRoot.com and Foreign Policy magazine, as well as the Post's headquarters. (10/01/2013)
Missing girls
The five girls between the ages of 11 and 13 had been missing since Monday. (10/01/2013)
The biggest effect of the federal government shutdown will be felt by government employees. In Minnesota as many as 19,000 people work for the federal government. Many are coming to terms with the reality that they may not be working for a while - or that they may be working without pay.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is operating normally in Minnesota, but Minnesota Department of Health officials are not sure how long that will continue.
While researchers debating possible links to environmental chemicals, stress and obesity, kids increasingly are dealing with puberty by the time sex education begins in school.
New accountability ratings released Tuesday show 17 schools will no longer carry the lowest-performing "priority school" label. Another 10 schools were removed from the so-called "focus" list of schools struggling with wide performance disparities among student racial groups.
Lt. June Johnson, an African-American, said a white male supervisor who promoted her told her she only got the promotion because she was black and told her she didn't belong with the department.
The decision to put up a splash page instead of a website is an agency-by-agency call.
Researchers in Sweden say that women who reported stress in midlife from experiences like divorce or a family member's illness were more likely to have dementia or Alzheimer's disease in old age.
The body of Anarae Schunk was identified today. She has been missing since Sept. 22, 2013.
Dr. David Katz, a physician and professor of public health, gives a talk titled "Feet, Forks and the Fate of our Families: Fighting Childhood Obesity." In this speech given at the Clinton School of Public Service, Dr. Katz says the power of lifestyle is so strong, it can refashion our fate.
Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field.
With Tuesday's announcement of Osmo Vanska's resignation as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, here is a timeline of important milestones and highlights during his tenure.
Roughly 1,200 military technicians who support activities of the Minnesota National Guard are being furloughed during the federal government shutdown.
About 38 percent of businesses reported that the Affordable Care Act had either caused them to be more reluctant to hire or actually reduced hiring or layoffs or cuts in hours according to a Creighton University poll.
The MNsure website is slated to open sometime this afternoon, though officials haven't said exactly when. The delay has to do with MNsure's connection to the federal hub, a database filled with citizenship, tax and income information that will be used to determine whether someone is eligible for government programs or subsidies.
Leave it to the "Greatest Generation" to put a visual stamp on leadership.
Time is running out for World War II vets to visit their memorial in Washington; they don't have time for the politicians to grow, act like adults, and govern the nation in a responsible way. They barreled through the barricades today.
Priests who were involved in misconduct received financial, therapeutic and spiritual support, the archdiocese said in a statement released Tuesday.
The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul struggled to handle the volume of new consumers.
American Crystal Sugar will default on a government loan of $71.2 million under a program that provides relief when a glut of sugar depresses prices.
Members of homeless encampment ask police not to break up their settlement because they are safer in a group than on their own.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown early Tuesday morning, with each side blaming the other for stalemate. Where do you think the blame lies?
Minnesota's Democratic members of Congress are blaming Republicans in the US House for the federal government shutdown that began last night. Republicans insist that a short-term spending measure should contain some sort of delay or repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
NPR international correspondent Kelly McEvers spoke Monday, September 30, 2013 as part of MPR's Broadcast Journalist Series. MPR's Tom Crann interviewed McEvers at the University of St. Thomas.
Manufacturers added jobs last month at the fastest pace in more than a year and ramped up production. They also received new orders at a healthy pace, though slower than in August.
James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, said we have two "examples of problematic self-government" upon us: the government shutdown and the possibility that Congress won't raise the debt ceiling.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "Dog Songs," a collection of Mary Oliver's poems about canine companions.
House GOP was determined to undo the health care act.
Minnesota's health insurance exchange, MNsure, launches today. We'll look back at the Massachusetts insurance exchange in 2006 to see what we can expect.
Xcel says it will put up to 20 megawatts of community generated solar power on its system in the next two years to help the utility meet a new solar energy standard.
MNsure, Minnesota's health insurance exchange, gave out $4 million in grants to community organizations to help with outreach, education and enrollment.
Osmo Vanska, the famed conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, resigned today, one year after the musician lockout began.
St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said that a janitor had accidentally mixed chlorine and sulfuric acid and the mixture gave of a toxic cloud.
Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska and Aaron Jay Kernis, founder and director of the orchestra's Composer Institute, quit in frustration following another failed attempt by management and musicians to negotiate a new contract. They left exactly one year after orchestra management locked out musicians.
Linda Woodruff of Zimmerman found the male cub while walking her dogs Saturday.
Gov. Scott Walker will talk with health plan executives about a proposal to shift state employees from HMO health insurance to an employer self-insured program.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation.
Jeffery Trevino, 39, is on trial in Ramsey County on two counts of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, 30-year-old Kira Steger. Steger was last seen alive Feb. 21. Her body was recovered from the river on May 8.
Management said musicians' contract proposals don't solve the organization's financial problems. Then, orchestra management withdrew from two coveted Carnegie Hall shows scheduled for November. It's a move that could lead to the resignation of conductor Osmo Vanska.
"MNsure will be very helpful for people who don't have health insurance today," said Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. "It will also be a real option for people who are buying insurance on the individual market, especially for people who have pre-existing conditions and may not have access to affordable insurance before."
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown early Tuesday morning after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.
Honeybees are in trouble and their population is steadily declining. A growing problem is the prevalence of pest called varroa mites, tiny parasites that attack bee larvae and adult bees in the hives. Some beekeepers are trying to fight disease by improving bee genetics.
While most of us know we're leaving behind a digital trail, consider how intricate that trail is and how easy it is for law enforcement, private investigators and marketers to paint a data portrait based on your actions throughout the day.
Today marks a milestone on the nation's long march toward universal health coverage - the launch of online marketplaces, called exchanges, designed to help people find health insurance they can afford. It's an idea pioneered by Massachusetts seven years ago, with a law championed by former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.
President's remarks are expected to begin at 11:25.

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