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Report: Decades of Church Abuse in Twin Cities

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Earlier this month, Pope Francis begged victims of clerical sexual abuse for forgiveness and promised to hold bishops accountable for covering up the scandal. In recent weeks, a year-long investigation from Minnesota Public Radio revealed decades of abuse and cover-up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese. 

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: House To Revamp Transpo Bill, Twin Cities Renames Transit System, Social Media Helps Airline Passengers Choose Seatmates

Friday, February 24, 2012

Top stories on TN:
In the tech sector, bikes are the new cars. (Link)
Reports: House GOP considers reversal on transit funding. (Link)
A Brooklyn, New York subway station house that was shuttered some four decades ago is open again. (Link)
About a quarter of employees who work in New York area airports make wages that are below the poverty line. (Link)
Seemingly enjoying the fact that neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney supported the bailout of the auto industry, the Obama campaign is out with an ad rubbing it in. (Link)

KLM's "Meet and Seat" program (image courtesy of KLM)

The House will revamp its transportation bill -- and is killing its controversial transit funding provision. (Politico)

...and Democrats are crowing. (The Hill)

The Twin Cities transit system will now be known as "Metro," and the light rail system is being color-coded. Bonus: new logo! (Minnesota Public Radio)

President Obama on high gas prices: “Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth." (New York Times)

Meanwhile, in France, gas has hit $8 a gallon, and prices could go higher. (NPR)

The projected budget deficits for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operations are shrinking. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Denver's rapid transit to the northwest suburbs might actually come in the form of a bus system rather than a rail line as initially promised to voters nearly eight years ago. (Denver Post)

Social seating: Dutch airline KLM is testing a program it calls Meet and Seat, allowing ticket-holders to upload details from their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles and use the data to choose seatmates. (New York Times)

Los Angeles's Metro is locking gates in an effort to curb fare evasion. (Los Angeles Times)

Driverless trains will come to Australia's mining industry by 2014. Next up: driverless trucks. (PSFK)

In Toronto, light rail plans are full speed ahead, regardless of politics. (The Star)

 

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TN MOVING STORIES: Dueling Transportation Bills Released in House, Senate; US and Mexico Reach Cross-Border Trucking Deal, and LA Girds for "Carmageddon"

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Dueling transportation bills will be rolled out today in both the House and the Senate. (Wall Street Journal)

The U.S. and Mexican governments reached an accord to resolve a 15-year cross-border trucking dispute. (The Takeaway)

The Twin Cities' transit system is facing a fare increase -- and a round of cuts. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Metro Atlanta is in for a reality check today when the Atlanta Regional Commission chops the region's $22.9 billion wish list of transportation projects in half. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

New York City won't test-drive a ban on cars in Central Park -- despite local community board support. (New York Daily News)

Officials broke ground on what will be Los Angeles County's first freeway toll lanes, the idea being that drivers will be willing to pay significant sums to avoid rush-hour traffic.  (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, Los Angeles girds itself for the coming "carmageddon." (New York Times)

Some major US companies are leaving the suburbs and relocating their headquarters in cities. (Marketplace)

A flying car -- or "roadable aircraft," whichever you prefer -- has gotten regulatory clearance from the federal government. Watch the video below to see it in action -- folding wings and all. (Wall Street Journal)

Crafters: knit your own bike basket.

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Transportation Nation

Twin Cities Planning Organization Saw 'Golden Age'

Friday, December 31, 2010

(St. Paul, Minn. -- Dan Olson, MPR) A powerful layer of Twin Cities government that many voters have never heard of has a new chair.

On Wednesday Minn. Governor-elect Mark Dayton appointed Susan Haigh to replace Peter Bell as chair of the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning board that oversees transit in the Twin Cities.

Bell is the Met Council's longest serving chair, and the Republican appointee has overseen the completion of several major transit projects. He says the Met Council experienced a "golden age" on his watch.

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