THE NEW FORTY Oh yes, they heard you now.
The buck stops here - actually, the two bucks.
Iwas incensedwhen I first readthat Verizon Wirelesswas going tocharge a $2.00 fee for one-time credit and debit payments. Verizon decided upon the added... Posted on 1/2/12 at 6:37 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER They are not really checks
People who receive checks unexpectedly from companies they don't know could be in for a surprise if they cash the checks, something a legislative bill is written to avoid.
The mailings often are "... Posted on 3/3/10 at 5:58 PM
HEALTHBEAT The 800-pound gorilla of health care reform
The Minnesota Department of Health is continuing to plow into the details of reforming the state's health care.
It's the public's turn today to provide feedback at a meeting in St. Paul, hosted by the... Posted on 4/2/09 at 7:25 AM
Marge Hames set up again today across the street from the New Ulm Kmart, one of 15 stores that Sears Holding plans to close. Hames has two signs that read "Keep Kmart Open" and "These 'associates' are friends, neighbors and family."
Some blame President Barack Obama. Some just cite "the government," while others believe it's the work of big, greedy oil companies. No matter who is responsible, almost everyone seems to want the government to do something, even if people aren't sure what, exactly, it should or can do.
Under pressure from animal rights activists and sensing a shift in consumer sentiment, several major pork producers have agreed to phase out gestation crates and switch to more open pens.Experts say at least some of those expenses are likely to be passed on in the price of ham, bacon, chops and sausage.
The Canadian Airports Council says in a report titled "One of Our Airports is Missing" that last year a 4.8-million one-way trips were made by Canadians to American airports, an increase of 15 percent from 2010.
The unforeseen premium increases have caused a rash of calls to state regulators and advocates from worried or irate older Minnesotans.
But the effect could go much further. It could dampen a new three-year effort by state agencies to convince more people to finance their own long-term care in old age.
Canada's three largest tobacco companies are set to square off against a group of Quebec smokers in a landmark civil case that is considered the biggest in Canadian history, with up to $27 billion in damages and penalties at stake.
Prices aren't changing from the previous models. They will start at $499. Versions capable of accessing cellular networks will cost $629 to $829. Apple said the new display will be sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. The company says it will show more saturated colors than previous models.
Mike Liedtke and Peter Svensson
, March 07, 2012
Apple is holding an event today in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband access.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has been making a case for United Airlines service to and from Grand Forks. A spokesman had said the administration was fairly certain United would come, but spokeswoman Jody Link clarified that no decision has been made.
Rules aimed at helping drivers avoid unintentionally backing over children, already overdue, are being delayed again following complaints from automakers that requiring rearview video cameras systems on new cars and trucks would be too expensive.
While airport officials would not reveal the company, it appears to be Spirit Airlines, which flies to a variety of domestic and foreign locations. The arrival of another low-cost airline is welcome news for travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which has had some of the highest fares in the nation.
With few exceptions, cars are so close on reliability that it's getting harder for companies to charge a premium. So automakers are trying to set themselves apart with sleek, cutting-edge exterior designs and more features such as luxurious interiors, multiple air bags, dashboard computers and touch-screen controls. "It's a great time to be a consumer," one auto pricing website executive said.
Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher
, February 20, 2012
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