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Program Makes Greener School Buses Via Retrofitting

As school buses take kids to school this fall, they’ll also be doing the environment a favor. As part of the Project Green Fleet program, more than 3,200 buses have been retrofitted to help reduce diesel emissions, according to Mike Harley of Environmental Initiative.

08/14/2014

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Housing Project For Homeless Youth Raises Concerns In Edina

Edina City Hall was packed Wednesday night, over a proposed apartment complex. The 66 West Apartments would provide housing to young adults who have experienced homelessness. The project has plenty of supporters, but it has also raised concerns about safety.

08/13/2014

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Good Question: How Common Is Depression?

His closest friends say Robin Williams would often use humor to hide his depression, which made it harder to detect. Unfortunately, a lot of people are very good at hiding what they’re feeling inside. Nearly 60 million people experience a mental health condition every year. But only a fraction of those conditions are ever detected.

08/12/2014

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Good Question: Who Is ISIS?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has already taken over several key cities. This is a militant group that’s so extreme that traditional Al Qaeda has disavowed it. The ISIS jihadists move quickly and brutally.

08/11/2014

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Good Questions: Dog Years, Feed Corn And Road Construction

It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of the Good Questions you’ve e-mailed us this summer. Lisa from Farmington, Minn. asks: why are dog years counted seven years for every one year of human life?

08/08/2014

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Good Question: Why Does Minn. Have A Hard Time Holding On To Sports Stars?

With the Timberwolves likely to trade Kevin Love in a couple weeks, Minnesota sports fans are getting a sense of deja vu. Love is the latest in a long list of Minnesota superstars to be traded, or to leave through free agency.

08/07/2014

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Good Question: Are There Better Ways To Keep Passwords Safe?

Computer hackers may have pulled off the biggest data breach in history. Security experts say a Russian gang stole more than one billion usernames and passwords and 500,000 email addresses.

08/06/2014

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Good Question: How Did Mount Rushmore Get Started?

As many as 3 million people a year visit Mount Rushmore. It’s become a summer vacation destination for a lot of families in Minnesota and nationwide. And it has quite a history.

08/05/2014

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Good Question: Can You Count On Social Security?

With the uncertainty of the stock market, it’s nice to have Social Security there for retirement. But Social Security’s very own board of trustees said that unless changes are made, it could be depleted by the year 2033.

08/04/2014

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Good Questions: Cell Phone Vibration, Telling Time And Clinking Glasses

It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of the Good Questions you’ve e-mailed us this summer. Chris from Hopkins wants to know: what makes cell phones vibrate? Employees from Sprint said there is a circuit board inside your phone with a ringer attached, and a vibration motor attached.

08/01/2014

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Good Question: Why Are We Waiting Longer To Buy Homes?

Studies show that more Americans are waiting longer to get married, have kids and buy homes. The highest numbers of those putting off the big commitments are millennials — those in the 20- to 35-year-old range.

07/30/2014

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Good Question: When Does A Bill Go Into Collection?

A new study out Tuesday showed that more than 35 percent of Americans owe money to collections agencies. In most cases, it’s from falling behind on credit cards, medical bills, or student loans.

07/29/2014

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Good Question: What Is Ebola?

There’s growing concern over what has become the worst Ebola outbreak in history. More than 1,200 people have become infected by the deadly virus in West Africa. That includes two American aid workers.

07/28/2014

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Good Question Mailbag: Target Field Turf Design & Flight Numbers

Josh from Apple Valley wants to know: How do they make the designs in the grass at Target Field? The outline of the state of Minnesota coincided with the 2014 All-Star Game, and it’s become popular with fans.

07/25/2014

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Good Question: How Can Executions Go Wrong?

Joe Wood was a convicted killer, sentenced to death for murdering his estranged girlfriend and her father. But despite taking two lives, many don’t agree with how his life was taken. Witnesses say Wood gasped more than 600 times during the execution, and one witness said he looked like “a fish on shore gulping for air.”

07/24/2014

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