Officials Say Rail Safety Has Improved, Though Some Are Still SkepticalRailroad officials in Minnesota told state lawmakers today they significantly improved their safety records in 2015.
Dayton Pens Scathing Letter To BNSF President Over Oil Trains In Twin CitiesGovernor Mark Dayton says he's deeply concerned about an increase in the number of oil trains traveling through heavily populated areas of the Twin Cities.
Senate Panel Gets Earful Over Oil Train ConcernsAfter a number of recent derailments, including spills and explosions, a panel headed by Minnesota Senator Al Franken convened in Minneapolis Wednesday to hear ideas for preventing and preparing for such disasters.
Railway Neighbors Call For Heightened SafetyCommunity members in northeast Minneapolis are calling for increased rail safety. Their fight falls on the second anniversary of the oil train disaster in Canada that killed 47 people.
Session 2015: Where Issues Stand With Special Session DoneThe Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here's a look at some of the state's new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.
Dayton: Special Session Called By End Of Week, Or Early Next WeekMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he hopes to call a special session as soon as possible. Dayton says his office is working out the final details with Republican leaders to agree on the spending bills that fund state government.
Rail Union Calls For 2-Person Crews On Every Train In MNUnion railroad workers called for Minnesota legislators to pass laws requiring at least two-person crews on every train operating in the state. The Smart Transportation Union said that would increase safety at rail crossings and railroad yards.
Gov. Dayton, Democratic Lawmakers Unveil $330M Rail Safety ProposalGov. Mark Dayton and democratic lawmakers released their newest proposal Friday morning on what needs to be done to keep communities safe. If passed, it would invest $330 million over the next decade in construction of safer railroad crossings in Minnesota.
4 Things To Know: Frozen 2, Food Trucks, & MoreThese are the four stories you need to know about from Friday, March 13, 2015. They include a craft brew-inspired Mountain Dew spinoff and the return of food trucks and bike-sharing.
Gov. Holds Roundtable Over Rail Safety ConcernsSeveral Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
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