Rep. Frank Hornstein

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Railway Neighbors Call For Heightened Safety

Community 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.

07/07/2015

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MPCA Citizens’ Board Holds Last Meeting, Supporters Vow To Fight

Just two weeks after it was abolished by the Minnesota Legislature, an influential environmental citizen’s board held its last meeting on Tuesday.

06/23/2015

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Light-Rail Fare Jumpers Could Face Crackdown

Twin Cities light-rail transit officials today defended themselves at the State Capitol against what some lawmakers say is an “epidemic” of fare jumpers.

04/13/2015

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Study: Workers Aren’t Prepared To Handle Oil Accident

A new report says Minnesota’s firefighters and first responders aren’t adequately prepared to handle an oil spill or fiery accident. Most local governments don’t have the equipment to respond to an oil accident, according to a Department of Public Safety report released this week. More than half of the workers surveyed said they need more training.

01/16/2015

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Lawmakers: Minn. Needs Stronger Oil Spill Response

Hoping to avert disaster before it strikes, two state lawmakers introduced plans Wednesday to deal with the growing threat from railroad oil tanker spills. On average, ten oil tanker trains rumble through Minnesota each day, hauling huge quantities of North Dakota crude to refineries down south or out east. As oil rail traffic increases, people like Kathy Hollander want action. “This is oil transportation on steroids,” Hollander said.

02/12/2014

An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Japanese town of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture on March 12, 2011. Japan scrambled to prevent nuclear accidents at two atomic plants where reactor cooling systems failed after a massive earthquake, as it evacuated tens of thousands of residents. Tokyo Electric Power, which runs the plants, said it had released some radioactive vapour into the atmosphere at one plant to relieve building reactor pressure, but said the move posed no health risks. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Rethinking A Bill To Lift A Nuclear Moratorium?

The nuclear crisis in Japan may prompt lawmakers to revisit a nuclear moratorium bill in the Minnesota legislature.

03/14/2011