Residents in southeastern Minnesota will have three opportunities this week to discuss a proposed high-speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Rochester,” writes MPR News reporter Elizabeth Baier. Federal, state, and county officials are currently evaluating possible routes for a the proposed Zip Rail service’s 100-mile corridor that spans seven counties. Earlier this summer, Read more

The four Republicans running for governor in next month’s primary aren’t saying much about a topic important to many Republicans: social issues. Even as Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers tout their conservative credentials on the campaign trail, they’re largely steering clear of topics like abortion and same-sex marriage. Voters, they argue, Read more

“At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county,” reports the Associated Press. A Voting Rights Act complaint Read more

“A Minneapolis City Council panel on Tuesday approved changes to regulations governing ride-share services like UberX and Lyft,” writes MPR News reporter Peter Cox. New language would add city oversight to the fast-growing but largely unregulated ride-sharing industry. The panel also voted to ease city rules on taxis. The proposed changes will go to the Read more