Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are “outdated,” and it’s time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others,” write Joan Lowy and Scott Mayerowitz for the AP. Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a statement Read more

“The number of people biking and walking to work in Minneapolis continued its steady increase again in 2012, according to a survey from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey that was released this week,” writes MPR News reporter Jon Collins. Biking continues to grow in popularity, with 4.5 percent of Minneapolis residents saying they Read more

Minneapolis tracks the movement of cars with a network of automatic license plate readers. Phone companies keep records on the locations of cellular customers. Today’s Question: What rules ought to govern the use of information about the movement of private citizens?

The Metropolitan Airports Commission will vote this week on proposed changes to the flight plans of aircraft departing Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The revised flight plans are expected to concentrate air traffic along particular pathways. Some residents worry that the changes will mean more noise and reduced quality of life. Today’s Question: Should homeowners have Read more

The White House announced Monday that it was giving the Southwest light rail project fast-track status, a move that was expected to shorten the project’s schedule by several months. The announcement said the project will improve access to transit in the Twin Cities area. Today’s Question: What do you think of the transit options available Read more