The Minnesota Department of Transportation is placing the process to rebuild the 35W bridge on an extremely fast track. MnDOT officials hope to open a new bridge by the end of next year. They want contractors interested in the job to contact them within the next few days.
The wife of construction worker Greg Jolstad says she presumes her husband did not survive the fall of the Interstate 35W Bridge because she has not heard from him since the bridge collapsed last Wednesday.
Divers continued searching the Mississippi River today for victims of Wedneday's bridge collapse. The divers' work took place in treacherous conditions amid the rubble of the former bridge. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Steil has the latest on the search.
Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say the investigation into the collapse of the I-35W bridge has taken a step forward. Investigators have discovered that the southern end of the bridge shifted 50 feet to the east while the rest of it fell in place.
When it comes to commerce, three modes of travel are affected by this bridge collapse - truck, barge and train. Minnesota Public Radio's Michael Caputo took a look at how the shipment of goods and services will slow down - and whether it will slow down the economy.
Minnesota is set to become the twentieth state in the nation to have a statewide smoking ban. Early this morning, the Minnesota House passed a bill that would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants across the state. Governor Pawlenty says he'll sign it.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission today beefed up penalties for cab drivers who decline to serve a customer. The Commission was responding to passenger complaints about Muslim cab drivers refusing to serve passengers carrying alcohol.
The City of Minneapolis is restructuring its revolving loan fund program to accommodate Muslim business owners. The program offers low-interest loans to small business owners whose ventures would help revitalize targeted areas of the city.
Minnesota has a new law establishing one of the most aggressive standards for renewable energy in the country. Governor Pawlenty signed a bill that would require utilities to generate more of their power from renewable sources over the next two decades.