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Today's News: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Research

Study: Higher co-pays cut into medications for kids with asthma
Children with asthma don't always get enough of their medications, say findings of a University of Minnesota study.
Minnesota Public Radio
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/27/study-asthma-medication/
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_20266553/study-higher-out-pocket-asthma-medicine-costs-lands
MinnPost
http://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2012/03/
high-co-pays-linked-increased-health-risks-kids-asthma

Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/144426925.html

U of M Researchers Study Parkinson's Disease, Treatment
University of Minnesota researchers are attempting to slow the onset of Parkinson’s disease and understand more about how it affects people.
KSTP
http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2556200.shtml

Geologists revise state's potential for geothermal energy
Minnesota is a cold place. But a new study released Tuesday shows the state has more geothermal energy potential than previously understood. A 2004 geothermal map of the U.S. showed that Minnesota was much cooler deep underground than neighboring states. But geologists at the University of Minnesota-Duluth were skeptical.
Minnesota Public Radio
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/27/geothermal-energy-potential/

Business and Politics

Israel Group Adds a Softer Voice to Debate on Iran
Memo to Congress: Not all American Jews support a military strike on Iran, either by Israel or by the United States… “There’s a myth that the so-called Jewish vote is a monolithic vote in favor of a militaristic position in support of Israel,” said Elaine Tyler May, a professor at the University of Minnesota.
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/us/politics/j-street-pro-israel-but-against-iran-strike-takes-its-message-to-washington.html

Lawmakers Consider Bill For Alcohol At TCF Bank Stadium
It would be a big change for Gopher fans at football games. Legislators are considering a law that would allow the sale of beer at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.
WCCO
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/03/27/law
makers-consider-bill-for-alcohol-at-tcf-bank-stadium/

Profits dip for crop farmers
Despite record high prices, Minnesota's crop farmers saw a slight decrease in profitability in 2011, hurt by falling yields and a spike in production expenses, according to an annual state farm income report released Wednesday. Still, farms statewide had a strong year, with dairy farmers posting a particularly healthy earnings boost and hog and cattle growers seeing solid income advances, according to the report by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota State College and Universities system.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/business/144641845.html

Supreme Court drills deeply into health reform
The Supreme Court is poised to rule in June on whether elements of the Affordable Care Act violate the Constitution… As of 2011 only five percent of Minnesotans were covered by private health insurance companies, according to a study by the University of Minnesota and the State Department of Health.
KARE-TV
To watch: http://www.kare11.com/news/article/969727/
14/Supreme-Court-drills-deeply-into-health-reform

Proposed mine would be Minnesota's largest
A company called Twin Metals is launching an effort to build Minnesota's biggest underground mine ever. It's become known as the Nokomis project… Cathy Wurzer talks about the project with Jim Miller, an associate professor of geological sciences at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Minnesota Public Radio
To listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/28/mine0328/

People and Lifestyle

Are you Team Snow White or Team Evil Queen?
Goodness knows who will triumph in a Snow-White-versus-evil-queen showdown… The aging beauty also knows deep down that she will be replaced by a younger woman. "That is still today for a lot of women a great concern," said Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota professor emeritus.
Houston Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/life/article/Are-you-Team-Snow-White-or-Team-Evil-Queen-3438997.php

Fridley’s cancer 'cluster’ draws celebrity crusader
A couple of months ago, Jason McCarty started thinking about all the people in his old Fridley neighborhood who had developed cancer… Brad Carlin, an expert in health statistics at the University of Minnesota, agrees.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/north/144482815.html

Minnesota Orchestra collected any size donation for a 'micro-commission' by composer Judd Greenstein
Classical music composers don't generally raise money for new works by leaving instrument cases open, awaiting donations from passing pedestrians. But open viola cases were lying around the lobby of Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall last season and this… One of those fans is St. Paul's Elizabeth Wroblewski, a University of Minnesota administrator.
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/entertainment/ci_20265809/minnesota
-orchestra-collected-any-size-donation-micro-commission

Commentary and Opinion

Amazing ‘talking’ dictionary project helps preserve Ojibwe language
There are many pathways to knowledge, including popular fiction. So I’ll admit unabashedly that my enticing introduction to some of Minnesota’s Ojibwe language comes not from a history text but from Cork O’Connor, lead character in some of local author William Kent Krueger’s best-selling novels… Now, thanks to an amazing project in progress at the University of Minnesota and spearheaded by their Department of American Indian Studies, there’s a new online resource called “The Ojibwe Peoples Dictionary”  that opens doors to the sounds and context of the indigenous Ojibwe language and will help preserve it.
MinnPost
http://www.minnpost.com/community-sketchbook/2012/03/amazing-%E2%
80%98talking%E2%80%99-dictionary-project-helps-preserve-ojibwe-language

Updates and Events

More Twin Cities transportation slowdowns coming
Drivers, cool your engines. Long-term lane and ramp closures will complicate commutes on Interstate 94 west of St. Paul, as well as Interstate 35E north of St. Paul, and Snelling Avenue in Arden Hills… MnDOT is inviting the public to attend an input session for a future statewide bicycle planning study. The session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Center.
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/stpaul/ci_20269257/more-twin-cities-transportation-slowdowns-coming

News Releases and Multimedia

Consolidating assets
http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2012/UR_CONTENT_379397.html