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Today's News: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Business and Politics

Minn. House passes bonding bill 99-32
The Vikings stadium bill is looming large at the State Capitol Monday, but lawmakers were also dealing with other big issues…Bonding bills are traditionally heavy on construction and remodeling projects on college campuses. This year's version includes $132 million for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and $64 million for the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Public Radio
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/07/house-bonding-bill/?refid=0
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/150530155.html
MinnPost
http://www.minnpost.com/glean/2012/05/house-passes-stadium-bill-nfl-not-pleased
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_20566980/house-passes-bonding-bill-capitol-renovations-get-44

Critics of war on invasive carp decry cost, environmental impact
For about two decades, several species of fish commonly known as Asian carp have been creeping up the Mississippi River and its tributaries, gobbling up food native fish need to survive…"To me, it's surprising we haven't seen more," says fisheries biologist Peter Sorensen of the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Public Radio
To listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/07/asian-carp/

Jump in food need has schools looking for ways to help
New data from the Minnesota Department of Education show a growing number of students rely on the federally funded National School Lunch Program…The evidence of increased need “reflects the severe financial hardship that so many Minnesota families are facing,” University of Minnesota economics professor Ben Senauer said.
Bemidji Pioneer
http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/event/article/id/100039724/

Access to health care declines in Wisconsin, nationwide
Access to basic health care for adults declined in Wisconsin and nearly every state from 2000 to 2010, according to a study released Monday…"Over 10 years, it is quite striking how access to health care has gone downhill," said Lynn Blewett, a professor of health policy and management at the University of Minnesota.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
http://www.jsonline.com/business/access-to-health-care-declines-in-wisconsin-nationwide-8h5agns-150534135.html

New look for Hennepin County Government Center plaza?
Hennepin County commissioners may pour $2 million into renovating the Government Center's aging north plaza, and this time it has nothing to do with once-slippery red pavers…Task force member John Carmody, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Sustainable Building Research, said the plaza remodel was "a win-win opportunity."
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/west/150539535.html

People and Lifestyle

Good Question: What Does It Mean To Be Obese?
Most of us think we know obesity when we see it…But with so much discussion of the obesity epidemic, what makes someone obese? We asked Allen Levine, director of the Minnesota Obesity Center at the University of Minnesota.
WCCO-TV
To watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/07/good-question-what-does-it-mean-to-be-obese/
Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-obesity-20120508,0,4332050.story

Commentary and Opinion

3M shareholders should support resolution on political spending
Like it or not, political advertisements will bombard us throughout the summer and in the fall…An April 2012 study at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota concluded that companies making large political contributions had poor corporate governance and lower shareholder value.
MinnPost
http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2012/05/3m-shareholders-should-support-resolution-political-spending

Updates and Events

University of Minnesota police report rash of robberies near West Bank campus in Minneapolis
University of Minnesota police issued a crime alert on Monday, May 7, after three similar robberies near the West Bank campus in Minneapolis on Sunday evening and early Monday morning.
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20570999/university-minnesota-police-report-rash-robberies-near-west

University of Minnesota Commencement Ceremonies Set for May
More than 14,000 degrees are expected to be awarded during graduations at the University of Minnesota this spring.
KSTP
http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2609536.shtml

Mpls students to learn from honeybees
Honey bees are going to become teaching tools for 5th Grade students in the Minneapolis School District. Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson kicked off the "Honeybees and Humans" program on Monday at the University of Minnesota's Bee Lab located on the St. Paul campus.
KARE
http://www.kare11.com/news/article/975561/14/Mpls-students-to-learn-from-honeybees

Sen. Al Franken to Speak at U of M Law School Commencement
This year’s University of Minnesota Law School commencement will feature Sen. Al Franken as the speaker.
KSTP
http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2609634.shtml

News Releases and Multimedia

On 'Melanoma Monday,' U of M expert advises on the ins and outs of sunscreen
http://www1.umn.edu/news/expert-alerts/2012/UR_CONTENT_387418.html