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Today's News: Friday, July 12, 2013

Administration

University of Minnesota faces daunting task in raising $190 million for practice facilities
One day after introducing the plan, school officials reiterated that state money, which provided the bulk of the funding for the $288 million TCF Bank Stadium, has been ruled out for the proposed series of athletic upgrades.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/215174521.html

Business and Politics

Senate close to compromise on student loan crisis
The Associated Press reports lawmakers are considering a deal that would tie the interest rates on new student loans to the 10-year Treasury note, plus an additional percentage to account for administrative costs. University Student Finance Director Kris Wright comments.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/politics/national-politics/congress/2013/07/11/senate-close-compromise-student-loan-crisis

Sen. Robert Menendez says Obamacare's employer mandate affects 1% of U.S. workforce
Stephen Parente, a health economist at the U of M, comments on the Affordable Care Act.
Politifact
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/jul/12/robert-menendez/sen-robert-menendez-says-obamacares-employer-manda/

Spreading pig virus may curb U.S. pork supply, veterinarians say
James Collins, U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, shares how the spreading PEDV pig virus may curb U.S. pork supply.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/214987801.html
Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-10/spreading-pig-virus-may-curb-u-s-pork-supply-veterinarians-say.html
WRCB TV
http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/22817272/pig-virus-threatens-pork-supply

People and Lifestyle

90-year-olds mentally sharper today than recent generations
James Pacala, U of M Medical School, comments on a new studying showing people lucky enough to live to 90 may have better brain health than their predecessors.
CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57593347/90-year-olds-mentally-sharper-today-than-recent-generations/

Monarch butterflies even more elusive in Minnesota this year
Karen Oberhauser, U of M professor who runs the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, comments on the scarcity of the monarch butterfly.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/215176011.html

Commentary and Opinion

Teague's plans for U is as audacious as the AD himself
Launching a plan to privately raise $190 million to improve facilities is just the bold move the U needs.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/215177701.html