Miners await health study results; Mayo reworks its expansion plan; 'Low Movie' at film fest
Friday, April 12, 2013
Today on the MPR News Update: University of Minnesota researchers today present their findings on a study of health issues in Minnesota taconite mines. The Mayo Clinic's complicated tax financing plan is being reworked. And a new movie about the Duluth-based band Low will premiere tonight at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.
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Iron Range miners, families await report on respiratory diseases, including mesothelioma Researchers today will visit the Iron Range to share findings of their study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and the deadly lung disease, mesothelioma. More than 80 former miners have died from the rare cancer. For more than five years, researchers have been trying to determine whether exposure to dust in the mines and processing plants makes workers more vulnerable -- not only to mesothelioma but to other respiratory diseases.
New Mayo plan emerging at Capitol Mayo Clinic is dropping a complicated tax plan that relies on more than $500 million in state funds to make improvements in Rochester in favor of a plan that would rely on a more direct contribution from the state.
Adelie penguins benefitting from climate change, U of M research says As in most things, even in climate change, there are winners and losers. Emperor penguins in Antarctica are feeling the negative affects of warmer climates, according to research, there some evidence from the University of Minnesota that another penguin species is actually doing better.
MPR News photos of the week Weather was the headline story this week, but we also had time for a visit with a master falconer and a sheep farm where lambing season is underway. All that and more in our photos of the week.
Twins again face decision on games because of weather More snow is in the forecast for today in the Twin Cities with a high temperature of 36 degrees. That's not exactly ideal outdoor baseball weather, but the Twins begin a homestand tonight against the New York Mets. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the president of the Twins, Dave St. Peter.
Tribes now eligible for direct disaster aid Tribal governments can now directly request a disaster declaration from the president. In the past, tribes needed to make a disaster request through a state governor, the same process counties follow.
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