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Asthma and I-94, Uber and Lyft in Minneapolis, and reaction to the latest light rail deal

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Asthma, I-94 and racial disparities
    An estimated 90,000 Minnesota children have asthma, and a disproportionate number of them are African-American and American Indian. Counting adults, the number of asthma cases in the state jumps to more than 400,000. Where people live can explain much of the racial disparity in asthma rates.
  • Schools play major role in well-being of kids with asthma
    Schools can make a big difference in the lives of students who have asthma, for better or worse, and many schools in Minnesota are making asthma a top priority to improve student attendance and learning.
  • Lyft, Uber regulations advance in Minneapolis
    New language would add city oversight to the fast-growing but largely unregulated ride-sharing industry. The proposed changes will go to the full Minneapolis City Council next week.
  • Southwest LRT compromise draws hundreds to hearing
    Hundreds of people packed a Minneapolis public meeting Tuesday night about the compromise, and from the the sounds of it, many weren't there as a show of support.
  • Home health care workers to hold largest union vote in state history
    They are moving ahead with the election, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that similar workers don't have to pay any union dues.
  • White House singles out oil patch in drug strategy
    The report says dramatic increases in crime in the Bakken oil-producing region has overwhelmed state, local and tribal agencies working with limited resources.
  • Why you should care where the GOP meets
    It won't determine the nomination and it probably won't determine how Ohio votes. But it matters, and it tells us something about the Republican mindset at this moment.
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit border
    The president is resisting calls to visit the border during a two-day fundraising trip to Texas. Instead, he will hold a meeting hundreds of miles away in Dallas to discuss the crisis with faith leaders and Texas officials, including Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
  • Young immigrants or refugees? 5 things to know
    At least 50,000 unaccompanied children have crossed into the United States from Mexico illegally since last fall, creating a political dilemma for President Obama. Now, an arm of the UN wants the children classified as refugees.
  • Reflecting on SCOTUS term, what's changed?
    The Daily Circuit dives into recent Supreme Court activity with two legal gurus. We'll discuss why the First Amendment got a surprising amount of attention this year and what long-standing precedents were left vulnerable by decisions on religious freedom, affirmative action and public employee unions.
  • Ventura: 'American Sniper' author 'made the whole thing up' about fight
    Minnesota's former governor brought his defamation lawsuit before home-state jurors Tuesday in a bid to punish the estate of late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.
  • World's best pilot buys pizza for passengers
    Capt. Gerhard Brandner's Frontier Airlines flight to Denver was diverted because of thunderstorms. Stuck on the ground in Cheyenne, he decided to order some pizza for himself -- and everyone aboard.
  • Photos: Sad Brazil, crushed by Germany
    Soccer is called "the beautiful game," because "the game that rips your heart out, stomps on your gut, and leaves your country humiliated in the eyes of the sports world" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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