Minnesota News Roundup: Round one of storm today, Round two overnight into tomorrow
Another winter storm is moving into central and southern Minnesota, and forecasters say it will pack a one-two punch. First this (Mon) morning through early this afternoon, with periods of snowfall and the possibility of freezing drizzle. Then tonight (Mon) and into tomorrow (Tue) morning, with heavy snow at times, along with 10 to 20 mph. winds that could result in blowing and drifting. The National Weather Service is predicting storm totals of seven to 11 inches by the time the winter storm warning ends tomorrow (Tue) at 6 p.m. Areas south and southeast of the Twin Cities could see nearly 15 inches.
The DFL-controlled Minnesota House is set to vote later today (3pm. start) on a "Health Insurance Exchange" that would dovetail with President Obama's Affordable Care Act. House Majority Leader Erin Murphy says the Health Insurance Marketplace will give more Minnesotans access to coverage--especially small business owners and individuals. But House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says Republicans have tried in committee to fix problems with the bill and not one substantive Republican amendment has been included yet. Republicans warn the bill moves toward single-payer health insurance in Minnesota and they want a market-driven system.
For children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the first large, population-based study has found that ADHD doesn't go away and that psychiatric disorders can often develop in adulthood. Researcher Dr. William Barbaresi started the study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and says only 37-and-a-half percent of the children they contacted as adults were free of psychiatric disorders. Barbaresi says the sobering statistics speak to the need to greatly improve the long-term treatment of children with ADHD and provide a mechanism for treating them as adults. Mayo researchers call the study unique because it followed such a large group of patients into adulthood.
A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg and a second customer of a downtown Minneapolis strip club was injured when other panicked customers ran from the building. Police say the shooting took place at around 2 a.m. at Augie's Bourbon Street Cabaret. The 27-year-old Eagan man was apparently shot as he was coming out of the bathroom. He is expected to recover. The customer injured in the ensuing chaos suffered only minor injuries.
A Manchester woman was arrested last week after investigators say she bit a Freeborn County Sheriff's deputy. The Freeborn County Sheriff's Department says deputies were trying to bring 38-year-old Tina Wallin out of the basement of a home when she resisted and bit one deputy above the knee. She's charged with two counts of domestic assault and one count of obstructing justice with force.
March is national Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and this year in Minnesota about 25-hundred people will be diagnosed with the illness. About 170 of them will die. But Dr. Paul Amundson says colon cancer is very treatable when caught early, and many of those deaths are preventable. It's the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Minnesota, but only lung cancer is deadlier. Amundson says that's because less than half of all colon cancers in the state are diagnosed in the earliest, and most treatable, stages.
Problem gambling is a very real issue that affects an estimated 160 to 214-thousand Minnesotans. Cathie Perrault is with the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance and says while most people can gamble very responsibly, there is a small percentage of people who cannot and they can cause a tremendous amount of pain for themselves, their families and their employers. This is Problem Gambling Awareness Week in Minnesota.