Minnesota News Roundup: State economy should be outperforming the nationalMinnesota News
-- Minnesota should continue outperforming the national economy this year.
Minnesota should continue outperforming the national economy this year. That prediction from consumer and retailing specialist Dave Brennan. He says even the weather is helping with Minnesota's all-important farm sector. Brennan says another sector showing "signs of life" is real estate development for offices, manufacturing and apartments.
There should be more Memorial Day weekend travelers than last year but fewer will be in the air. Triple A-Minnesota says money-conscious people are staying on the ground and closer to home. This year we are going to see about a one-point-two percent increase over last year. Gail Weinholzer of Triple A says just under 35-million Americans will be traveling over 50 miles during the Memorial weekend. She says gas prices should drop slightly or stay about the same. The travel club has put aside forecasts of four-dollar gas by Memorial Day.
Workers have authorized a temporary strike at eight Twin Cities hospitals. Ninety-one percent of union members voted in favor of a two- to five-day strike. The union represents 35-hundred nursing assistants, technicians and support staff. They're employed at Bethesda, Fairview Riverside, Fairview Southdale, Methodist, St. John's, North Memorial and Children Hospitals in Minneapolis and Children's Hospital in St. Paul. A possible strike date has not yet been set and the hospitals would need ten-days notice. The union and hospitals return to negotiations today.
Sentencing is set for June 28th, after a rural Barnesville woman was found guilty of setting a string of fires on her family's farm last October. A Clay County jury convicted Tara Andvik on three counts of felony arson and prosecutor Heidi Davies says one of the fires destroyed Andvik's home. The judge has ordered a pre-sentence investigation and mental health evaluation for Andvik.
M-S-P Airport is getting 20-million dollars worth of high-definition digital surveillance cameras over the next year. The 1995 analog cameras are being replaced by 19-hundred new ones with special lenses which provide 360-degree views. Airport spokesman Pat Hogan says cameras cover three-million feet of terminal space and 125 aircraft gates. He says the new cameras will increase airport security and reduce flight delays. They are being paid for by the Metropolitan Airports Commision, Delta Air Lines and possibly some federal grants. Installation begins early next year.