Daily Digest: Bad bridge findings? Also, Guthrie faces cuts

Mike Rose

Welcome to your Wednesday Digest, gang:

Bridge findings faulty?: According to a lead attorney for many victims of the collapse, the National Transportation Safety Board got the cause of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse wrong. The AP reports that attorney Chris Messerly said experts from the engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti Inc. told survivors and families of victims Tuesday night that the "initiating event" wasn’t the fracture of a key gusset plate in the bridge, but the failure of a horizontal beam called a chord. The firm was hired by a group of attorneys who are representing 117 families of victims and survivors for free.

The Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. (MPR Photo/Chris Roberts)

Guthrie cuts: Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater will be enacting wage freezes, layoffs and work furloughs in an effort to cut it’s budget by $3.9 million, MPR reports. The theater is anticipating a 14 percent drop in revenue in the coming year.

Crookston drops hockey: The University of Minnesota-Crookston is dropping its hockey program despite an expensive new arena, FanHouse.com reports. The team is being cut due to the budget problems facing the state, but a $14.5 million stadium that just recently broke ground will plan as open. The stadium was scheduled to house other activities in addition to the hockey team, according to the report.