Daily Digest: More on the bridge and U Regents

by Mike Rose

Weekend’s here, gang. Enjoy some Digest before you enjoy some time off: *First, the Star Tribune has more today on the National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington, D.C., reviewing the I35W bridge collapse. A safety investigator, Joseph Epperson, said existing state and federal design review processes may not be adequate to detect design errors. Supportive gusset plates failed, leading to the collapse, but current measures may not be enough to notice similar problems in the future. *Also from the Star Tribune, an article on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents’ discussion of campus-area alcohol sales. The proposal being made is to limit alcohol sales at the new TCF Bank Stadium to only luxury seating areas. This will be voted on Dec.12 and could also effect other campus venues. Here’s the Daily’s coverage of this proposal, as well as more from today’s Regent meeting. *Lastly, here’s an MPR piece on the Minnesota smoking ban, which is just over a year old and curtails smoking in bars and restaurants. The state smoking rate has dropped to its lowest level ever (it also happens to be 5th lowest in the nation), but some bar owners are ticked off because the ban has hurt business in the past year. There is also that whole other deal of smoking bans on campus. You can take a look at yesterday’s Digest for a bit more on that… Mike Rose City editor