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Mayor Hodges proposes city's 2015 budget

In her first budget address as Minneapolis mayor, Betsy Hodges proposed on Thursday several initiatives aimed at combating racial disparities and bolstering public safety citywide. With more than $2.1 million in spending for extra 911 operators, police and firefighters, Hodges’ 2015 budget focuses on growing the city while upholding her main campaign platforms. The full City Council will vote on the proposal in the coming weeks.


Kahn tops Noor in primary election

Click here to view a Facebook photo gallery from the Daily's primary election coverage.   On Tuesday, 42-year incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn bested Mohamud Noor in a contentious race to represent the University of Minnesota's area in the state's House of Representatives. She earned nearly 55 percent of the vote. "I expected to win," Kahn said.


Kahn, Noor make last-minute pitches to voters

  Hours before the polls open for Tuesday’s primary election, the two leading candidates vying to represent the University of Minnesota’s area at the Capitol are making their final cases to voters. Long-time incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, is facing a strong challenger, Somali-born Mohamud Noor, who is a city school board member with support from many elected officials, including former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.


Voter turnout in U-area slow

Click here for a Facebook gallery of photos from the Daily's primary election coverage. Voters in the University of Minnesota area were slow to head to the polls on Tuesday, despite a contentious primary election pitting a long-time Democratic-Farmer-Labor incumbent against a Somali-born newcomer to represent the area in the state House of Representatives.


Students robbed at knifepoint

Two University of Minnesota students were robbed at knifepoint early Monday just outside the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, according to Minneapolis police. The incident is one of a few high-profile crimes to take place near campus in the last couple of weeks. The women, who are roommates, were walking home from downtown Minneapolis at about 12:15 a.m. when a masked man began following them, Minneapolis police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said.


Students robbed, stabbed near Marcy-Holmes

Two University of Minnesota students were robbed and stabbed early Monday just outside the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, according to Minneapolis police. The women, who are roommates, were walking home from downtown around 12:15 a.m. when a masked man began following them, Minneapolis police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said. As the women stopped at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue East and University Avenue Northeast, the man grabbed one of them by the waist, held a knife to her throat, and demanded money, Garcia said.


For U lobbyists, dialogue frames funding

On the morning of April 1, a Minnesota House of Representatives committee recommended less than a third of the funding University of Minnesota officials had asked for to maintain aging buildings. But Jason Rohloff, who heads the school’s Office of Government and Community Relations, didn’t look worried. “This is the beginning of a conversation,” he said. The University spends about $1.3 million annually on lobbying state legislators, who dole out hundreds of millions of dollars in higher education funding.


Fairview names new executive VP and COO

Carolyn Wilson will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Fairview Health Services, the company announced Thursday. The newly created position includes taking over the duties of Dan Anderson, president of Fairview community hospitals, who announced he’ll leave the company later this year, according to a press release. Wilson, who began the role on Saturday, also serves as co-president of University of Minnesota Health, the newly created brand for all health services operated jointly by Fairview and the University of Minnesota.


Crime records across U housing reinforce stereotypes

Explore crimes around University of Minnesota dorms and housing   View the slideshow   Four women knelt around an overturned storage bin in a Territorial Hall dorm room Friday night, each clutching a rolled-up $100 bill to her nose.


Twin Cities campus to go smoke-free in July

The University of Minnesota will become a smoke-free campus this summer. A new policy that bans smoking, selling, distributing or advertising tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on University property is set to take effect July 1.