Children's Minnesota is confirming four cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping by teenagers, marking the first time cases have been identified in Minnesota. Public health officials in Wisconsin issued alerts to the public in late July after identifying cases of Severe Lung Disease that they believed to be tied to vaping. Since then, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services has confirmed a total of 12 such cases and health officials in Illinois have confirmed three more. Dr. Anne Griffiths, Pediatric Pulmonologist for Children's Minnesota, says she's treated all four of Children's confirmed cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping. She says the patients ranged from 16 to 18 years old. Some reported vaping for months, others for years. All reported vaping both nicotine and THC on different occasions.Children's Hospital Minnesota is now working with the Minnesota Department of Health to provide more information to the public and help bring the cases to the attention of healthcare providers across the state.
The start of the school year is coming, and there's a full on push to find more bus drivers. It's hard not to notice if you look online and on the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association Facebook page. In St. Paul, the director of transportation says to be comfortable for the start of the school year, they would need 50 more drivers. "It will take an additional effort to get things taken care of," said Tom Burr with St. Paul Public Schools. He says there's a reason for the shortage. "A lot of people use school bus driving as a bridge job when they get laid off. So when the economy is good, we have difficulty. When the economy is not so good, we have a little less difficulty," said Burr. St. Paul isn't alone. Minneapolis and Bloomington districts say they need more drivers as well. Tom says they're prepared either way, even if that means he and other office employees have to get behind the wheel. The bus companies are offering major incentives to entice drivers like signing bonuses between $1,500 and $3,000.
Minneapolis Police have launched a homicide investigation after a man was found dead on a bike path late Monday night. Officers were on routine patrol when they found the victim lying on the path on the 200 block of West River Road around 11:50 p.m. According to police, the victim had "suffered trauma," wasn't breathing and didn't have a heartbeat. Officers performed CPR, but when paramedics arrived they pronounced the man dead. Investigators collected evidence from the area and spoke with people who might have seen or heard something.The victim's identity and cause of death will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, according to police.