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Thursday A.M. Report

Minneapolis ranks high on Eco-City list: Minneapolis is world class when it comes to being environmentally friendly, according to a recent ranking from global consulting firm Mercer. The Mercer 2010 Quality of Living Survey lists Minneapolis sixth on its Eco-City ranking. The rankings took into account such things as water availability, water potability, air pollution and traffic congestion. Calgary, Canada, topped the list, followed by Honolulu; Ottawa; Helsinki, Finland; and Wellington, New Zealand. Read full story

Clare Housing breaks ground on $9.3 million building: Clare Housing, a nonprofit that provides housing for people with HIV/AIDS, broke ground Wednesday on a 45-unit apartment complex in Minneapolis’ Corcoran neighborhood. The Clare Midtown, near the Hiawatha light rail stop at Lake Street, is expected to open early next year. Read full story

Boston Scientific starts stent trial in EU: Med-tech manufacturer Boston Scientific Corp. has begun a clinical trial for its Promus Element cardiac stent, enrolling 2,980 patients in the study. The device was approved in Europe with a CE Mark in October and is designed to have more radial strength and flexibility than competing products. The Platinum Plus clinical trial will enroll patients in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Read full story

Miami University returns $5 million in Petters donations: Miami University officials said Tuesday they have repaid $5 million in gifts made by Tom Petters, a Minnesota businessman who was convicted of fraud in December. The Oxford, Ohio-based university said that Miami University returns $5 million in Petters donations: it worked with a receiver appointed by the federal court to return the funds. Read full story

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