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TV reporter injured in boating accident advocates for insurance reform

Plus: major deficit at Minneapolis public schools; rail line proposed to serve new Wisconsin Foxconn facility; mapping Google’s personal data; and more.

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MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach

Sounds absurd. The Pioneer Press’ Dave Orrick reports: “When Twin Cities TV reporter Courtney Godfrey lost part of her leg in a boating accident over the summer, she assumed the boat owner’s insurance policy would help. … But she quickly learned the boat’s liability policy excluded her. … Because the boat was owned by her husband. … ‘We were like: “WHAT?!”’ says Godfrey, a KMSP-TV reporter who lost the lower portion on her left leg in the propeller after she was flung overboard while the boat was making a turn on Christmas Lake in September.”

Making a hard job harder. The Star Tribune’s Kelly Smith reports: “Counselors, social workers and other Minneapolis school staff are bracing for hundreds of possible layoffs this year to help address the school district’s projected $33 million deficit. … Preliminary numbers from the district show that the potential layoffs could affect an estimated 350 to 400 full-time equivalent jobs. … Some teachers, parents and students are outraged over the proposed loss of staff and class size increases to help close the shortfall. About a dozen people showed up at Tuesday’s school board meeting to protest the cuts and even more plan to pack an April 10 meeting as the district revises its budget before final approval in June.”

Rolling out the rail carpet. For Urban Milwaukee, Jeramey Jannene writes: “With Foxconn’s proposed $10 billion factory campus in southern Racine County poised to reshape southeastern Wisconsin, Milwaukee Alderman Robert Bauman has introduced the idea of a commuter rail line to connect city residents to the estimated 13,000 jobs the company is poised to create. The transit advocate has been seeking to draw attention to the need to develop a way for Milwaukee residents, approximately 25 percent of whom don’t have cars, to get to the massive factory campus.”

What would your map look like? The Star Tribune’s Jeff Hargarten reports: “As renewed concerns over digital privacy splash across the headlines, I was recently reminded of just how much data we’re sharing with tech companies, right down to each step we take. … Specifically, while transitioning smartphones, I unlocked the depths of what Google had been collecting on me: more than 300,000 data points recording each trip to work, return home, stroll up Nicollet Mall, beer stop in Northeast, grocery run and suburban visit to my dad’s. … It knew the names of each business and building I walked into, without a specific check in (something I rarely do). It figured out whether I was walking, driving or riding the LRT, calculated distance and elevation and timestamped it all down to the second. … If my life could possibly be distilled down into a single dataset, this got pretty close.”

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