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May 4, 2009

H1N1 cases in Minnesota

Lab samples from eight individuals from Minnesota are being sent to the CDC to be tested for H1N1.

Three of them are from Hennepin County, and one each from Dakota, Scott, Wright, Isanti and Polk Counties. Fox9 news

Minnesota Department of Health is calling these cases "probable".

The individuals who were tested are were not hospitalized and are expected to make a full recovery.

Further testing must be done with the CDC before it can be determined if the they do have the H1N1 virus.

So far, there has only been one confirmed case of H1N1 in a middle-school student in Stearns County. KSTP news

Gay couples going to Iowa to get married

Five gay couples are on a bus to Davenport Iowa so they can get married.

Fay and Julie King are one of the couples on the trip to Iowa to get married.

"I'm so excited, I can't even describe it," said Julie King. "It just means so much to us." WCCO

The couples are all member of All God's Children Church in South Minneapolis. KARE 11

However once the couples cross the border back into Minnesota Tuesday their will not be recognized.

"We've been together for 12 years," said Bob Maschka. For he and his partner, Glen Ernst, the next step does mean something, even if it's not legally binding. WCCO

The couples are getting married at a sister church of All God's Children in Davenport. They're returning Monday evening.

Body found in Mississippi River is of missing St. Thomas student

The body pulled from the Mississippi River is of the missing University of the St. Thomas student Dan Zamlen.

Police spokesman Peter Panos says the body was found Friday in the river near the Ford Motor Co. plant. KARE 11

His body was found not too far from where he was last seen on April 5.

"The Zamlen family would like to thank everyone on the Iron Range who gave time, donations and prayers to help bring Daniel home," Zamlen's parents, Sally and Dale, said in a statement issued to The Mesabi Daily News. "It has been a very difficult past four weeks. And now Dan's family and friends can start the healing process. They ask that you all continue to pray for their family as they begin to cope with the loss of Daniel."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

More than 1,200 volunteers from the Iron Range and the St. Thomas community assisted police in several searches for Zamlen. WCCO

scouting assistant is paralyzed after a canopy collapsed

A Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant is paralyzed after a canopy collapsed during a heavy thunderstorm Saturday.

Rich Behm, 33, spinal cord was severed by a fractured vertebrae, paralyzing him from the waist down, the team said in a written statement. CNN

Twelve people were hurt when the canopy collapsed over the practice field. A thunderstorm knocked down the air-supported, metal frame structure that covered the team's practice field. About 70 people, including 27 players were at the rookie minicamp.

Joe DeCamillis,the team’s new special teams coach and the assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither, were also injured when the canopy collapsed.

DeCamillis, 43, sustained a fracture of one of his cervical vertebrae without paralysis. Yahoo

Greg Gaither, 35, had surgery Saturday night to repair a fracture to the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Yahoo

Behm was in stable condition at Parkland Hospital on Sunday after surgery to stabilize a fracture to the thoracic spine.

Farmer clash with Egyptian police

Pig farmers clash with Cairo police offices in Cairo when the Egyptian government required all pigs in the country be killed, in precaution against the spreading of the swine flu.

Egypt began the cull of the nation's 250,000 pigs on Saturday, despite the World Health Organization saying there was no evidence the animals were spreading the swine flu.

The farmers were throwing rocks and bottles at police trying to prevent the police from taking away their pigs. Channel Asia News

Anti-riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the famers. An AFP correspondent said the demonstrators ransacked a police post and an officer fired warning shots in the air. Channel Asia News

Brig. Gen. Hani Abdel-Latif said 50 to 60 protesters gathered in Cairo's Manshiyet Naser slum because they were upset with the health ministry's decision to slaughter all pigs in the country, but the local media reported that the numbers where in the hundreds. CNN

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, the swine flu cannot get the swine flu by eating pork, but most likely occur when humans are in close contact to sick animals, like pig barns. CNN

Most Egyptian pig farmers are Coptic Christians and do eat pork. They make up about coexisted peacefully with the Muslim majority in Egypt. Percent of the Egyptian population and have been living peacefully with Muslim majority in Egypt.

The Egyptian government will compensate the farmers by paying them as much as $45 for a disease-free pig and about $5 for a diseased one.

The health ministry told CNN its workers are freezing all the disease-free meat and plan to give it back to its owners once the ban on pigs is lifted. However ministry source said that there were not enough facilities to store all the frozen meat. Ministry spokesman Dr. Abdel-Rahman Shaheen said the government will open two new slaughterhouses in two provinces near Cairo, al-Alioubiya and al-Giza. CNN

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Egypt.