Volunteers build new playground at Minneapolis elementary school

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Dozens of volunteers gathered at a north Minneapolis elementary school Saturday to build a new playground, just a few months after a tragedy at a playground in an adjacent park.

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Why law enforcement didn't see that Danny Heinrich killed Jacob Wetterling

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A new Stearns County sheriff let loose a condemnation of the investigation, declaring that there were "20 things" law enforcement bungled. This is a brief analysis of some of the key flaws of the investigation by the journalists who produced the first season of In The Dark, a podcast that first revealed many of the failures two years ago.

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Law enforcement comes clean on botched Wetterling investigation

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Two years after the first season of In The Dark revealed numerous mistakes by law enforcement investigating Wetterling's disappearance, the Stearns County sheriff provided harsh detail of his predecessors' failures and made public thousands of documents from the investigative file.

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University of Minnesota child care program staying open

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The University of Minnesota will keep a popular university-run child care program open. The program is set to be integrated with the Shirley Moore Laboratory School which will move into the Child Development Center building.

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Why don't prosecutors get disciplined?

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In most jurisdictions, district attorneys who break the rules are rarely held accountable.

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S2 Update: Back to Winona

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Two months after the season ended, we return to Winona to see what has changed. Turns out, a lot. Curtis Flowers' mother has died. The whole town is talking about the case. Flowers' defense lawyers are including our findings in their legal filings to the Supreme Court. Citizens are trying to file bar complaints against the district attorney, Doug Evans. One man has gone into hiding, his personal s

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Most states have done little to stop e-cigarette use among kids despite risk of nicotine addiction

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Only 13 states are spending to stop vaping among teens. Others blame lack of funding, despite billions from the tobacco settlement over the years. Meanwhile, the FDA has begun to move against makers and sellers.

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Wisconsin school districts ban cellphones in classroom

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School districts across Wisconsin are banning cellphones in the classroom in an effort to reduce distractions during class time.

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University of Minnesota sets ceremony to award honorary degree to Prince

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The University of Minnesota will award the late music icon Prince an honorary degree at a performance-packed ceremony later this month.

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New documentary explores why so few kids can read well

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Here's an alarming statistic: More than half of American kids cannot read very well. The problem is largely how reading is taught.

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'Hapless and helpless': A comedic adventure in higher education

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"I am making fun of the most weird aspects of higher ed," said Julie Schumacher, author of "The Shakespeare Requirement."

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Shortage of school bus drivers means surplus of late students

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Low unemployment in Minnesota is translating into a shortage of school bus drivers, forcing fill-ins, workarounds and late arrivals.

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Why aren't kids being taught to read?

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Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

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Further reading for Hard Words

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Sources for the documentary Hard Words.

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Rediscovering Apprenticeships

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You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class. In South Carolina, apprenticeships are helping companies find skilled workers, and giving people an affordable path to a good career.

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