As concerns rise over youth vaping, Juul quickly puts together an army of lobbyists

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With state and federal governments looking to restrict vaping, the nation's largest e-cigarette maker pushed back with a multimillion-dollar advocacy campaign.

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How colleges are mishandling racial tensions on campus

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As administrators navigate issues of inclusion and free speech, students of color have been left to find their own way.

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Flagship universities don't reflect their state's diversity

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Across the country, a gap persists between the number of black and Latino students graduating from state high schools and the number enrolling in state flagship schools.

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How one man has spent 25 years thwarting bond money for rural districts

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Paul Dorr is a master of tactics to defeat referendums intended to finance public schools. He believes schools run by government steer kids away from Christianity. His campaigns — most of them in the Midwest — have also created lingering bitterness within communities.

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Minnesota county sending at-risk kids to other states despite concerns about care

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With its preferred juvenile correctional facility closed, Hennepin County has increased out-of-state placements 42 percent and some kids are landing in places with troubled histories.

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Reverberations still felt after Mesabi's closure

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• Legal settlement nears • Some former residents are in jail or charged with crimes • Whistleblower has no regrets • The state changes how it regulates juvenile facilities • Buhl can't find a buyer for the building KidsPeace left behind

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How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers

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For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it.

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Keeping uprooted kids in school

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A documentary from APM Reports and the Educate podcast.

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The children in the fields

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Thanks to a loophole in U.S. child labor laws, farmworker kids can pick crops as young as age 10. But education offers a path out of poverty, if the kids can stay in school.

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The growing crisis of homeless kids

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They sleep in cars, motels and relatives' houses, and they're more likely to drop out of school and spend their lives in poverty. Due to the lack of affordable housing, the U.S. has more of these children than ever before.

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Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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At Georgia State in Atlanta, more students are graduating, and the school credits its use of predictive analytics. But critics worry that the algorithms may be invading students' privacy and reinforcing racial inequities.

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New U of M head to focus on budget and student health

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University of Minnesota's first female president says she wants to focus on budget and student mental health.

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More than 400 sexual assaults reported on MN campuses; fewer than half investigated

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Of 416 total cases reported to Minnesota colleges and universities, 40 percent were investigated by the institutions, according to recently released state data. Experts say it may signal positive changes in the reporting process.

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Minnesota nurse's student loan debt seeps into all facets of life

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Hattie Lombard, a nurse in the southwest metro, finds her student debt affecting all big decisions in her life.

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Aspen Ideas Festival: Tara Westover's memoir 'Educated'

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Tara Westover speaks at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival about her best-selling memoir, "Educated."

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