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New U of M energy plant reuses energy to bolster efficiency

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A combined heat and power plant on the banks of the Mississippi River near Dinkytown helps power and heat the East Bank campus.

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Minnehaha students, faculty 'keep moving ahead' months after deadly explosion

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The fall semester ends Thursday. But unlike other high schools in the state, students and staff are still coping with the effects of a gas explosion that killed two beloved employees and destroyed century-old buildings.

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A winter solstice special: Tick, Tock, Circadian Clock

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For the winter solstice, "Tick, Tock, Circadian Clock." Host Molly Bloom explores circadian rhythms, animal hibernation, the ticking clock inside us all and how light and dark affect all life on Earth.

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Some states training police to use words, not guns

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A follow up to an APM Reports investigation finds that five additional states have mandated de-escalation training for officers, bringing the total to only 21.

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Tech ties prove costly for Twin Cities school districts

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A group of metro area school districts could face a big expense to dissolve a decades-old technology collaborative that's accumulated millions of dollars in debt. They find out Wednesday how much it might cost.

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The McNally Smith shutdown: 6 questions and answers on the school's finances

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The expected shutdown of the McNally Smith College of Music caught students, faculty, staff and many others by surprise, and has left them wondering about payrolls that haven't been met, advance tuition payments that have been made and other financial matters.

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When a Chinese conservatory turned to McNally Smith to teach hip-hop

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McNally Smith had a unique partnership with a Chinese music conservatory that wanted to educate its students about hip-hop.

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More families sue Mesabi Academy owner

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Eight former residents have joined litigation alleging abuse and neglect at the Minnesota youth facility.

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History of civil rights movement gets short shrift in Mississippi classrooms

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Despite efforts to require lessons on civil rights, outdated textbooks indicate little has changed.

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As school faces closure, one last graduating class

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Saturday's ceremony was a bittersweet ending for the semester, for the school, for the staff and the students. The school is set to close Wednesday, and while there are more finals to finish and grade, this was a final goodbye.

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Minnesota residents raise money for crossing guard's new cat

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Highland Park residents know Chuck Nehls as a crossing guard who also helps clean up the neighborhood. He's also known for having an orange cat on his shoulders. After his cat, Ashley, died, the community sprung into action.

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McNally Smith president says financing failure forced music school's closure

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McNally Smith College of Music was in the process of converting from a for-profit to a non-profit as part of a plan to turn around its struggling budget. But the process was long and costs were high, said the school's president.

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McNally Smith College of Music closing due to lack of funds

Last Updated by Solvejg Wastvedt and Peter Cox on

In a letter to faculty, college President Harry Chalmiers said "our employment has ended and the college is being closed at the end of the semester" on Dec. 20.

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Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions

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The updated version leaves in place the deduction for interest on student loans, according to two congressional aides. The bill also would no longer start taxing graduate-school tuition waivers.

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Minneapolis police recruits get less psychological testing than they used to

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The protocol is less rigorous than best practices nationally and the evaluator lacked the proper license. Police leaders are moving to replace him for another reason: They believe he screened out too many minority candidates.

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