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Three case studies: When police untrained in de-escalation shoot unarmed people

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A review of 31 cases shows more than half of officers involved had fewer than two hours of training past five years.

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Facing $23M shortfall, St. Paul anticipates cuts in teaching positions, staff

Last Updated by Solvejg Wastvedt on

St. Paul officials say the budget shortfall is due in part to declines in enrollment and inflation costs.

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To see the future of drones, look to student competitors

Last Updated by Dan Gunderson on

A handful of students from the region are preparing for an international robotics competition this summer.

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A public school that's just for immigrants

Last Updated by Suzanne Pekow on

English learners are the least likely to graduate from high school when compared to other groups of students. There's a new high school in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that's trying to help new immigrant students beat the odds.

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St. Olaf president says intensive effort underway to find people behind racist messages

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David Anderson says the investigation is generating leads and that he's "optimistic" they'll catch the perpetrator, or perpetrators.

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Charges: Hopkins school aide inappropriately touched female students

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A letter from the young students said David Joseph Madrigal, 54, was touching them "in a manner that made them feel scared", according to the criminal complaint.

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Federal government relaxes nutrition standards for school lunches

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Schools won't have to cut the salt in meals just yet and they can serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday.

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With classes canceled, St. Olaf addresses race concerns

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Students took up spots in the administration building and demanded that the college take steps in response to alleged racist incidents.

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Students protest racist threats at St. Olaf, plan campus boycott

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A student reported receiving a threatening note left on her car. The note used a racial slur and read, "I am so glad you are leaving soon." Other students have reportedly found similar notes on their cars in recent weeks.

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NYC mayor announces plan for free preschool for 3-year-olds

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Under de Blasio's plan, free preschool for 3-year-olds will start this fall in two low-income neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and then expand citywide by 2021.

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Minneapolis schools project cutting hundreds of positions, but numbers are preliminary

Last Updated by Solvejg Wastvedt on

Projected reductions across the district equal 288 full-time positions, with 235 of those at schools, according to a summary from the district's human resources department.

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Minn. teacher leads National Black Anthem in Oval Office

Last Updated by Julie Siple and Tom Weber on

Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Abdul Wright, spontaneously led the Black National Anthem at the White House on Wednesday.

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Big Lake OKs yearbook photo of trapshooting team with guns

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Team members had initially been told the yearbook photo would not be included because of the school's policy against against showing firearms in photos. Some parents were considering bringing the issue to the school board.

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St. Paul school board OKs contract with new superintendent

Last Updated by Solvejg Wastvedt on

The contract includes a $232,000 dollar salary, slightly more than previous superintendent Valeria Silva's base salary of $213,026.

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Sanner retires suddenly; Rassier files suit, claiming mistreatment by Sanner and others

Last Updated by Madeleine Baran on

Sanner, who led Wetterling investigation, has not apologized to Rassier, and has said he stands behind his actions as sheriff for 14 years. He hasn't commented on the lawsuit.

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