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As schools struggle with costs, special education takes a toll

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Special education accounts for one-fifth of education spending, and costs are growing.

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Inside the Leflore County Jail: A cell of snitches

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After his arrest in 1997, Curtis Flowers was placed in a small cell with up to eight other inmates. Here's what happened next, in their own words.

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S2 E4: The Confessions

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The case against Curtis Flowers is based on three main threads of evidence: the route that witnesses said he walked to Tardy Furniture, the gun that prosecutors alleged he used to shoot four employees, and the confessions he supposedly made while incarcerated. In this episode, we investigate the three inmates who claimed that Flowers confessed to them.

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What exactly are prosecutors allowed to do?

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They can rely on jailhouse informants, if the testimony is true.

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New program is bringing the library to a St. Paul laundromat

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Starting Saturday, the St. Paul Public Library is joining a national effort that provides "pop-up" libraries in laundromats.

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Recession nearly killed her MN gymnastics studio. Now, she's on a roll.

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Brenda Nolby navigated some tough economic times. But the Ham Lake entrepreneur proved her staying power. Now her studio is thriving, and she's Minnesota's Small Business Person of the Year.

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St. Paul schools may drop opposition to holiday observances

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Current policy tells schools to "strive to eliminate" holiday programs.

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Minnesota teachers share stories of the teachers who energized them

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Every teacher started as a student inspired by their teachers. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, MPR News asked some of the state's best instructors about the teachers who inspired them. Here's what they said.

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McNally Smith bankruptcy case may be close to an end, leaving creditors with less

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The trustee in the case says a deal with the mortgage holder on the school's downtown St. Paul building could bring a sale within two months.

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Photos: Kids get a taste of farm life at Urban Ag Day

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The event at the State Fairgrounds aims to bridge the gulf that divides rural and urban young people.

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St. Kate's looks at staff cutbacks to deal with rising expenses, dipping enrollment

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Like a lot of liberal arts colleges, St. Catherine University is feeling the financial squeeze of growing costs and plateauing revenues.

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Could they really match those bullets in the Tardy Furniture case?

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Ballistics evidence helped send Curtis Flowers to death row, but critics say the field is subjective and unscientific.

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On the trail of Doyle Simpson in Louisiana

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How a key player in the Curtis Flowers case came to need a gun.

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S2 E3: The Gun

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The case against Curtis Flowers relies on three threads of evidence: the route that witnesses say he walked the morning of the murders, the gun that prosecutors say he used to shoot four employees at Tardy Furniture, and the people he supposedly confessed to while in jail. In this episode, we investigate the alleged murder weapon and the strange history of the man who owned it.

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'I never want to be in a neighborhood where I'm shot at again'

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A first-generation college graduate reflects on moving up America's class ladder.

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