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Finding room for child migrants Thousands of undocumented children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are being housed in military bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma and the federal government has been looking for more temporary shelter space. Minnesota doesn't have any available facilities to help house them, but Minnesota citizens and non-profits are providing housing, legal assistance and social services to some.
Who are the kids of the migrant crisis? Why are these children coming in such large numbers from Central America? Elizabeth Kennedy, a Fulbright scholar who's been working in El Salvador, interviewed more than 500 children and adolescents as they returned to El Salvador after being deported from Mexico, to find the answers.
Overcoming the insult of 'acting white' A common struggle for African-American students trying to succeed in school is handling the putdowns of black peers. One of the worst is the accusation that they are "acting white" and rejecting their culture. Elizabeth Zalanga, who in June graduated from Central High School in St. Paul, has been stung by those words. But she has survived them. She knows that there is no single authentic black experience.
Whip smart: Cottonwood planting takes root as worries grow When people hear about Maria DeLaundreau's summer cottonwood planting project, they think she's crazy. Plant more of those messy trees? What about the seeds? But cottonwoods provide habitat for eagles and shade for other tree species, and many of the young trees are not surviving.
Portraits in the age of selfies In a time when self-portraits are snapped on a phone then shared online, it might seem that there is no longer a place for portrait painters. But the artists involved in "Self & Others," a show that opens at the Instinct Gallery on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, say otherwise.
Video: The camera-chomping giraffe MPR News reporter Tim Post put GoPro cameras on the giraffe feeding baskets at Como Park Zoo and got an eye level view of the 14-foot animals.
Investors want women's hockey in Minnesota There is the five-team Canadian Women's Hockey League. Boston is currently the only U.S. city with a team in the CWHL, but a group of Minnesota investors is hoping to change that.
5 new laws in Minnesota that start Aug. 1 Some of the laws passed during the latest legislative session take effect next week on Aug. 1. Here's a look at five key changes from a list posted Friday by the Minnesota House of Representatives.
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Simply, it is Minnesota news on your schedule. The MPR News Update brings you up to speed with the state's top news, the best of our blogs and smart talk radio in the format that fits you best. Subscribe to Phil's podcast or read Hart's take on the best from mprnews.org.
Phil Picardi newscasts weekday mornings and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, sending out a morning news headlines text, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day.
Hart is the morning online editor at MPR News. Previously, he wrote the newsroom blog at City Pages in Minneapolis; edited national news for Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul; was a photojournalist in Connecticut and on the Texas-Mexico border; and a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire.