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Regulating e-cigs, fighting racial stereotypes in the theater, free breakfasts make for better students

Monday, May 12, 2014

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  • Smokeless SmokingAs e-cigs take off, Minn. lawmakers, smokers debate who should write the rules
    Electronic cigarette users are firing up their devices in all kinds of places people wouldn't consider lighting a conventional cigarette. That's inspired moves in the Minnesota Legislature to regulate "vaping" - the vaporizing of nicotine.
  • Scottsboro BoysNew theater coalition wants end to racial, ethnic stereotypes
    By joining forces, Penumbra Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, New Native Theater, Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea, aim to broaden cultural perspectives in the local theater scene.
  • Preparing foodSchools see free breakfast as key to better learning
    St. Paul schools and other districts across the state have found ways to ensure that more students eat a good breakfast -- and the results are showing up in the classroom.
  • Chicago Blackhawks' Marcus KrugerWild can't stop Blackhawks, lose Game 5
    "The whole game, the whole series has been very tight," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Still not a lot of room and space, but that's what we've got to fight through. I thought we showed more determination in the puck area tonight."
  • Michael SamMichael Sam takes aim at Vikings
    Michael Sam, who plays football and is also gay, was selected by the St. Louis Rams very late -- some say far too late -- in the NFL draft over the weekend. The Rams made a statement with the pick and now might face another difficult challenge: how to cut Michael Sam.
  • Ice cream song has its roots in racism
    The ice cream truck is making its first appearance in neighborhood last week. It didn't take long to recoil from its "fingernails on a chalkboard" signature song: "Turkey in the Straw." It's going to be even worse now that NPR's Code Switch blog has revealed the racist roots of the song. It's not about turkey or straw.
  • 2 Ozarks communities, 2 contrasting cultures
    Recently, the former mayor of Marionville, Mo., was pressured to resign days after delivering this sound bite on TV: "Things going on in this country that's destroying us. We've got a false economy, and some of those corporations are run by Jews." But not far away, there's another town with a different perspective.
  • Waseca playgroundWaseca woman credited with averting school attack
    A woman credited with potentially averting a school attack in the southern Minnesota city of Waseca says the suspect acted strangely as he approached a self-storage facility near her apartment.
  • Dayton signs women's equal pay legislation
    The Women's Economic Security Act requires businesses that contract with the state to certify they provide equal pay to men and women in the same job categories.
  • Scrappy the dogPuppy found in St. Paul recycling bin
    Two puppies that were discarded in a recycling bin behind a St. Paul animal hospital were found this week, one dead and the other barely clinging to life.
  • Philip NelsonFormer Gopher QB jailed; Mavericks linebacker hospitalized
    Former Mavericks linebacker Isaac Dallas Kolstad, of Mankato, was in critical condition Sunday and former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Robert Nelson is in jail after an alleged fight.
  • 50 train cars carrying coal derail in Cass County
    According to a Cass County Sheriff's Office news release, deputies received word about the derailment west of Pillager at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday.
  • Why aren't teens reading like they used to?
    A roundup of studies, put together by the non-profit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline of teen reading over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year -- if that. That's way down from a decade ago.
  • Addicted and pregnant: 'The most heart-wrenching experience of my life'
    "After I got pregnant, I did my best to do what a pregnant woman is supposed to do. I was able to refrain from drug use, but I never stayed away from alcohol for long."

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