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  • At Totino-Grace, fired for being gay
    Kristen Ostendorf is the second official at the Catholic school to resign or be fired after acknowledging being gay. School president William Hudson resigned in June.September 11, 2013
  • Boy Scouts ruling on gay youth prompts religious splinter group
    Adults in Trail Life USA must sign a statement of faith and make a commitment to purity. That means scouts will be taught that any sexual activity outside marriage is a sin. Leaders say scouts who are gay will be allowed in, as long as they don't promote or engage in any sexual behavior that is a distraction to the program.September 9, 2013
  • Inmates, sex offenders may test same-sex marriage law
    Legalizing same sex marriage has raised a host of questions for Minnesota officials -- from the relatively simple, like how to replace the words "husband" and "wife" on forms, to the more complicated, such as whether two incarcerated people can marry.September 9, 2013
  • Senior hunger in Minnesota still a problem, report author says
    The author of a new report showing Minnesota's senior hunger problem is well below the national average of 15 percent said it is still enough to be worrisome.September 8, 2013
  • Help wanted: Fruit pickers for food shelves
    A non-profit group has begun harvesting surplus fruit to fill metro food shelves. The operation runs through October.September 7, 2013
  • Minn. 'hunger count' high despite better economy
    A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says about one in 10 Minnesota households doesn't have access to enough food for healthy living.September 5, 2013
  • Justice Dept. tackles quality of defense for poor
    All over the country, lawyers who defend poor people in criminal cases have been sharing their stories about painful budget cuts. But an unprecedented recent court filing from the Justice Department has cheered the typically overburdened attorneys who represent the poor and could have dramatic implications for the representation of indigent defendants.September 4, 2013
  • Are we stingier as we become richer?
    A researcher's observation of poor populations found that as people grew richer, they became more individualistic. Community ties frayed and weakened. A new study makes the argument that the same thing has happened in the U.S. over a longer period.September 4, 2013
  • NAACP-KKK meeting in Wyo. believed to be a first
    A meeting between the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and an organizer for the Ku Klux Klan is believed to be the first of its kind. KKK organizer John Abarr, from Great Falls, Mont., filled out an NAACP membership form and made a $20 donation, but said he did not ask anybody at the meeting if they would like to join the KKK.September 3, 2013
  • 1 in 3 Minn. marriage licenses went to same-sex couples since Aug. 1
    Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren't required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.The Daily Circuit, September 3, 2013
  • Minn. sees rush to same-sex marriage
    Same-sex couples received nearly 1 in 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they were allowed to wed, The Associated Press found in a statewide survey of the first month's impact of the new gay marriage law.September 3, 2013
  • Diana Nyad's journey from Rape
    Diana Nyad, who swam in 53 hours from Cuba to Key West at the age of 64 because (a) she could and (b) she's had a long-standing dream to. But there's a story behind her ocean swimming, which she told Out Magazine last year.September 3, 2013
  • Who's a victim of sex trafficking?
    As of this year, Illinois became one of several states where prostitution is no longer a felony. It's also one of a growing number where a minor cannot be charged with prostitution, even as a misdemeanor.September 2, 2013
  • Suicide numbers up for working age Minnesotans
    Suicides in the state hit an all time high in 2011 as 684 people took their own lives. Most occurred among working age adults between 25 and 64 years old, Minnesota Department of Health data released this morning show.August 30, 2013
  • Smart phones aren't reducing the rural Internet gap
    Ten percent of the nation's adults say they don't have broadband at home but do have a smart phone, says a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. On the other hand, the same report shows that phenomenon has done nothing to narrow the urban-rural gap.August 29, 2013

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