English-only measure still divides Lino Lakes In a first-grade class at Lino Lakes Elementary School, a circle of students, most of them white, sing children's songs in Spanish. The class is part of a fledgling but popular Spanish-immersion program at the school. It's also a small island of linguistic diversity in a community where, a year and a half ago, officials made it clear that only English would be the language of city documents.5:35 p.m.
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Races Expected To Be Close In Alabama, Mississippi
Alabama and Mississippi hold Republican primaries on Tuesday. It appears to be a tight, three-way race in each state between Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. Melissa Block talks with Mara Liasson about the races.
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