Years after Somali men left Minn., youth decry extremism Young Somali-American community leaders in Minnesota are stepping up to keep their peers on the right path. But some are still struggling with a lack of support, the pressures of negative media attention, and the problem of the so-called "Starbucks dads."6:20 a.m.
70 percent of school funding levies approved It ended up being a pretty good day for school districts that had ballot questions before voters Tuesday.
About a third of all school districts in Minnesota had decided to put referenda on the ballot. They were asking voters to either maintain or increase the amount of funds that come from local sources. And of all those questions that were out there, 70-percent were approved.
Education reporter Tom Weber discussed the results with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.6:50 a.m.
Drought will hurt crop yields Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Steil reports on the news in southwestern Minnesota. One of the stories he's been following is a new report out this morning from the U.S. Agriculture Department. It's the agency's latest estimate of the size of the harvest. And he has news about a town where no one, apparently, wants to run for office. He checked in with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.8:25 a.m.
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