Minnesota House medical marijuana people's whip count

The Minnesota legislature reconvenes Tuesday, April 22, and will scramble to conclude business by May 19. One high profile issue, the legalization of medical marijuana, enjoys overwhelming popular support, according to recent polling.

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Minnesota mulls swimming lessons for all public school students

Hannah Lieder testifies before the House Education Policy Committee April 22 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Karen Clark, right, that would require aquatic instruction in public schools. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Swimming lessons for children in Minnesota are issues of wellness, civil rights and survival, said Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Mpls).

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Transportation, 'revitalization' and safety on the table at 'Bringing Broadway Back' forum

Jamil Ford, Alissa Pier, Paul Bauknight and Paula Pentel, during their panel discussion. It was noted that in the map behind them, the compass direction north is down, the river is at the left. (Photo by Margo Ashmore)

Which comes first, reduction of negative factors, or positive development? That chicken-egg question was the heart of the matter when about 45 community leaders, developers, residents, business owners and city planners gathered at the YMCA on West Broadway April 17 in the morning, to discuss plans to improve the area, addressing a campaign pledge of City Council Member Blong Yang to hold a “summit” on the issue. The objective was to develop “solutions, visions and improvements to revitalize West Broadway.”

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From Mexico to Minnesota, and back to Mexico: Leaving the gangster life behind

During my twenty years of living I have made some really good and really bad choices. The worst choice I made was getting involved in gangs and drugs, which led to my unwilling trip to Mexico and life-changing events. Being in a gang is like playing chess: Only the king and queen survive, while the rest are and always remain pawns.

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Condoleezza Rice speaks for sold-out crowd, 200 protest her campus visit

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks to University of Minnesota graduate students and faculty during a small group discussion Thursday afternoon in Northrop Auditorium. (Photo by Amanda Snyder)

After weeks of controversy surrounding former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the University of Minnesota, her appearance Thursday went ahead as scheduled.

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Collateral costs: Racial disparities and injustice in Minnesota's marijuana laws

Blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, one of the nation’s highest disparities, according to FBI statistics. Our latest report finds these disproportionate arrest rates further exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color.

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University District Alliance public forum addresses area concerns

Como resident and property owner Mary Kay Dooley expresses concerns and ideas for the neighborhood at a forum at Van Cleve Community Center on Thursday. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

City officials were on hand as community members discussed ways to make the University of Minnesota area more livable Thursday.

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Reflection of New Minnesotans: Diaspora communities 'pave pathways' for human rights

Paving Pathways for Justice and Accountability is a manual for diaspora communities put together by Minnesota's The Advocates for Human Rights. In this episode, staff from The Advocates and local immigrant and refugee activists discuss the new resource, and their experience advocating from afar for human rights in their home countries. [Audio below]

License plate reader issue coming to a head at Legislature

A license plate reader (LPR) that many Minnesota law enforcement agencies have and the data it collects can know where you were five days, five weeks, five months, even 5 years ago. The data the LPR collects and disseminates can be used to get an individuals daily routine down pat. Just review the Star Tribune articles about former Mayor R.T. Rybak and reporter Eric Roper.

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OPINION | I remember when the community supported those of us in prison

On February 7 and 8 there was an African American history celebration held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes. During the two days there were several prolific and amazing speakers and performers, such as Pastor Arthur Agnew; Portia McClain, professor of African language at the U of M; Tracey Williams-Dillard of the Spokesman Recorder; Barbara Epps, Bush Fellowship ACES; Angela Stewart, gospel singer; Michelle Horovitz of Appetite for Change; and storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Zulu.

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