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State Identifies 155 Struggling Schools

The Minnesota Department of Education has identified dozens of schools that accept federal poverty aid and aren't doing enough to close the achievement gap between white and minority students or are lacking in overall academic achievement.

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MNsure Says 4.5 Percent Average Hike in 2015

Minnesota officials say the average rate for policies sold on the state health insurance exchange next year will go up 4.5 percent.
    
They say that will still give Minnesota the lowest average rate in the nation.
    

Car Crashes into St. Paul Home after Attempted Traffic Stop

A vehicle crashed into a St. Paul house early Wednesday morning while police were attempting to pull it over.

The incident happened at Wheelock Parkway and Dale Street.

Officers investigating burglary reports tried to stop a car matching the suspect vehicle description. The car took the corner of the intersection too fast and crashed into a house, police say.

MSHSL to Review Policy Changes for Transgender Athletes

The Minnesota State High School League is set Wednesday to review details of its transgender athlete policy.

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St. Paul Plans to Pay Man Bitten by Police Dog

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St. Paul officials plan to pay a $65,000 settlement to a man who says he was wrongfully bitten by a city police dog during a search for another person.
    

Man Charged with Killing Son Over Cable Bill Dies in Jail

Pang Vang - Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office

A Maplewood man, set to be sentenced in October for killing his son over a cable bill has died in jail.

Pang Vang, 84, pleaded guilty in early August to killing Chue Vang. Investigators say Pang Vang shot his son back in March, and then stabbed himself. He said he wanted to settle the cable dispute in the afterlife.

Como Zoo Facebook Fans Choose 'Ruckus' as Baby Zebra Name

Baby zebra, Ruckus - Photo: Como Zoo

The 90,000 Facebook fans of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory have decided the name of the new baby zebra at the zoo.

There were three names to chose from - ZigZag, Ruckus, and Mayhem.

The Como Zoo Facebook page let fans vote by "liking" the name they wanted.