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ST. PAUL — A St. Paul father with only driving violations on his record is expected to be deported soon to his native Guatemala. Rudy Lopez Vasquez, 29, was placed in the custody of immigration officials within hours of his May 9 arrest in Coon Rapids for driving without a license.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's high school graduating classes have shrunk in recent years, and fewer of those graduates are entering college right away. The college-going rate among new high school graduates fell slightly in 2016 for a third straight year to 69.6 percent, according to newly released data from the state Office of Higher Education. The rate topped out at 71.5 percent in 2013. Still, higher education commissioner Larry Pogemiller sees no cause for alarm. "We don't think it's statistically significant. We think it's flat, basically," he said.
ST. PAUL — Nearly a year later, the roadside near where Philando Castile was fatally shot still holds symbols of remembrance, and the St. Paul elementary school where he worked has a bench bearing his name. But perhaps the most meaningful memorials will live inside the young black graduates of his alma mater, St. Paul's Central High School. Friends of Castile, whose live-streamed July 6 death at the hand of a St. Anthony police officer in Falcon Heights sparked nationwide outrage, have raised some $51,000 for a Central High scholarship in his name.
ST. PAUL — Tuition will rise by 3.9 percent at state universities and 1 percent at state colleges, but a rate freeze will follow in 2018-19. The seven universities on average will charge $7,289 for full-time tuition next school year, an increase of $272. The colleges on average will charge $4,815 — up $48. Trustees of Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) approved a $2.02 billion budget Wednesday, June 21, but tuition rates were somewhat out of their control.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota will raise tuition this fall at its Twin Cities campus by 2 percent for Minnesota residents and 12.5 percent for nonresidents. A few regents Tuesday, June 20 lobbied for a tuition freeze or slight decrease for residents, but the board voted overwhelmingly to approve President Eric Kaler's recommended budget. Kaler said his 2 percent proposal Tuesday was a compromise between the 3 percent resident rate hike he suggested last week and what regents wanted. "We have listened to the board carefully," he said.
ST. PAUL — Nikki Staab was on vacation in October when a fight broke out in her usually well-mannered seventh-grade science class at Farnsworth Aerospace school in St. Paul. In a typical year, the teacher said, the disruption would have led to three-day suspensions for the boy and girl involved. Instead, back at school the following day, they listened for 90 minutes as their classmates asked questions and described how the altercation made them feel. "It was incredibly powerful. It was really emotional," Staab said. "After that, everything went back to normal."
ST. PAUL — A finding of discrimination against a Karen immigrant student is the latest strike against a St. Paul Public Schools equity initiative that pushed English-learning students into mainstream classes without language assistance. The St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity issued a finding of probable cause last month that the district violated the city's human rights ordinance by discriminating against a Como Park Senior High student because of his national origin.
MINNEAPOLIS—The FBI is investigating what the University of Minnesota calls a sophisticated fraud in its athletics ticketing office. Soon after an internal audit uncovered discrepancies in ticketing transaction records, the university on Feb. 4 fired Brent Holck, its assistant athletic director of sales and services.
ST. PAUL — The University of Minnesota has suspended and demoted its top athletics fundraiser accused of sexually harassing a subordinate with hugs and other unwanted touching. Randy Handel, the associate athletic director for development, will lose his supervisory duties and get a new title with fundraising duties and a lower salary, the university said Thursday, May 25, in response to a Pioneer Press records request.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota Board of Regents launched an official inquiry Thursday into the leak of confidential information about an athletics official’s alleged sexual harassment of a fellow employee. KSTP-TV reported regents were notified Wednesday that Randy Handel, the associate athletics director of development, sexually harassed another employee in the athletics department.