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ST. PAUL — A St. Paul lunch lady and her husband are suspected of growing marijuana in California and having it shipped back home for sale. In May, police at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport intercepted a UPS package containing 18.3 pounds of marijuana addressed to the East Side home of Vang Xiong and his wife, May Yang. It was the seventh large package shipped to their home from California in five months, according to a recent filing in U.S. District Court.
ST. PAUL — A St. Paul teacher has accepted a five-day unpaid suspension after a kindergartner left her class in May and walked nearly a mile away from Como Elementary. A neighbor found the child alone, apparently lost, at Arlington Avenue and Como Boulevard and called 911 at 2:45 p.m. on May 7.
MINNEAPOLIS—In the wake of a political maelstrom over the Senate confirmation of his newest colleague, Chief Justice John Roberts told a University of Minnesota crowd Tuesday, Oct. 16, that the U.S. Supreme Court "must be very different" from Congress and the office of the president. During his opening remarks and in response to questions, the 2005 George W. Bush appointee described his efforts to keep the justices working together and independent of political influence. The justices pause to shake hands before hearing cases, he said.
ST. PAUL—An Augsburg University professor is meeting with immigration officials Friday, March 9, about his possible deportation. Kenya native Mzenga Wanyama, an associate professor of English, came to the United States in 1992 as a J-1 nonimmigrant exchange visitor, court records show. His wife and two children followed in 1995. When his visa expired in 2005, Wanyama applied for asylum. He said he feared government persecution after writing three newspaper articles supporting the former Kenyan president's political opponent.
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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.