The Daily Populous

Saturday February 11st, 2023 night edition

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota House passed a bill on Thursday guaranteeing free lunch and breakfast to all Minnesota students, regardless of income requirements set by a federal program.

"We're going to give them the tools they need to succeed in school and that means food," said Rep. Sydney Jordan, DFL-Minneapolis.

The federal government pays for free or reduced priced meals but there are income limits for who qualifies.

Jordan told reporters in a news conference ahead of the floor vote that this makes sure the plan "maximizes federal funding.".

One in four food-insecure children don't qualify for support under current federal programs, according Hunger Solutions Minnesota.

Right now, the number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch help determine additional state funding – known as compensatory funding – that districts receive to support students in need.

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said that the Wayzata school district was the only one not enrolled in the national school meal program. »

Olympics row deepens as 35 countries demand ban for Russia and Belarus

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Summary 35 countries call for Russia to be banned from 2024 Olympics.

"We are going in the direction that we would not need a boycott because all countries are unanimous," Jurgita Siugzdiniene said.

"I made the UK's position very clear: As long as Putin continues his barbaric war, Russia and Belarus must not be represented at the Olympics," she wrote. »

It’s Time to Tie India to the West

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For India, the West is the most important trading partner, the dominant source of capital and technology, and the major destination for the Indian diaspora.

If India were to partner more closely with the West, on the other hand, it could offer much stiffer competition to China—a geopolitical priority for both India and the West. »