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Saturday March 18th, 2023 morning edition

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Surrounded by school children, teachers, advocates and public officials, Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law Friday to provide breakfasts and lunches at no charge to students at participating schools.

During the signing ceremony, Walz told Minnesota parents this will ease some of the stress on them.

Students cheer as Gov. Tim Walz finishes signing the free school meals bill, on Friday, which will cost the state of Minnesota close to $400 million in the first two years and grow in price in the future.

There’s also a law in Minnesota requiring schools to provide identical meals to all students, even if their families are experiencing financial difficulties.

This bill would cover all school lunches and breakfasts, even if families don’t meet current federal USDA household income guidelines.

She spoke about experiencing food insecurity as a child and dedicated the passing of the free school lunch bill to her mother.

Students will start receiving school meals at no charge starting at the beginning of the next academic year which starts in September for most schools. »

Kentucky college pays $14m after wrestler ‘begged for water’ before heat death

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A Kentucky university has agreed to a settlement of more than $14m over the death of a student wrestler during practice, the institution said in a statement.

Brace’s death, on 31 August 2020 from heat stroke after he begged for water and was refused, “was tragic and entirely avoidable”, the lawsuit said.

Brace was diagnosed with narcolepsy and ADHD and was prescribed Adderall which requires maintaining hydration, according to the lawsuit. »

North Korea claims almost 800,000 people have signed up for military to fight against US

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SEOUL, March 18 (Reuters) - North Korea claims that about 800,000 of its citizens volunteered to join or reenlist in the nation's military to fight against the United States, North Korea's state newspaper reported on Saturday.

The North's claim came after North Korea on Thursday launched its Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in response to ongoin0g U.S-South Korea military drills.

Kim accused the United States and South Korea of increasing tensions with the military drills. »

BREAKING: ICC issues arrest warrants for Putin, Russian official tied to kidnapping of Ukrainian children

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian official allegedly overseeing the forced deportations of Ukrainian children to Russia.

In its statement, the ICC writes that it believes Putin “bears individual criminal responsibility” as the leader of Russia for the crimes committed against Ukrainian children.

"I applaud the ICC decision to issue arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova over forcible transfer of Ukrainian children. »

Ron DeSantis Suffers Blow As Court Rejects 'Dystopian' Anti-Woke Law

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DeSantis' office said they still expect the policy will be fully passed into law.

The appeal is ongoing, and we remain confident that the law is constitutional," Bryan Griffin, DeSantis' press secretary, told Newsweek.

"Any law that limits the free exchange of ideas in university classrooms should lose both in the court of law and the court of public opinion.". »