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(AP) For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S. The Census Bureau reports children younger than 1 who are minority has tipped past the 50 percent mark for the first time. In Minnesota, minorities make up about 28 percent of those younger than 1. State demographer Susan Brower says diversity in Minnesota has been increasing at much the same rate as the U.S. overall, but the state began at a much lower level. Minorities make up the majority of the under age 5 population in three Minnesota counties Ramsey, Mahnomen and Nobles. While Mahnomen County has long been predominantly American Indian, Ramsey and Nobles counties have attracted minorities to work in the agriculture industry.
(AP) Minnesota health officials say the state is dealing with a rising number of whooping cough cases this year. The Department of Health says in the first five months of 2012, 670 cases of pertussis were confirmed. That's more than the total number of cases for all of 2011. In the Twin Cities metro, the most populous county, Hennepin, leads the way with 219 cases. Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Thomas Boyce says the hospital usually does about a dozen pertussis tests per week. In the past three weeks, that number has ranged from 41 to 63 tests a week. For infants, whooping cough is potentially fatal, because they aren't fully immunized yet. The ailment spreads through sneezing and coughing.
(AP) Enrollment figures from the University of Wisconsin System show many more Native Americans are going to college. But their retention and graduation rates lag behind the overall student population. The latest figures from the UW System show more than 1,800 Native American students were enrolled in 2009. That's 550 more than the fall of 2005. But the six-year graduation rate is 65 percent for all students and 40 percent for American Indians. Ed Manydeeds of Eau Claire is the first Native American member of the UW Board of Regents. Cultural differences can contribute to the retention problem. He says UW campuses need a center dedicated to American Indian students. Northland College in Ashland, for example, is opening an Indigenous People's Center.
If you expected an absentee ballott this week and never got it.....don't worry...it's not lost in the mail.
And now you won't get one until next week. La Crosse County Clerk, Ginny Denkmeyer, says normally, there’s a month and a half between the primaries and a general election. But for recall elections, the state Constitution calls for a gap of four weeks. And Government Accountability Board Director, Kevin Kennedy, says local clerks must do some maneuvering with the shorter time frame.