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Metro Reporter — Minnesota Public Radio

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Minnesotan charged with trying to join ISIS pleads guilty — Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, faces up to 15 years in prison but is hoping for a reduced sentenced. Officials see him as a test case in rehabilitating radicalized youth.

In Minnesota, Somalis don't want al-Shabab to define them — When a video purportedly by the Somali terror group al-Shabab encouraged extremists to conduct lone-wolf attacks on shopping centers, including the Mall of America, Somali-Americans in Minnesota wrestled with how best to respond. After hours of meetings, Somali-American leaders condemned the video and made it clear that al-Shabab is losing its ability to sway minds in their community.

Federal grand jury: Mpls. man tried to join ISIS

Advocates: License, voting changes would aid all in MN — Racial-justice advocates are back at the Capitol to demand more measures that they say would improve the lives of all Minnesotans. Last year, the Legislature increased the minimum wage and passed the so-called "ban the box" legislation aimed at expanding employment opportunities for job candidates with criminal records.

Luger's involvement in anti-extremism plans makes Muslims wary — As Twin Cities leaders take their strategy of fighting extremist ideology this week to Washington, they have their eye on the millions of federal dollars available for local efforts to combat extremist ideology. The money would support a bold mix of expanded afterschool programs, youth sports, more Somali police officers, mentoring programs and job fairs.

Twin Cities leaders seek White House support to prevent Americans from joining terror groups — U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger and Twin Cities Somali-American community leaders head to the White House next week to seek millions of dollars for a strategy that they hope will help stem the flow of homegrown fighters for terror groups overseas.

Key question in MN terror case: Can the radicalized be rehabilitated? — Federal prosecutors allege Abdullahi Yusuf tried to fly to the Middle East last spring to join ISIS. He was intercepted and later charged with conspiring to aid a terror group. The terror charge typically would have kept Yusuf in jail, pending trial. That's what prosecutors wanted. Chief U.S.

Thanks to tweets, suspected ISIS backer stays in jail — At a detention hearing Monday, prosecutors argued that Hamza Ahmed's tweets suggested he was willing to be a martyr and was therefore a danger to the community.

Freedom set for MN man who turned from terror suspect to witness — A former Twin Cities man who joined a terror group in Somalia and later became a star witness for the United States government will be released from prison Thursday.

Guns, drugs, mental illness forcing St. Paul cops to shoot, chief says — Guns on the street and encounters with violent, mentally ill and drug addicted people explain the uptick in St. Paul's officer-involved fatal shootings, Police Chief Thomas Smith said Friday. In his first interview about police shootings since his officers shot and killed 24-year-old Marcus Golden two weeks ago, Smith said the numbers don't tell the full story of the dangerous situations officers routinely confront.
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Mar 27, 2015

Nice conversation from NPR: Her Instagram Feed Finds The Fun In Long-Suffering Somalia…

Mar 26, 2015

Soccer commissioner warms up to MN winters in solid piece from @timnelson_mpr; calls us "hardy."

Mar 26, 2015

Thanks. Full audio is up! MT: @LydenFOX9 Some impressive work here on MN ISIS recruits…

Mar 26, 2015

Can St. Cloud school find a teachable moment on racial incident? Interesting developments from @rihamfeshir

Mar 25, 2015

RT @sctimes: Parents of Tech student: Let our son apologize for Snapchat post… by @msommerhauser

Mar 25, 2015

Our full report on ISIS recruitment will air again at 5:35 p.m.

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