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Governor's High-Speed Internet Goal Is Likely Expensive

In her address after being sworn in Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds highlighted the importance of high-speed internet being available in all parts of the state, regardless of a community's size and location. "A connected community means better jobs, safer communities, better education and a better quality of life," said the governor. "And it really is the expectation of our young people." A significant amount of money is likely needed to make this goal a reality in rural parts of the state. ...

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Back when Stefani McCoy was 17, she felt isolated and depressed. Her mother was raising her solo while her father battled drug addiction. One day, she decided she was done with going to school. "No one could talk me out of it," says McCoy, who soon ended up living out of her car.

Eleven years later, she's in the Peace Corps, trying to help dropouts in Namibia in a similar situation.

As McCoy says, "They're me in African form."

What a week it's been for education news. Let's begin NPR Ed's weekly roundup as the week began, on Monday ...

DeVos talks choice in Indianapolis

It was expected to be an important speech, perhaps the unveiling of President Trump's long-awaited, $20 billion plan to expand school choice nationally. But that didn't happen.

Instead, when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took the stage in Indianapolis at the American Federation For Children's National Policy Summit, she talked philosophy.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a noted foreign policy expert and thinker, died Friday at the age of 89.

His daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, announced his death on Twitter and Instagram:

In a Saturday morning statement, former President Obama called Brzezinski a "passionate advocate for American leadership."

There's a narrative about the methamphetamine epidemic in Montana that says the state tackled it in the 2000s, yet now it's back with a vengeance because of super labs and drug cartels in Mexico. But here on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, it never really went away.

"Getting high in your car in front of the store; that ain't a big deal," says Miranda Kirk.

In Mexico, the race is on to save a small, gray porpoise that is on the brink of extinction. It's called the vaquita, which is Spanish for "small cow."

Scientists believe only 30 remain in the warm, shallow waters of the Gulf of California, between Baja California's peninsula and mainland Mexico — the only place they live in the world.

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Governor Kim Reynolds and acting Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg traveled across Iowa Friday on their "Building a Better Iowa" tour. Reynolds became the state’s first female governor on Wednesday. 

At a stop in Cedar Rapids, Reynolds emphasized four priorities: tax reform to encourage business growth, energy policy innovation, STEM education and workforce training.

"I want you to know that while we're proud of what we've been able to do over the last six years, we know that our job is far from done," Reynolds says. "We have a lot of work left to do."

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Many of us learned about the Manchester attack by looking at our phones. We got news alerts, saw videos posted to Facebook and tweets on Twitter. Perhaps you even sent a few of your own. But that might not be the best thing to do.

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San Fermin mastermind Ellis Ludwig-Leone studied composition at Yale. While a student, he assisted famed composer Nico Muhly on some projects. Ludwig-Leone had been in bands, but didn't really intend to make pop music after graduation. He realized that he could combine his classical training with "pop songs," and set out to write the first San Fermin album in 2013. Belong is album number three; with music, lyrics and arrangements written by Ludwig-Leone who leads the band as keyboard player....

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A Musical Marriage: Robert and Clara Schumann

In 1830, a young, dashing, rising star named Robert Schumann started studying piano in Leipzig with the well-known teacher, Friedrich Wieck, and moved into a room in his teacher’s house. Wieck’s 11-year-old daughter, Clara, was a gifted pianist and composer who was already giving concerts. The 20-year-old Robert became infatuated with her over time, and after intense opposition and legal battles with Clara’s father, the two were married in 1840 just before her 21 st birthday. Robert allowed...

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