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Body of missing St. Paul man found under a bridge

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Two boys found a body of a man, identified as David Frederick Wandtke, under a railroad bridge Saturday afternoon.

According to the Pioneer Press, David Wandtke, 52, had been missing since Valentine's Day. He told his wife that he was going to the grocery story and did not return home, his family said. He was also dealing with some personal issues, his family said.

According to the Star Tribune, his death is not considered suspicious, police said. About 10,000 people are reported missing in Minnesota every year.

Minnesotan Teachers face changes

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Minnesotan teachers will face changes that will attempt to improve the quality of teachers in the state.

According to the Star Tribune, most Minnesotan schools already have some kind of evaluation for their teachers but Minnesota was cited for not dismissing teachers who perform badly. "Minnesota is among a growing number of states grappling with how to tie teacher evaluations to student performance with a system that's meaningful and fair," stated the Star Tribune.

The U.S. Department of Education requires annual evaluation in order to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind, a federal mandate, that Minnesota has yet to achieve successfully. According to the Star Tribune, teacher evaluations are accessed using test scores, which are problematic because Minnesota's methods of evaluations do not use scores.

According to Minnpost, Minnesotan schools face another problem. Because of recent budget cuts by the state government, many teachers lost their jobs. Minneapolis' poorest schools had the highest turnovers. While many minority teachers did not survive the cut, teachers with the most seniority in the schools were safe from the cuts. As a result, 87 percent of the district's teachers are white, while 70 percent of students are minorities, according to Mickelson and Bill English, co-chair of Black/African American Leadership Summit. The "last hired, first fired" system has the potential of unfairly keeping badly performing senior teachers and cutting less experienced good teachers.

Obama's visit to South Korea

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Obama's visit to South Korea is aimed to pressure North Korea before international nuclear talks.

According to the Washington Post, Obama sternly expressed his thoughts on North Korea's nuclear programs while also encouraging the international community also put pressure on Pyongyang. "North Korea needs to understand that bad behavior will not be rewarded," Obama said during an evening news conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

The summit meeting on nuclear security will be attended by top officials from 54 countries including China and Russia, according to CNN. However, the subject of the meeting has been overshadowed by North Korea's plans of a long-range missile test.

According to the Washington Post, the missile test will jeopardize the aid North Korea will be able to receive from the United States.

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