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New York Times national correspondent covering the Midwest and the Great Plains.

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Mitch Smith
a day ago
In Bob Dole’s hometown of Russell, Kan., residents mourned a senator who made their small city a central point of his bio. They also lamented the decline of the type of politics he embodied.
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@alexburnsNYT
Alex Burns
3 days ago
A monumental American life: “plain-spoken son of the prairie who overcame Dust Bowl deprivation in Kansas and grievous battle wounds in Italy to become the Senate majority leader & the last of the WW2 generation to win his party’s nomination for president”
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jack healy
5 days ago
It's so rare for the parents of underage mass shooters to be criminally charged. The charges against the Oxford suspect's parents could draw a new map for prosecutors trying to confront gun violence and lax gun ownership.
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
5 days ago
NEW: A nurse, a teacher, a bassist & a student who will have to postpone her exams are among the 12 jurors for the trial of Kimberly Potter, the ex-cop facing manslaughter charges for killing Daunte Wright when she seemed to mistake her gun for her Taser.
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Mitch Smith
5 days ago
I went to an Omaha lab yesterday to learn about the worldwide hunt for the Omicron variant. Hours after I left, scientists found six Omicron cases, the most so far in the U.S.
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
8 days ago
NEW: The trial of Kimberly Potter, the former Minnesota cop facing manslaughter charges after seeming to mistake her gun for her Taser and killing Daunte Wright, begins today with jury selection. I'll be covering the trial @nytimes for the next few weeks.
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Lincoln Journal Star
10 days ago
For five years, starting in 1986, Nebraska imported 159 river otters, often by trading turkeys to other states. Now the state's otter population numbers about 2,000.
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Sarah Mervosh
11 days ago
1/ A few months ago, I spoke to a school social worker who mentioned that her school had a bunch of new kids this year. I learned that Minneapolis was doing something interesting and relatively unusual... asking white families to help integrate schools
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Lynsey Chutel
12 days ago
Travel restrictions multiply for African countries over fears of a new variant, B1.1.529. Still, scientists are warning that we don't know much about the virus yet, specifically on the severity of illness it may cause.
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Mitch Smith
13 days ago
Also, thank you to the kind U. of Minnesota land care official who spoke to me not just for this story, but also for this piece a few years ago about stolen Christmas trees:
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Mitch Smith
13 days ago
I spotted the U. of Minnesota flock on two different trips to report on the Minneapolis election. Thanks to Jenn Ackerman of @ackermangruber for not laughing at me when I suggested she divert from our deadline story on the election to get turkey photos.
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Mitch Smith
13 days ago
Turkeys are proliferating on college campuses, where they have found plentiful grubs and even social media stardom. It’s a good life for a big bird.
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Mitch Smith
15 days ago
I’ll proudly order cheese curds in any state they’re sold. But I’m always struck by how much better they are in Wisconsin.
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Mitch Smith
15 days ago
The latest on the Waukesha, Wis., parade attack: -A sixth victim, a child, died -Prosecutors filed formal homicide charges -Bail was set at $5 million -A witness described calling 911 shortly after the parade when he encountered the suspect near his house.
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Mitch Smith
16 days ago
The man accused of killing five people during a Christmas parade in Wisconsin had a lengthy police record. The latest from the tragic scene in Waukesha:
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Mitch Smith
16 days ago
With Thanksgiving approaching, coronavirus cases are rising once again, especially in the Midwest. But many experts said vaccinated people can still gather in relative safety.
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Mitch Smith
17 days ago
Multiple people were killed and dozens more injured, many of them children, after an SUV barreled through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis. Witnesses described a horrific scene with bodies on the street and a bloody saxophone from a high school band.
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Julie Bosman
18 days ago
I also want to resurface a personal piece I wrote from Kenosha on August 29, 2020, about memory, history and anguish over the violence and destruction in the city that week.
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John Yoon
20 days ago
As millions of swabs get stuck into millions of noses, the approach toward the test seems to vary wildly, from country to country, from person to person. For this assignment, I went to the clinics where it all was happening. Here’s what I saw in Seoul.
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@NickAtNews
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
21 days ago
NEW: Kyle Rittenhouse trial jurors head home for a second night with no verdict. Also: Rittenhouse's lawyers ask for mistrial over video issue, which the judge suggested he could grant *after* a conviction, voiding it. (w/ @juliebosman @dhinkel @MrOlmos)
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