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Minnesota’s embrace of Afghan refugees has turned into a crisis: many are facing eviction because government rental assistance expires after six months.

Many Afghan refugees said they can’t pay their rent because they face language barriers and can’t find jobs. The federal government pays for their first six months’ rent, and refugees must take over payments from there. Several local organizations are scrambling to keep refugees off the streets.

High temperatures and lower air quality will hit the Twin Cities this week. Learn how to track air quality reports and protect your health.

State and national studies show that people of color, low-income earners, and residents of neighborhoods impacted by historic racist policies–redlining–fare worse than others on low air quality days. Many of those neighborhoods are closer to industrial plants and freeways, which contribute to poor air quality.

Carjackings rattle south Minneapolis mosque. Leaders say many worshipers have stopped coming for nightly prayers.  

Religious leaders at Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center say worshipers have suffered eight carjackings. And a neighboring school and mall report that people are afraid to visit the Midtown Phillips neighborhood. Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council Member Jason Chavez attended a public meeting in May, but mosque leaders say they’re concerned about safety with summer on the way.