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School lunch aid passes

ST. PAUL - Minnesota will increase its school lunch subsidy for poor students if a bill headed to a full House vote passes.

The issue arose after it was revealed that a majority of Minnesota public schools withhold hot lunches to students who could not pay. There also were reports that school officials took away meals from students in lunch lines and dumped them in the trash if they had no money in their lunch accounts.

A bill the House Ways and Means Committee approved Monday would spend $3.5 million to increase state support to hot lunches from 12.5 cents to 52.5 cents per meal. Federal money pays the bulk of the cost of lunches for poor students.

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