General Announcements

Last week, Hennepin County officials held a hearing for the public to comment on the proposed Southwest Light Rail line. The plan outlines a new rail line which will connect southwest metropolitan suburbs to downtown Minneapolis, and the Central Corridor line in St. Paul. People attended the hearing to listen to new details, and give their thoughts on the project.

The DREAM Act legislation that would have provided a path to legal residency for some students and other illegal immigrants died in the US Senate in late September. The measure failed to get the 60 votes needed to proceed as part of a defense bill. The vote likely means the end of congressional debate on any major immigration issues for the remainder of the year.

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller sent Governor Tim Pawlenty a letter appealing for a one day, limited agenda special session focusing on flood relief in Southeast Minnesota.

The St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) was recently recognized with four awards at the Hometown Video Awards ceremony in Washington D.C.

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign of Minnesota, a group dedicated to ending homelessness, has found temporary solutions for many homeless Minnesotans this winter inside foreclosed homes. KFAI’s Katey DeCelle reports.

For more information about the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, call 612-821-2364.

February 12, 2009

ThreeSixty:http://www.threesixtyjournalism.org/ is a youth journalism program based at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi speaks with Kathleen Olson, manager of vegetarian restaurant and bookstore St. Martin’s Table, about closing its doors, and the restaurant’s impact on the community.

Over 6,000 cyclists recently took part in the St. Paul Classic:http://www.bikeclassic.org/, a non-competitive bike ride through the city offering 15, 30 and 45 mile loops. KFAI’s Edward Gadient reports.

09-23-09

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman presented his 2009 City budget plans to the City Council on August 12, 2008.

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in the District del Sol in St. Paul is the largest in Minnesota. Despite the economic condition and swine flu scare, thousands of people came out on Friday and Saturday to see the parade, learn about or reconnect with Hispanic culture, listen to music – and eat all kinds of tacos, enchiladas, elotes asados y banderillas.

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