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Today many people make telephone calls casually, with not much thought given to cost. For that you can thank cell phones and calling plans that include all the minutes you might want to use.
But for people who are in prison, picking up the phone and connecting with their lawyers, family, and loved ones on the outside can be an expensive proposition.

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As community leaders, activists and authorities in Ferguson, Missouri continue to try to resolve an ongoing, tense situation there, scholars in the field of Criminal Justice are taking a close look at how this and other conflicts have developed.

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Project DIVA is North Minneapolis-based program established to provide under-served girls with the tools and support to end the cycle of the poverty endemic in our communities.

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Story by Eric Blom, Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

Last spring, the Minneapolis City Council amended a zoning code to allow commercial agriculture in the city.
KFAI’s Eric Blom talked to members of Stones Throw Urban Farm and Project Sweetie Pie about how this growing movement is feeding communities and teaching valuable life skills.
And Project Sweetie’s Michael Chaney stopped by the KFAI Weekly news to talk with Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi.

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Anthony Taylor, Adventures Director for the Loppet Foundation, will be speaking this weekend at the Outdoor Adventures Expo about engaging people of color in the outdoors.

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The City of Minneapolis is currently working on long-term urban planning around what they call the Public Realm, the intersection between public and private interests in the city.

On August 10, 2015, there will be a public meeting about the project at the Pohlad Auditorium at the Minneapolis Central Library from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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A new exhibit at Juxtaposition Arts in Minneapolis is called “Question Bridge – Black Males.” It’s a video installation that threads together fifteen hundred conversations with Black men across the United States in an attempt to create more complex, multi-faceted, and whole images and narratives of Black males.

Roger Cummings is the Juxtaposition Arts Artistic Director. Nate Young is a multi-media artist and Juxtaposition’s Gallery and Contemporary Art Director, and Chris Johnson is one of the creators of Question Bridge. They visited KFAI’s Morning Blend to talk with Brenda Bell Brown and Yvette Howie.

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In just about two weeks, voters in St. Paul and Minneapolis will go to the polls to use Ranked Choice Voting in city elections.  In Minneapolis, some tightly contested, multi candidate races will give the relatively new Ranked Choice Voting system a chance to show its value – if voters AND candidates understand how to use it. 

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More than 700 professional and amateur racquetball players in the Twin Cities for the United Health Care U.S. Open Championships. The event is billed as the most prestigious tournament in professional racquetball, and it offers the players more than 65 thousand dollars in prize money.

At the same time the tournament is expected to bring 4 million dollars into the region in terms of economic impact. The games are played at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. From the semi-finals on out the key matches for men and women will happen in a Lucite see-through court surrounded by up to one thousand spectators.

Jose Rojas is the number four rated racquetball player in the world. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh about the Championships, and the world’s number one player, Kane Wasenlenchuk.

Rojas recently defeated Wasenlenchuk, and Paul asked him how he did it.

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At least one thousand people gathered in downtown Minneapolis to demonstrate their disappointment and resolve following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.   People of all ages and ethnicities rallied around more than a dozen speakers including civil rights attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds and rapper Brother Ali, before taking to the streets for a march through downtown.  

KFAI’s Christina Cerruti was there and filed this report.

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