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Have you checked out the new variety of KFAI's Web Exclusive programming yet? JAZZED UP AND BONKERS is one of those shows. 

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According to the MN Department of Health, Minnesota recorded 307 new HIV cases in 2014, bringing the number of those living with the infection close to 8,000. It is estimated that another 1,000 are HIV-positive but unaware of their status. December 1, 2015 is World AIDS Day and the executive director of Clare Housing, Chuck Peterson, spoke with KFAI's Rico Morales to talk about new housing for people diagnosed with this illness.

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Sue Aberholden of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness stops by KFAI to talk about various state and federal proposals to provide assistance to those with mental illness.

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Some people think it’s hard to learn Braille – the tactile reading method used by the blind.  Others note that the approach we take to teaching braille hasn’t changed in 100 years.

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Have you listened to JAZZED UP AND BONKERS yet? Its part of KFAI’s new Web Exclusive programming.

New Years is a thrilling time for those who want to change their lives. When children catch on to the excitement, parents should make sure their resolutions are appropriate and fun.

Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis; a Montessori preschool program for children aged 16 months to six years old.

Nanci stops by The Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues, and she talked recently with Ron Thums about families and resolutions.

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Ever since Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced he would not run for reelection, it has been a volatile race for mayor of Minneapolis. At least 10 candidates entered the contest. On Saturday, DFL activists gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center to narrow the field by bestowing an endorsement on one candidate, but after thirteen hours of speeches, votes and political drama, the conference ended in a stalemate. KFAI’s Trisha Collopy and Sagirah Shahid were there, and they collaborated to file this report.

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The Nonviolent Peaceforce organization acts as unarmed civilian peacekeepers to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of conflict worldwide. Mel Duncan is co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce and last year he was the recipient of the 2014 Honorary Award from the Hawkinson Foundation. Mel came in to KFAI to speak with Truth To Tell’s Tom O'Connell about this organization.

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Story by Bob Hines

Twelve months after a tornado struck North Minneapolis on May 22, 2011, we checked in with homeowner Jeff Tyson, who has had a year of progress and frustration as he tries to return his home to the condition it was in before the storm arrived.  Tyson talked with KFAI's Bob Hines on the Weekly News. 

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Central Avenue in North East Minneapolis is a bustling corridor lined with businesses that offer a wide variety of services and exotic foods.  There are also some empty storefronts and vacant buildings.    A group of people who live and work in the area are trying to change that through the formation of a cooperative focused on development.   Individuals buy into the co-op and their money is pooled to start projects.  Eighty one members are in the group so far, and last week the North East Investment Co-op announced that it has signed its first purchase agree

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