General News

  • When Pete Seeger died early this year, his friend Larry Long promised to celebrate what would have been  Pete’s 95th birthday with a cast of local musicians who had felt keenly Seeger’s influence.

    On May 3rd, that group gathered at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

    The event celebrated the many phases of Seeger’s life and activism with an abundance of music from across the cultural spectrum.

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  • University of Minnesota Law School professor and family law expert June Carbone says marriage in its traditional form no longer works effectively for huge sections of the American public.

    In her recently released book “Marriage Markets”, Carbone argues that social inequality has changed the way men and women match up with each other and alters their expectations about each other and the future. 

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  • Tuesday, August 12 is International Youth Day, as declared by the United Nations to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people for full, effective and constructive participation in society.

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  • Each week about fifty oil trains, each carrying more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, pass through Minnesota.  Almost all of them go through the Twin Cities.  This revelation comes from previously confidential reports on the state’s crude-by-rail traffic that were recently obtained by the Star Tribune.
     
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  • Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and police chief Janee Harteau say there will be an independent investigation of an incident where police injured community activist Al Flowers. He was in a violent encounter with police when they came to his home to arrest Flowers’ teenage daughter. Flowers says he asked to see a warrant for her arrest, and a scuffle broke out.

    “Once they attacked, I felt every blow,” Flowers said. “I got stomped.”

    The case is being held up by critics of the Minneapolis police department as evidence of their claim that the force routinely brutalizes residents.
    A group of about fifty people rallied outside the third precinct police station at Lake Street and Minnehaha. KFAI’s Rico Morales was there.

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  • In late July the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities issued a Housing Policy Plan – the first to be presented by the regional agency in almost 30 years. The council will vote on whether or not to adopt the plan this coming November. With publication of the document, a public comment process begins that will include a public hearing on September 15th.

    Libby Starling is the Manager of Regional Policy and Research for the Metropolitan Council. She talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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  • This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    A closing ceremony is scheduled for the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, July 31st at 5pm. Toni Newborn is assistant director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and chair of the closing ceremony. She talked with KFAI’s Xan Holston, who asked why it’s important to remember the anniversary of the passage of a piece of legislation.

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  • The World Cup competition in Brazil is nearing its conclusion with the final game set between Argentina and Germany. In this edition of KFAI’s World Cup Update, Pablo Miranda, co-host of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock, talks with Nik Wilson, a soccer fanatic who, before the World Cup began, picked Argentina and Germany to be in the final.

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  • The Metropolitan Council and the city of Minneapolis have announced a tentative agreement regarding the configuration of the Southwest Light Rail Project.

    The project’s path through the city of Minneapolis has been controversial, and the mediated agreement requires approval from a number of cities and government agencies before construction can begin.

    After the deal was announced yesterday, opponents weighed in as South West Light Rail Train advocates moved quickly to meet deadlines for getting federal money.

    Rico Morales filed this report.

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  • There is a primary election scheduled for August 12th, when Minnesota voters will help narrow the field in statewide and local contests.

    Perhaps the most high-profile primaries are in the Republican Party this year, where multiple candidates are seeking the party’s endorsement to run for Governor and U.S. Senator. In the DFL, one Minneapolis race is drawing lots of attention as Mahamoud (mock-MOOD) Noor challenges long-serving House member Phyllis Kahn.

    August 12th may still seem like a long way off, but primary elections can come and go before you realize you had an opportunity to cast a ballot. But there’s an added wrinkle this election year – all Minnesotans are now able to vote absentee without giving an excuse.

    Anissa Hollingshead is the Elections Outreach Coordinator with the Minneapolis City Clerk’s office. She talked with KFAI’s Xan Holston about how absentee voting has changed.

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