General Announcements

Minneapolis held its annual Gay Pride festival last weekend. There was plenty to celebrate and commemorate this year. KFAI’s Anibal Prestan was there.


On Thursday, June 26, 2008, the Center for Victims of Torture commemorated the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Story by Terry Carter

The Metropolitan Council says construction of the Central Corridor light rail line connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul is now half done, and will be 75 per cent finished by the end of the year. The project is on target to finish on time and within budget.

Members of the US House of Representatives recently allocated $20 million from their 2009 budget process to the Central Corridor, the 11-mile light rail link that will connect Minneapolis and St. Paul via Washington and University Avenues. Neighbors and community activists are concerned about the impacts of Central Corridor development on surrounding neighborhoods. KFAI’s Anna Pratt reports.

For those weary of yet another grim story of budget cuts coming to a neighborhood or public institution near you, take heart. Beginning February 8 the downtown Central Library in Minneapolis will be open on Mondays.

The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program has changed the kinds of food available through this program. WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for lower-income and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant and breast feeding women, their infants and young children. For 35 years the WIC food package has included vouchers for milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, infant formula and other items.

A new exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum entitled Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation features contemporary Native North American art from the West, Northwest, and Pacific.

As the state reels from the shock of the I-35W bridge collapse, Minnesotans are also stepping up to the plate by generously offering financial gifts for relief efforts to those affected.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced charges today against former Oh Day Aki Charter School executive director Joel Pourier. He is accused of embezzling $1.4 million from his school. KFAI news director Ahndi Fridell reports.

The Minnesota Association of Charter Schools announced new legislation that will address problems of accountability with charter schools. KFAI’s Anibal Prestan reports.

January 22, 2009