General Announcements

The trial of CeCe McDonald started and came to an abrupt end when McDonald accepted a plea bargain. McDonald, an African American transgender woman, was accused of murder in the death of Dean Schmitz in June of 2011. He was stabbed as part of a fight that erupted outside the Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis.

Story by Brad Allen, Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce presented its 4th Annual Business Vitality Index recently – it’s a measure of the Twin Cities business climate compared to 8 similar sized metro areas around the country.

Story by Marty Owings & Ahndi Fridell

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Story by Nathan Jones

Spring is here, and if you pay attention you might see some furry fliers around your porch light tonight after a long winter hibernation. But hibernating bats are under threat from a mysterious disease that could lead to their extinction.

Story by Michelle Alimoradi

The Soap Factory in Minneapolis will host an art exhibit that’s described as “a performance installation.” Amber Ginsburg and Joseph Madrigal are planning to return the factory to a site of industrial production, re-creating an assembly line for dummy test bombs like ones that were manufactured during World War One.

Story by Michelle Alimoradi

The different behaviors that we call “Autism” present a confounding puzzle that doctors, scientists and families are desperate to solve. Children who are delayed in learning to speak and those who don’t make eye contact and are socially withdrawn might be diagnosed with autism, or not. There are many ways autism is expressed.

Story by Lia Morone

An organization in Minneapolis hosts a bi-monthly event to introduce people to the idea of peaceful conflict resolution using volunteer mediators. One of KFAI’s volunteers, Lia Morone, attended the Conflict Resolution Center’s Taste of Mediation to find out more.

Story by Marty Owings and Ahndi Fridell

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Story by Bob Hines, Michelle Alimoradi and Marty Owings

Republican leaders of the Minnesota Legislature want the session to finish up early. They’re planning to conclude business at the end of April. But rather than getting traction to push towards that optimistic goal, this week it seemed like the wheels were spinning.

Story by Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi

The Republican Party has selected a candidate to run against Minnesota 5th district congressman, Keith Ellison. His name is Chris Fields and he is not a typical Minnesota Republican candidate.