General News

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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During the summer of 2012 students in KFAI’s Youth News Initiative program produced radio pieces about stories important to them. The topics ranged from stop and frisk policies in Minneapolis to a male perspective on abortion. Students produced their pieces with the help of YNI supervisors Dale Connelly and Emily Krumberger and their individual mentors.

 

Obama Administration Calls for Rules Changes

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Story by Charlie Rudoy

Chris Fields is a different sort of Republican.

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A group of singers connected to the National Lutheran Choir wants to start a month-long Fringe Festival-like event built around singing, called The Northern Voice Festival.

They’re seeking proposals for Voice events that would be included in the festival from April 10 to May 10. The deadline for proposals is December 22.

Northern Voice executive producer Randall Davidson talked with KFAI’s Ryan Dawes during Tuesday's Morning Blend.

 

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Minneapolis will elect a city council this fall.  This time around, some of the incumbents have faced strong challenges from newcomers.  In the city’s sixth ward, Abdi Warsame took the DFL endorsement from sitting council member Robert Lilligren, who has said he will still run for the office.

Abdi Warsame talked with KFAI’s Lennie Chism about why he is running for City Council.

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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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Members of Minneapolis’ American Indian Community staged a demonstration outside the Metrodome last night as the Vikings played the Washington Redskins.
At issue is the Washington team’s name and mascot. KFAI’s Allison Herrera filed this report.

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The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council has approved a regional housing policy plan - the first such plan to be adopted in 30 years.  

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Daniel Wordsworth the President of the American Refugee Committee joins us in the studio.

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