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Story by Charlie Rudoy

Chris Fields is a different sort of Republican.

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

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Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi appears isolated as a number of his cabinet ministers have resigned and people have taken to the streets in Cairo.

The country’s army has issued an ultimatum demanding that political movements settle their differences by the end of the day tomorrow and Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, seems to have no intention of budging.

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Senator Al Franken recently proposed a bill that would make it easy for people to enroll in technical or community college.  The goal is to help close the skills gap and meet the demand for skilled workers in manufacturing companies.Erick Ajax is the owner of a metal stamping and sheet metal fabrication company in Fridley.Last week, Ajax and Senator Franken held a conference call with Twin Cities media to talk about the employment challenges facing Minnesota companies.  Franken started by explaining his reasons f

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Native Minnesotan Alec Soth is a renowned photographer whose large-scale images feature Midwestern subjects, shot in an off-beat way. He recently spent a week traveling through North Dakota, photographing the oil boom to accompany a cover story for the New York Times magazine. KFAI producers Allegra Oxborough and Jemma Brown talked to Alec about the project, and about how he identifies as an artist, journalist and documentarian.

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An Alzheimer’s expert suggests that you stay aware of the state of your own body and mind.

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This week the Alzheimer’s Association released a new report on the disease and the latest statistics revealed that this disabling brain condition is a profound threat to the health of women. The new information debunks some common assumptions about Alzheimer’s, and found that women in their 60’s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as another greatly feared disease – breast cancer.
Debbie Richman is the education and outreach director for the Alzheimer’s Association. She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh.

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