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Female-headed households in Minnesota are the most likely type of family configuration to be in poverty. And a persistent wage gap and “occupational clustering” contribute to the poverty that afflicts women and their families.

These are some of the findings of a study of Women’s Economic Security in the state of Minnesota. The report is the work of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Center on Women and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School.

Deb Fitzpatrick is director of the Center on Women and Public Policy. She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on the Morning Blend.

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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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Edison High School Life Skills teacher Chris Pennington is campaigning to win ten thousand dollars. Thee prize is being awarded to The Most Innovative Teacher in America, through a contest called “The Great American Teach-Off”. Pennington has made it to the final round. It’s down to two educators Pennington and Everett Rodriguez, a music teacher at Liberty High School in Glen Daniel West Virginia.

All the voting is done online and there are 4 days left until a winner is declared. Chris Pennington joined Mike Fischbein and Flor Frey on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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The Twin Cities are part of a national effort to eradicate homelessness among veterans sometime during the next two years. Eleven state agencies are working to get to this goal ahead of similar efforts in other participating cities in Ohio and Iowa.
KFAI recently talked with two leaders in Minnesota’s campaign to address this issue – Mikkel Beckmen of Heading Home Hennepin and Cathy ten Broeke, the State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness. ten Broeke talked with KFAI’s Diksha Maurya who asked about the inter-city competition to see to it that our veterans do not live on the street.

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Fighting continues in Egypt.  On August 18th, the Egyptian government admitted that its security forces killed 36 Islamists who were in its custody. 

On August 19th, militants ambushed a police convoy in the northern Sinai region and 24 officers were killed. 

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A member of the Egyptian parliament and a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood is in Minnesota this week. Dr. Abdel Mawgoud Dardery stopped by KFAI and appeared on The Morning Blend.

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Tuesday November 5th at 8pm, KFAI will present live election coverage. Andy Driscoll will host along with Bob Meek at the KFAI studios at Cedar and Riverside in Minneapolis.
Guests will include Mary Turck of the Daily Planet, David Brauer of Minn Post, and Charles Hallman of the Spokesman-Recorder.

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It wasn’t long ago that electric cars were thought to be impractical. They were met with resistance by oil producers and skepticism by political leaders. But things have changed, and now federal and state governments, car manufacturers, and industry leaders are touting alternative energy vehicles as the future of automotive transportation. At a couple of recent Twin Cities events, KFAI’s Allison Osberg found renewed enthusiasm for electric cars, partly in response to new federal mileage standards that were pushed forward by President Obama.

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In a spirited and feisty Fifth Congressional District Debate on KFAI, Democrat Keith Ellison and Republican Chris Fields debated the issues and challenged each other’s integrity.

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Story by Terry Carter

The St. Paul City Council unanimously passed a resolution on June 13th to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would declare that corporations are not people.
The Minneapolis City Council is expected to take up a similar measure. This is part of an effort called “Resolutions Week” where local units of government nationwide are being asked to take a position on the issue of corporate personhood and the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision.
Minnesota’s Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison has been active in the effort to push a Constitutional amendment. He talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter on The Takeaway.

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