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It's estimated that more than forty thousand people in Minnesota provide home health care for elderly or disabled people.  Some of them have the power to form a union, but fifteen to twenty thousand of these Personal Care Assistants (PCA’s) work under the direction of the person receiving the health care.  And they can’t, by state law, organize or bargain for their wages. 

One of Minnesota’s largest unions wants to change that. 

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This time of year, it’s easy to enjoy the beauty of a Minnesota lake or park. But with Fall well underway, Minnesotans will increasingly retreat to the comforts of home.

But what happens when there is no home to return to?

The Minnesota Housing Partnership released a report last week showing homelessness on the rise in the Twin Cities, and we decided to speak with local agencies about what happens to the homeless population as temperatures continue to drop.

KFAI’s Allegra Oxborough has a report.

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Greg Owen of the Wilder Foundation talks about the latest survey of the Twin Cities homeless population, and Mikkel Beckmen of St. Stephens Human Services discusses his appointment to head the City of Minneapolis Office to End Homelessness and the county’s Heading Home Hennepin program.

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No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live there.  So why not let them decide what businesses set up shop there?  Hoodstarter is a local tech start-up that aggregates community wishlists comprised of specific types of businesses.  So far, suggestions have included everything from "cat cafes" to a neo-soul bar.  Residents can also suggest vacant commercial spaces and get involved in any crowdfunding neccessary to help their idea to take root.  Hoodstarter Co-founder Justin Ley tells KFAI's Ryan Dawes that these ideas help entrepreneurs and real-esta

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Representative Melissa Hortman is the House author of a bill to increase and stabilize transit funding in the Minnesota Legislature.

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Father Shannon Kearns leads the House of the Transfiguration – a congregation of the North American Old Catholic Church, He talks with KFAI’s Trisha Collopy on the Morning Blend.

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A bill to legalize same-sex marriage cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday when key House and Senate committees voted to move it forward. The votes came after a day of sometimes emotional testimony, with a few surprises, at the Capitol. 

KFAI’s Trisha Collopy has the story.

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Minneapolis school board member, businessman and Somali community leader Hussein Samatar was buried on Monday August 26th, within 24 hours of his death from leukemia. The service at the Burnsville Mosque of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota was attended by many of Minnesota’s political leaders, including U.S. Senator Al Franken, Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and State Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius. KFAI’s Dale Connelly filed this report.

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IDEAWERKS Indigenous Creative Comedy teaches youth about music production…

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On Saturday, December 29, shoppers at the Mall of America were treated to a loud public demonstration organized by an activist group called “Idle No More”. 

The event was organized through social media to call attention to issues around native American land rights in Canada.  KFAI’s Dixie Triechel has a report. 

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