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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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Recently, a group of lawyers and community service organizations gathered at Waite House in South Minneapolis to discuss President Obama’s new Executive Orders regarding immigration reform. Many of the attendees had questions about permanent residency in the United States, and one important message of the meeting was a word of caution.

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This past Saturday, many people gathered in downtown Minneapolis to express their frustration that Congress has not been able to pass an Immigration Reform Bill.
At least twenty five organizations were represented at the rally. KFAI’s Josefina Catalan was there, and she filed this report.

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At a recent meeting of the Arab League, the emir of Kuwait said the United Nations Security Council must do more to solve the conflict in Syria, arguing that it now “threatens the security and stability of the world.”
Last month, top U.N. officials said that as Syria’s grinding conflict enters its fourth year, Syrians are set to replace Afghans as the world’s largest refugee population.
Millions have fled the fighting. At least one million refugees are in camps in neighboring Lebanon. Many others are in Jordan, but not all live in official settlements.
Some manage to find housing in Amman, where they wait for a peace that seems quite distant. With assistance from Afnan Al Wahsh, KFAI’s Erin Luhmann filed this report.

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