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In late July the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities issued a Housing Policy Plan – the first to be presented by the regional agency in almost 30 years. The council will vote on whether or not to adopt the plan this coming November. With publication of the document, a public comment process begins that will include a public hearing on September 15th.

Libby Starling is the Manager of Regional Policy and Research for the Metropolitan Council. She talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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After months of studies and community input concerning the expansion of the metro light rail, or LRT, into the southwest suburbs, a final decision is expected from the Metropolitan Council today, April 9, 2014. In a preliminary vote last week, an advisory committee recommended the LRT be collocated with the freight train traffic through the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges cast a dissenting vote, maintaining the city’s preference for rerouting freight train traffic through St. Louis Park.

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A new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says water quality in the lakes and streams throughout much of the Mississippi River-Twin Cities watershed is poor.

The cause – industry, housing and roads.

Too much bacteria, too many nutrients and erosion are making life difficult or impossible for life to exist in the waters all around us. Glenn Skuta is Section Manager for the Pollution Control Agency’s Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums, who asked about the overall water quality in the Twin Cities area.

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Michael Ableman, the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture, speaks to KFAI’s Terry Carter about sustainable urban agriculture and a conference this weekend at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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Story by Sanni Brown

Mental illness shows no regard for race, age, gender, education, occupation and economic status. Millions of Americans suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, yet mental illness is often pushed to the side and simply not discussed.
On Monday, June 18th, at the History Theater in St. Paul, a program called “Minds Interrupted” will give six Twin Cities residents a chance to tell their stories of dealing with mental illness – either their own affliction or the illness of someone close.
The event is sponsored by The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota and the Compassionate Touch Network of Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of the presenters is Mariah Carroll Owens. She talked with KFAI’s Sanni Brown on The Takeaway.

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A report issued by the City of Minneapolis tries to explain what leads to crashes between bicycles and cars. This study examined thousands of crash reports over the course of a decade, from 2000 to 2010.

Simon Blenski of the bike and pedestrian section of the Minneapolis Public Works Department wrote the report. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie and Dale Connelly on The Morning Blend.

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The Minneapolis City Council may see some significant changes in the coming election, as incumbents have been challenged strongly by newcomers.  In the city’s 9th ward, neighborhood activist and Minneapolis Public Schools communications staffer Alondra Cano is running against five  other candidates.  She recently sat down with KFAI’s  Janis Lane-Ewart, who asked about the most important issues facing the city.  Cano put educational disparities at the top of her list.

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The future of energy services for the City of Minneapolis has recently come into question. The city’s 20 year energy contracts with its two main providers, Xcel Energy for electricity, and CenterPoint Energy for natural gas, are due to expire at the end of next year. 

Some activists and city leaders are talking about a takeover – having power and gas services overseen and distributed by the city of Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis city council will give the public a chance to weigh in on the issue. KFAI’s Hannah Rank has more.

 

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Minneapolis has earned its first ever “5-park bench rating” from the Trust for Public Land.  The city took first place in the Trust's ParkScore Index, pulling away from last year's winner, San Francisco.

John Erwin is the President of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. John talked about the ahchievement with Siobhan Keirans on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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The City of Minneapolis is looking for get-out-the-vote and voter education help from people who like to make short videos. Anissa Hollinshead and Rebecca Nguyen are with the City Clerk’s office. They stopped by KFAI and talked to Paul Brohaugh about the effort to inspire voters for the November 5th election.

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