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Former Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, spoke with KFAI’s Rico Morales about a task force report on the Minnesota State Sex Offender Program. The task force report and a federal judge’s ruling have created a sense of urgency for the Minnesota Legislature to address the way Minnesota treats sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences, but are considered too dangerous to release.

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Labor Day means teachers and students are returning to school. 

Last May, the teacher’s union, Education Minnesota, named a new “Teacher of the Year.”   There were well over 100 candidates for the honor from the  ranks of the 70 thousand member union.

The winner was Thomas Rademacher,  who teachers English at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resources School in Downtown Minneapolis.

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An American citizen who graduated from the University of Minnesota is being held in prison in the United Arab Emirates for doing something that seems inconsequential in the United States – Shez Cassim posted a satirical video to You Tube. For that act, he’s been in jail since last April.
KFAI’s Christina Cerruti reports that Cassim’s family and Human Rights activists have called for his release, citing human rights treaties adopted by the United Nations.

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The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors will do a makeover on a North Minneapolis home this weekend.

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During the recent economic downturn, people in the construction industry suffered.  But now that there are some encouraging economic signs, major building projects have sprung up in Minneapolis and St. Paul.   In the midst of this new activity, the  Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Association of  Minority Contractors is looking forward with optimism and planning an annual charity makeover vent.

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Since 1957, the Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice has tackled many issues in Minnesota’s criminal justice system to advocate within the system and reduce the overall impact and consequences of a criminal record. The Council on Crime and Justice and the MN Second Chance Coalition has joined hundreds of former offenders and their supporters to address the disenfranchisement of those who want to vote, find jobs, housing, and other issues.

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Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders return home this week after a phenomenal performance at the 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, where the band made it to the semi-final round. Tonight, MinneCulture presents an encore performance of Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders, recorded at Harriet Brewing’s Tap Room and produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. To learn more about Crankshaft, visit crankshaftmusic.com.

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A few weeks ago, Alberto Monserrate announced he will step down from the Minneapolis School Board after serving one term. As a private citizen, Monserrate has balanced his public service with the demands of wide-ranging business interests – running a Latino-oriented media company that has expanded into advertising, public relations, and even fashion. Meanwhile, the Minneapolis schools face significant issues that include student achievement, assessment, funding, and equal treatment. Monserrate told KFAI’s Rico Morales that after chairing the board for two years he decided to spend this last year on the board focusing on the issues that led him to run for office in the first place.

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KFAI’s Stacie Robinson talks with DNR moose researcher Erika Butler and moose research supporter Robin Johnson.

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After Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential contest last fall, observers are wondering what the future will hold for Mormons in politics. KFAI’s Jemma Brown went to Salt Lake City to find out.

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