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The latest draft of a major federal report says climate change is already affecting U.S. residents through heat waves, droughts and other weather events.  The third National Climate Assessment warns that temperatures could increase as much as 10 degrees by the end of this century if global carbon emissions keep soaring.

 

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On Capitol Conversations this week, Marty Owings talked with two members of the state legislature – DFL'er Senator Jeff Hayden representing South Minneapolis, and Republican Represenative Tony Cornish, representing the area south of Mankato.   Hayden and Cornish talked about gun control, the state budget and minimum wage proposals.  

You can see the video here, and listen to the audio below.     

 

 

 

 

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The second annual PFLAG conference, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons, is scheduled for Friday, January 18 at Hamline University in St. Paul.  The focus this time is on bullying in schools, with a special emphasis on school athletics. 

Teachers, social workers, psychologists, parents and students will gather to talk about improving the environment that faces young LGBT athletes. 

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The one hundred and thirteenth Congress is now underway in Washington, and 5th district Representative Keith Ellison has a leadership position in his caucus.  He will serve as Chief Deputy Whip.   Representative Ellison talked with Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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There will be three unusual dinners held at restaurants on University Avenue in St. Paul this month.  They are part of the Stranger Stranger Supper Series.

When you dine in these places on the designated nights, you will be part of a performance.  You might even be a character in the show.  Six members of the general public can volunteer to play roles, and get a free meal as part of the bargain. 

In any case, it sounds like one sure way to have a memorable night out. 

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Marty Owings and former legislator Paul Gardner host two current Republican representatives, Freshman David Fitzsimmons from Albertville, representing district 30b, and veteran representative Mike Beard in his sixth term from Shakopee, representing district 55a.

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Two University of Minnesota professors worked with high school students at the Perpich Center for Arts in Golden Valley as part of a new program that encourages working across disciplines, combining artistic and analytical thinking.
Dance professor Carl Flink and Biochemical Engineering professor David Odde joined the Black Label Movement Company to demonstrate a technique called Bodystorming.

Professor Flink is also the artistic director of Black Label Movement. He and professor Odde talked to KFAI’s Dale Connelly and Siobhan Kierans on the Morning Blend.

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The incoming DFL chair of a House health-care committee says that the unionization of some in-home care workers could be good for them and for the state.

The Star Tribune reports that Representative Tina Liebling of Rochester, who will chair the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee, made the comments at the presentation of a report into the status of personal care assistants.

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The deal cut in Washington to avoid middle class tax increases also extends some tax credits that encourage the development of wind power.   This was one of the issues on the table in the so-called “fiscal cliff” standoff.   The new law will preserve tax credits for wind power projects that start construction in 2013.

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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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