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Minnesota's 5th district Congressman, Keith Ellison, says he will judge any budget deal that comes out of the talks between Presdient Obama and House Speaker Boehner by which segement of society pays the greatest cost.  "Does it make the most vulnerable and the middle class bear the weight of it, or is it shared among all income classes?", Ellison asks.  The answer to that question will determine his vote.  Congressman Ellison talked with Paul Brohaugh and Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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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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Work on the Central Corridor Light Rail line is on schedule and planners say the 2012 construction season was a success.  The track is in place and the 18 stations are largely built.  It looks like a light rail line now, except for the overhead wires that power the engines and the train cars themselves. 

Laura Baenen is Communications manager for the Central Corridor LRT.  She talked with Dale Connelly and Paul Brohaugh on KFAI's Morning Blend.

 

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The organization “Community Action Against Racism” sponsored a meeting over the weekend to talk about how communities of color are covered in the media. The aim was to start a process for setting standards that news organizations can use as guidelines for equitable reporting.
KFAI was a co-sponsor of the event, along with the Main Street Project.
The keynote speaker was Lissa Jones , host of the program “Urban Agenda” on KMOJ-FM.
A segment of Jones’ speech was featured on KFAI’s Morning Blend.
Here’s the entire address.

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Acclaimed writer Nurrudin Farah is finishing a three year stint at the University of Minnesota with a staged reading of his play, “A Stone Thrown At The Guilty” at Rarig Center at 7:30 pm this coming Friday and Saturday night. In addition to winning many literary awards, Farah is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times and Washington Post. He was featured on KFAI’s Morning Blend and Minneculture in conversation with Zuhur Ahmed, the former host of the KFAI program “Somali Community Link”.

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The National Domestic Workers Alliance issued a report this week called “Home Economics, The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work.”   One of the co-authors is Linda Burnham.  She’s the research director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and she talked with Paul Brohaugh on KFAI's Morning Blend.     Paul asked if there was anything in the report that its authors found surprising.  

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Generation Next is a concerted effort to narrow the achievement gap between white students and children of color and lower income households in our schools.

The effort represents a partnership that brings together leaders from public, non-profit and private stakeholders like the Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools, the University of Minnesota, Target, 3M, and the United Way.

Michael Goar is executive director of Generation Next.  He visited KFAI to talk with Dale Connelly and Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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The advocacy group Environment Minnesota says Minnesota’s current investment in wind energy reduces the kind of pollution that’s connected with climate change.  Wind energy’s reduction in greenhouse gasses is the equivalent of  taking 757,000 cars off the road per year.  Minnesota has also suffered from severe drought this year, and the group says wind power saves enough water to meet the needs of 59,800 Minnesotans.

Michelle Hesterberg of Environment Minnesota stopped by KFAI's Morning Blend to talk with Paul Brohaugh and Dale Connelly. 

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The government entity overseeing construction of the new Vikings stadium, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, is asking the architecture firm designing the stadium to involve businesses owned by women and minoritie.

This is an expected part of any major government construction project once ground is broken, but it’s a little unusual to see it in the design phase. 

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A couple of months ago, Ohio State University student Balpreet Kaur  was surprised to see a photo of herself on Reddit, a social news website. Reddit users post comments and stories under thread categories which range from World News to Technology. Balpreet's photo was posted under Reddit's "Funny" thread and, underneath it, a caption read "I'm not sure what to conclude from this." By the time she saw it, dozens of other users had posted reactions to the photo.

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