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Merrill Anderson has run a public relations business and a driving school. He ran for the state legislature and the city council in Minneapolis back in the ‘60’s, and now in his 70’s, has returned to politics.
Merrill Anderson talked with KFAI’s Cynthia Montana and told her why he wants to be mayor.

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A coalition of young voters, led by two youth workers, organized a forum featuring the candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis.  The goal was to insist that the people who want to lead the city address the issue of racial inequality. 

KFAI's Trisha Collopy attended the forum on Thursday, June 6th.  She talked with KFAI's Brenda Bell Brown on the Morning Blend.  

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to relax rules that govern the ownership of media in this country.  Right now, a single company cannot own both a TV broadcast station and a newspaper in the same market.  The change would allow newspapers to own radio and TV stations, a move opposed some advocates of minority ownership of media entities. 

The FCC was supposed to vote on this in December but didn’t.  They’re scheduled to take it up again next year – leaving more time for comment.

 

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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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This Saturday, February 7, some of the Twin Cities most esteemed rockers are performing a "Benefits with Friends" show to support KFAI. Legendary musician Michael Yonkers, who has collaborated with the Blind Shake, returns after a three-year hiatus to showcase new songs. The Mighty Mofos, Flamin’ Ohs and X-Boys will also be on stage in what's sure to be a blistering night. DJ Danny Sigelman kicks thing off at 7 pm, and live music starts at 8 pm. The show is hosted by Cyn Collins and Ian Rans.

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Election Day 2014 was sleepier than most. The election issued in a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, but national voter turnout and overall political engagement among voters was notably low.

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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