General News

Friday was the last official day of KFAI’s Spring Membership Drive.

We’re grateful for the contributions of devoted listeners over the last 10 days and the studio is full of love at the end of “Crap From the Past.”

Thanks to every listener who responded to the call. Our goal of $91,000 is still in place and it’s not too late to join KFAI. Listeners support independent, eclectic, creative, intelligent programming. Even on Friday nights. By the time Simon started “True Brit,” donors had given $65,800. Join the 773 wonderful members who keep us on the air by clicking the “Donate to KFAI” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Thank you!

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The number of juvenile sex trafficking investigations conducted by the Minneapolis Police Department has tripled in recent years, from 8 cases in 2008 to 24 cases in 2013. A press conference was held at City Hall in connection with a new study of the 'business' of juvenile sex trafficking in Minneapolis.    The study is the work of Lauren Martin, director of research for the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), and Alexandra Pierce, president of Othayonih Research.

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Summit Academy OIC has been chosen by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to be the Employment Assistance Firm for the construction of the Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. This means Summit Academy is going to identify qualified workers to help the project meet its goals of employing a diverse workforce.
Louis King is CEO of Summit Academy OIC. He talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on The Morning Blend.

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Join us at “KFAI ROCKS”, our post-pledge rock benefit concert. Some of the Twin Cities hardest and most legendary rockers are donating their time and talents to help us raise funds for the station. Performers include The Mighty Mofos, Curtiss A & Dark Click, Gini Dodds, the Oddfathers, and Fret Rattles. The party takes place Sunday, April 14th from 2:30-7:30 (doors open at 2:00) at The Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul.

Always an entertaining performer, Curtiss A is…

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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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Taking it to the STREETS, RONDO DAYS REMOTE BROADCAST

July 20th, 9AM-1:30 PM (Mostly Jazz, Rhythm and Grooves, & Collective Eye)

Tavis Smiley Exclusive Interview – The Lennie Chism Show for KFAI Radio’s Special Day of Black History Month Programming
Built Right in Da HOOD, Character, A Conversation with Tavis Smiley
American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist- TUNE In Feb 18th, 8am
Why do they put the dash? You will have to tune to find out.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/about/

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Artistic director Michelle Hensley and actor Luverne Seifert visit KFAI.

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The huge storm that knocked down trees and cut power for thousands of Minnesotans continues to have an effect on our day-to-day lives.A vast majority have their power back on, but Xcel energy reports that there are still customers in the dark.In Minneapolis, residents can bring brush to the curb for pickup, with branches cut in lengths shorter than three feet and bound together in bundles using twine.  Meanwhile, city staffers have been on the lookout for trees that have been weakened by the storm.

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Three year old Terrell Mayes was killed by a random gunshot in December of 2011.
His family is still looking for closure, and his mother Marsha Mayes has become an advocate for confronting violence among young Minnesotans.
Marsha Mayes and national Mad Dads president V.J. Smith appeared on the KFAI Weekly News, to talk about their shared goals.

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