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KFAI’s Morning Blend presented a collection of opinions on the marriage bill approved on Thursday by the Minnesota House. Christina Cerruti talked with people outside the House Chamber.

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This is National School Choice week, organized to promote the idea that in many places around the country, especially Minnesota, students and their families have some flexibility in where they get their education. 

Minnesota Online High School announced last week that it has received national accreditation by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.  That makes it one of two accredited online charter schools in Minnesota.

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The Children’s Defense Fund recently put out their 2013 Child Well-Being report. The report ranks the well-being of children in all 50 U.S. states based on health care, education and many other factors. The Report ranks Minnesota at number 4 on the list. Elaine Cunningham the Interim Director of Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota and Stephanie Hogenson, the organization’s outreach specialist recently spoke with KFAI’s Terry Carter on the Morning Blend. Terry asked the question… What are we doing right?

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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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May 24th is Independence Day in the African nation of Eritrea.  Twenty four years ago Eritrea ended a long war with neighboring Ethiopia to gain its self-determination.  

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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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Earlier this year, Minnesota United soccer fans in Minneapolis rejoiced at the prospect of a Major League Soccer stadium slated for a site near the North Loop.  However, team owner Bill McGuire has recently begun looking elsewhere as Minneapolis city officials have been so far unwilling to offer tax breaks similar to what were offered to the Vikings.  KFAI's Ryan Dawes spoke with soccer writer and podcaster Wes Burdine, who's covered these developments for Northern Pitch and the

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