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The Interchange” – a public space and transportation hub in downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin explains the concept.

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It wasn’t long ago that electric cars were thought to be impractical. They were met with resistance by oil producers and skepticism by political leaders. But things have changed, and now federal and state governments, car manufacturers, and industry leaders are touting alternative energy vehicles as the future of automotive transportation. At a couple of recent Twin Cities events, KFAI’s Allison Osberg found renewed enthusiasm for electric cars, partly in response to new federal mileage standards that were pushed forward by President Obama.

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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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Minnesota will soon host four thousand teachers from all across the nation. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will hold its 12th annual convention June 19th – 22nd in Minneapolis.
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are allowed to be more innovative while being held accountable for student achievement. While charter schools may seem like a new idea to some, they’ve been a feature of the education scene for 20 years now, and over 2 million students are enrolled. The National Alliance advocates for charter schools and just named a new Chief Executive . Nina Rees will be formally introduced at the convention in Minneapolis . She talked with Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi on KFAI’s Weekly News.

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Story by Eric Blom, Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

Last spring, the Minneapolis City Council amended a zoning code to allow commercial agriculture in the city.
KFAI’s Eric Blom talked to members of Stones Throw Urban Farm and Project Sweetie Pie about how this growing movement is feeding communities and teaching valuable life skills.
And Project Sweetie’s Michael Chaney stopped by the KFAI Weekly news to talk with Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi.

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Story by Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

Over the last three decades, more than 93,000 refugees have come to Minnesota. Refugees have been resettling in Minnesota in large numbers since the mid-1990s. Minnesota has become home to some of the largest communities of Hmong, Somali and Liberians in the United States. Saturday, June 16th at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, World Refugee Day will be celebrated with entertainment, food and education.
Two of the honorary chairpeople for the event are Mohammed Meran Ahmed and Fatuma Elmi.

Mohammed Meran Ahmed was born and raised in Iraq and lived through multiple wars and hardships. He is trained as an aircraft engineer, and now makes his home in Minnesota.

Fatuma Elmi was born in Somalia where the collapse of the government in the early 90’s made it necessary for many Somali people to find homes elsewhere. Though she had a good education and had worked for an oil company in the United Arab Emirates, she took a housekeeping job at a Minneapolis hotel to make ends meet. She has worked with other refugees for 17 years through Lutheran Social Services.

Chairpersons Ahmed and Elmi appeared on KFAI’s Weekly News.

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Story by Terry Carter

The St. Paul City Council unanimously passed a resolution on June 13th to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would declare that corporations are not people.
The Minneapolis City Council is expected to take up a similar measure. This is part of an effort called “Resolutions Week” where local units of government nationwide are being asked to take a position on the issue of corporate personhood and the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision.
Minnesota’s Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison has been active in the effort to push a Constitutional amendment. He talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter on The Takeaway.

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Walker Community United Methodist Church was destroyed by fire on Sunday, May 27th.
The next day, church members, neighbors and frequent church visitors gathered to plan for the future.
KFAI’s Libby Donohue has a report.

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Story by Bob Hines

Heading Home Hennepin is a 10 year plan to end homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The effort, launched in 2006, is built around an unprecedented level of cooperation by government, business, nonprofits, faith and philanthropic communities, and homeless and formerly homeless citizens.

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Story by Bob Hines

Twelve months after a tornado struck North Minneapolis on May 22, 2011, we checked in with homeowner Jeff Tyson, who has had a year of progress and frustration as he tries to return his home to the condition it was in before the storm arrived.  Tyson talked with KFAI's Bob Hines on the Weekly News. 

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