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Early this week the Obama administration announced new Environmental Protection Agency regulations designed to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants by 30 percent by the year 2030.

The regulations confront climate change by limiting the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States – the nation’s more than 600 coal-fired power plants.

The proposal is a draft, open to public comment, and is certain to set off a wave of lobbying from states, industry groups and environmentalists seeking to shape the final version of the rule.

J. Drake Hamilton is the science policy director at Fresh Energy, an organization that advocates for a forward-thinking energy policy. She talked with Ron Thums about the proposed rules, and said this is the second major piece of major environmental action from the Obama administration, following action in the president’s first term to double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks.

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With the Green Line Light Rail Line connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul about to open, Metro Transit has rebuilt its website, metrotransit.org.
The goal was to improve online trip planning and make the site more responsive for people using it through mobile devices.
Adam Mehl is a Market Development Specialist at Metro Transit. He talked with Paul Brohaugh about the recent changes, and how the transit agency is reaching out to users through the Internet. Paul asked Adam to explain what’s new about the website.

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The World Cup is about to begin. Pablo Miranda, the host of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock, is going to get us ready for the competition with a series of conversations focusing on the world of soccer. In this episode Pablo talks to a licensed soccer referee who also happens to be his brother. Listen as they explain why physicist Stephen Hawking is a ballerina, and why it’s difficult but sometimes necessary to give a red card to your own nephew.

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With summer weather comes the outdoor festival season. Every weekend in the Twin Cities there are gatherings in parks and recreation areas organized around culture, food and community.

Just a few weeks ago the 7th annual Eco Arts Festival was held on Harriet Island in St. Paul . KFAI’s Miel Dragun was there, and brought back these voices and sounds of summer.

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Two KFAI producers have received Page One Awards from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists. Last week Susan Gray and Britt Aamodt were honored for their work created as part of KFAI’s Legacy Project from 2013. Susan was recognized for her audio documentary, Second Chances: the Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital and Britt for her short feature on the Socialist opera house in Virginia, Minnesota.

The stories were produced for KFAI as part of its Legacy Project—programming funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Legacy audio documentaries air along with live performances during MinneCulture, every Wednesday at 7:30pm. Susan Gray’s Fergus Falls documentary is being rebroadcast this week, on Wed, June 4. Legacy Project short features are part of the 10,000 Fresh Voices series, and are broadcast during the Morning Blend, weekdays from 6 to 8am.

This year’s award recipients were honored at the annual SPJ banquet, which took place at the Towne & Country Club in St. Paul. Susan Gray and Legacy Project Manager Nancy Sartor were in attendance to accept the awards.

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The World Cup is about to begin. Pablo Miranda, the host of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock, is going to get us ready for the competition with a series of conversations focusing on the world of soccer. In this episode Pablo talks to Gerard Lagos. Lagos was born and raised in Minnesota he made his mark as a member in the United States Youth World Cup team in Saudi Arabia in 1989, helping the US get to 4th place – the highest place ever for a US team in that event.

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The City of Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and other sponsors are exploring a proposal to create a bicycle greenway in North Minneapolis.

The existing South Minneapolis greenway is a successful crosstown path that uses an abandoned rail bed that’s below the level of city streets.

The North Minneapolis proposal is different – running on a north/south axis, the idea is convert some low-traffic residential streets to green space for pedestrians and bicyclists while reducing or eliminating car traffic and parking.

This past Saturday an event was held to introduce the proposed route to area residents, riders, and the general public. KFAI’s Rico Morales spoke with Crissy Lee and others at this event…

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, it’s the cockpit voice recorder docudrama Charlie Victor Romeo.

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On May 29th, 2014 the Metropolitan Council held a public comment meeting for the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line.
At a press conference before the meeting began, and during the public testimony, several speakers urged officials to pay close attention to the LRT as a way to promote economic advancement for the region’s most disadvantaged people.
KFAI’s Rico Morales was there and he filed this report.

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Alan Weisman is an investigative journalist whose latest book, “Countdown”, just won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

He interviewed dozens of scientists, experts and everyday working people in 21 countries to identify and explore the critical issues surrounding our planet’s staggering population explosion.

Alan Weisman talked with KFAI’s Steve Chollar about the book, which he says grew out of four questions he asked at the end of his previous book, the best seller “The World Without Us.”

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