General News

  •  

    The incoming DFL chair of a House health-care committee says that the unionization of some in-home care workers could be good for them and for the state.

    The Star Tribune reports that Representative Tina Liebling of Rochester, who will chair the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee, made the comments at the presentation of a report into the status of personal care assistants.

    Filed in: 
  •  

    The deal cut in Washington to avoid middle class tax increases also extends some tax credits that encourage the development of wind power.   This was one of the issues on the table in the so-called “fiscal cliff” standoff.   The new law will preserve tax credits for wind power projects that start construction in 2013.

    Filed in: 
  •  

    On Saturday, December 29, shoppers at the Mall of America were treated to a loud public demonstration organized by an activist group called “Idle No More”. 

    The event was organized through social media to call attention to issues around native American land rights in Canada.  KFAI’s Dixie Triechel has a report. 

    Filed in: 
  •  

    Lorna Landvik is an author, playwright, comedian, improv artist, mother, wife, dog owner, thumb wrestler, tongue twister specialist.   A multi-talented person needs a stage to express all of those abilities, and in the month of January she’s getting one.  Lorna will do a one woman show on Friday and Saturday nights from January 4th through January 26th at the Bryant Lake Bowl – 7pm each night.   She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked why she felt a need to add a stage show to her other creative work. 

    Filed in: 
  • Start your New Year’s Eve with a review of all the madness in our political and public policy arenas when comedian and writer Lizz Winstead stops by “Pam Without Boundaries” Monday morning. Winstead is a no-holds-barred political satirist who views policy-makers and the media that love them through a progressive lens and she’s back in town for her annual review at The Parkway Theater. This year it’s “The Long and Binding Road,” in which Winstead takes you through the year starting with the general election and reminding us how we all got there

    Filed in: 
  • At this time of year we often pause to focus on the problems of hunger and poverty.  Years ago, the so-called “Green Revolution” increased agriculture production around the world, saving many lives. 

     

    Filed in: 
  •  

    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.

     

    Filed in: 
  • December 26, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the largest mass hanging in U.S. history. 

    The executions happened in Mankato, Minnesota at the order of President Abraham Lincoln.  In 1862 the president commuted the death sentences of hundreds of Dakota who had been rounded up following weeks of fighting and killing between Native people and white settlers along the Minnesota River.  The president let 38 death sentences stand. 

    Filed in: 
  • Minnesota’s Revenue Commissioner, Myron Frans, has been traveling around the state for much of the past year, carrying a three legged stool as a prop while he gives a presentation on our tax system.   If it sounds like a big night out, you could be right.  Tax policy is going to be a major issue during the coming legislative session in St. Paul. 

    Tonight (December 19, 2012),  Commissioner Frans will hold a tax reform town hall meeting in St. Paul at the Northdale Recreation Center at 14 14 St. Albans Street North at 7pm. 

    Filed in: 
  •  

     

    The Chicago office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced the launch of “My Jihad”.  It’s an educational initiative that seeks to share the proper meaning of jihad as it is believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims around the world.   

    Filed in: 

Pages