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Wellstone Action’s flagship training program, Camp Wellstone, was developed to continue a legacy of service by former Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone and his family and staff. The program now has over 16,000 graduates, several hundred of whom have successfully become elected officials, according to Wellstone Action.

The US House of Representatives passed a bill today that would provide local communities and states with 19.4 billion dollars to fix sewage problems and water pollution. Representative Betty McCollum of St. Paul spoke to KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell about that bill and other issues facing Congress this week.
03-12-09

Abdirahman Mukhtar is a youth program manager at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis. He testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in Washington, D.C. this morning about missing Somali youth who have been recruited to fight in Somalia. He spoke to KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell on the telephone after his testimony.
March 11, 2009

_A few years ago, Twin Cities resident AbdulAziz Al-Salim was looking for a witty, Muslim-themed t-shirt but all he could find were fairly unimaginative creations. So the 23-year-old started his own company to design and sell shirts with a Muslim point of view.

_Somali immigrants came to the US as refugees and asylees over the past 10 years. Children that arrived here in 1990s know Minnesota as their home. But if they get convicted of a crime – even a minor theft, they could lose their immigration status and get deportation ordered for Somalia.

Minneapolis and U of M officials met at the Oak Street Parking ramp in Minneapolis to introduce the city’s new bike share program. It is intended to give everyone a chance to commute by means of bicycle throughout the Twin Cities. KFAI’s Katey DeCelle reports.

March 10 was the 5th Annual Muslims Day at the Capitol in St. Paul, a day to lobby legislators and encourage participation in the political process. Mukhtar Thakur, a Muslim community activist, was asked to address the crowd as they rallied in the rotunda. Thakur spoke to KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell.

_Figures like Lil Wayne, 50-Cent, and Chingy have become the voices of modern Hip Hop. But Minnesota is home to a more spiritual musical movement that struggles to escape the flashy jewelry, degrading imagery, and violence associated with popular Hip Hop culture.

On February 19th, 2009, KFAI celebrated Black History Month with a special day of Programing. If you missed any of these programs, you can now listen to all of the locally produced programs in the KFAI archives.

View All Black History Month 2009 programming from February 19th here:http://www.kfai.org/archive/02/19/2009

KFAI celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th with a full day of special programming produced by women from the Twin Cities community. Programs will be available for streaming through March 25th . For a complete listing of the archived programs click here:http://www.kfai.org/archive/03/8/2009.

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