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Governor Pawlenty announced in December that Minneapolis needed to make an immediate $13 million budget cut due to the current economic decline. KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell speaks with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak about how the new revised Minneapolis budget will reflect these cuts.

January 7, 2009

The City of Minneapolis has recently been granted a 1.5 million dollar grant to assist prospective home buyers with down payments and closing costs.

Nearly 300 people gathered on Monday at the Capitol rotunda to hear from lawmakers and healthcare professionals on the newest health care proposal. The Minnesota Health Plan advocates for a new universal single-payer health care system.

The plan was explained by state-level author, Senator John Marty. Also in attendance were former DFL senate candidate, Jack Nelson-Pallymeyer and Dr.

The Minnesota North Star Roller Girls are back for another season of fast-paced, high energy entertainment. The new season kicked off on December 27th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. KFAI’s Sarah Lageson stopped by a Roller Girls practice to chat with the team about their sport, their cause and what it takes to keep the league running.

In 2004, St. Olaf College sold its classical radio station WCAL to Minnesota Public Radio. But some listeners are fighting in court to get their old station back. KFAI’s Michael Bracher spoke with Ruth Synthe, who is one of the supporters leading the fight.

Step right this way for a festive night celebrating the Chautauqua Circuit (1874 –1935), a wildly popular national network of traveling lecturers, performing artists, and entertainers.

On KFAI’s MovieTalk show on January 1st, critics Jim Brunzell, Erik McClanahan and Peter Schilling revealed their top 10 film selections (and Jim’s biggest disappointments) for 2008. See if you agree! Listen here:http://uno.kfai.org/_other/Movie_Talk/MT010109.mp3

JIM BRUNZELL
1. WALL*E / dir. Andrew Stanton (USA)
2. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN / dir. Tomas Alfredson (Sweden)
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Be sure and tune in to Rockin in Rhythm this Wednesday January 7th from 6:00 to 9:00 am. Host David Cummings will be starting 2009 off with three hours of the music and humor of the great Steve Allen. Along with the music and comedy there will be interviews with some friends of Mr. Allen, like Gary Owens, June Foray and David Allen.

David Bowie will celebrate his 62nd birthday on January 8th, but I will be celebrating all month long on Across The Board.

Jan 2nd is Featuring…, music featuring Bowie.

Jan 9th is the Bowie birthday celebration when I will take over Voice Cried Softly to bring you 5 HOURS of all Bowie. Requests are warmly welcomed.

On Sunday, January 4th Womenfolk will feature the Top CD’s of 2008 as determined by you!

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