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Thousands of plastic toys suspected of containing lead were recalled in 2007. In response to the recall, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was signed a year later by President Bush. The act intended to implement stringent safety regulations for toys.

In his weekly KFAI update, 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison noted that he helped the House of Representatives pass a bill that allows bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of troubled homeowners’ mortgages. The bill dealt the financial industry a significant blow.

A coalition of civil rights advocacy groups recently put out a statement against Mayor R. T Rybak’s proposal to close the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department and let the state take over its cases.

Steve Aschburner and Doug Grow, both former columnists at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, will be guest DJ’s on the Good Noise Show, Monday, March 9th. Steve & Doug will program the music and discuss the present and future of newspapers, journalism and whatever else is on their minds.

V-Day is a four-day event to stop violence against women and girls locally and internationally. The highlight of this year’s event is a concert and the annual production of the Vagina Monologues beginning Thursday, March 5. KFAI’s Lydia Howell has more.

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Clint Eastwood’s film, Gran Torino, wowed movie goers and the Hmong community alike, by touting a large cast of new Hmong actors. Will Wright caught up with some of the stars, though not Clint Eastwood, to talk about what the film means to the Hmong community and their stories.

3-4-2009

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With the recent surprise announcement that St. Paul Schools Superintendent, Maria Carstarphen, is leaving for Austin, Texas at the end of the school year, the school board has to search for a new leader. This is the district’s third superintendent search in ten years. KFAI’s Anibal Prestan reports.

3-4-2009

Last April President Bush signed the Second Chance Act, a law which seeks to improve the lives of former inmates following the completion of their sentences. Several Minnesota state legislators introduced bills this session that address the obstacles former inmates face when looking for housing and jobs.

Federal stimulus money from Washington provides some relief for Minnesota’s deficit problems. The deficit would be 6.4 billion dollars, but thanks to the federal stimulus, Minnesota’s deficit is now only 4.57 billion dollars. The federal help eases some of Minnesota’s fiscal troubles, but still leaves state legislators with the problem of how to lessen Minnesota’s debt.

Last week, Minnesota legislators held town hall meetings all over the state of Minnesota to hear what citizens had to say about the forecasted $5 billion budget deficit. The hearings were packed with citizens who had plenty of concerns to share with their legislators. KFAI’s Sara Abdelaal brings the highlights from one of the meetings in Minneapolis.

3/2/09

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