Recent News

  • Many cities and neighborhoods across the nation are suffering from the ill effects of record levels of foreclosed and vacant homes. The city of Minneapolis is no stranger to this problem and is leading the charge to reclaim these properties with an innovative program that helps put responsible buyers into these properties.

  • House Democrats passed a budget resolution last week that projects to cut the $1.8 trillion dollar US deficit to $586 billion by 2013. 4th District Congresswoman Betty McCollum spoke to KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell about the Budget resolution for fiscal year 2010, which begins October 1st.

  • Sri Lanka’s civil war is heating up as the government’s military closes in on the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group that supports a separate state for the minority Tamil population. Protestors at the Minnesota State Capitol last week called for a cease fire, saying the Sri Lankan military is committing genocide against innocent trapped Sri Lankan civilians.

  • Democratic candidate Al Franken expanded his lead in the five-month-old US Senate race. Franken’s lead over Republican Norm Coleman grew to 312 votes today after a court counted 351 absentee ballots that had been incorrectly rejected. Franken held a 225 vote lead heading into today’s count.

  • Is Hennepin Avenue a mean street? Mitch Pearlstein, founder and President of the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative policy organization, caused a minor outrage last week when he published an editorial in the Star Tribune.

  • As the budget battle at the State Capitol continues, tensions are rising and the rhetoric is escalating.

    A 200 million dollar bonding bill passed almost unanimously, but another measure which would have capped art spending for state buildings at 100,000 dollars sparked controversy. KFAI’s Marty Owings reports.


  • Recently, 40 instruments were donated to Anthony Middle School in Minneapolis as a part of a presentation hosted by Vega Productions, a local nonprofit that works to rebuild public school’s music programs. The presentation included a performance from Southwest High School band students.

  • 5th District Representative Keith Ellison left for a trade mission to Saudi Arabia with the Minnesota trade office and 11 Minnesota companies looking to expand business opportunities in the Gulf region.

  • On Saturday, Northeast Minneapolis community activist Kevin Reich easily won the DFL endorsement for the Ward 1 City Council seat, giving him a serious boost for the November runoff election. All four candidates vying for the seat live in the same precinct – an apparent hotbed of political activism in the Northeast corner of the City. KFAI’s Elena Erofeeva reports.

  • Minneapolis banjo player, songwriter, and champion of acoustic music, Mother Banjo, joins Pam on KFAI Tuesday morning to talk about her upcoming full-length release, and curating the John Prine showcase Friday, April 10th, at the 331 Club. Friday’s event will be the second annual Big Fat Love tribute to John Prine.