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In an open letter to the community, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges acknowledged that some of the city's police officers have abused their power, and she promised to repair the department’s reputation as a cornerstone of her administration.

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The shape of the Minnesota Vikings stadium is beginning to rise above the construction pit on the east side of downtown Minneapolis.  The building will feature enormous transparent surfaces to let people inside the stadium see the downtown skyline, and to let those outside feel some of the excitement of what’s going on inside. 

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Neal Karlen talked about his book with Brenda Bell Brown on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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Andy Steiner covers mental health and addiction for Minn Post, so she’s regularly in contact with people who are struggling with some of the most powerful challenges humans face. She’s written a book called How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People. It offers dozens of true stories about survival, ranging from living with chronic illness to climbing free from debt and unemployment.

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When buying gas for your car, you tend to get a sense for the price of oil.  We all know when it rises and falls and many of us have an understanding of the environmental cost of burning oil too.

But what does it cost, financially, emotionally and socially, to inherit oil? 

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A major study of autism in Minnesota was released this week. Researchers found that Somali and White children in Minneapolis were about equally likely to be identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, also known as ASD. But those two groups were more likely to have ASD than Latino children or non-Somali Black children. The results provide some vindication for Somali people who have said autism is a serious problem in their community.
Amira Adawe is one of the researchers who worked on the study, and Amy Hewitt is the study’s primary investigator. They talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein, who asked if it’s accurate to say that the question raises more questions than it answers.

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The History Theater presents “Baby Case,” a musical about the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby. Gary Briggle is in the cast. He’s a versatile director, singer, actor and teacher. Gary spoke about the play with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.

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Some Dakota County law enforcement officials have joined with a national organization called “Fight Crime – Invest in Kids” to support new federal spending that would expand preschool options nationwide.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom was part of an event yesterday in Hastings that called attention to a new study. The research claims Minnesota would save millions if President Obama’s ten-year, seventy-five billion dollar early education measure is passed.
James Backstrom talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on The Morning Blend.

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When you dream about the great jobs you don’t have but wish you did, have you ever considered being a professional ballroom dancer?

Yes, there are people who do that.  Many of them are in Columbus, Ohio this weekend for the Ohio Star Ball, a competitive festival of dance sport. 

One of them is Jon Chen, a professional ballroom dancer.  He talked with KFAI’s Mark Koerner, who asked Jon how he got into the business.   

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A couple of months ago, Ohio State University student Balpreet Kaur  was surprised to see a photo of herself on Reddit, a social news website. Reddit users post comments and stories under thread categories which range from World News to Technology. Balpreet's photo was posted under Reddit's "Funny" thread and, underneath it, a caption read "I'm not sure what to conclude from this." By the time she saw it, dozens of other users had posted reactions to the photo.

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