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Saturday, January 12

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“Minnesota e-cycling law brings manufacturers together”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8892
by Tom Elko, Minnesota Monitor
Major electronics manufacturers are banding together to comply with Minnesota’s new electronic recycling law. On May 8, 2007, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed into law the Electronics Recycling Act requiring manufacturers of video display devices such as televisions, computer monitors, and laptop computers to recycle 60 percent of the volume of their sales during 2007-2008, and 80 percent thereafter.

“Political inactivity holding African Americans back”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8879
by Vickie Evans-Nash, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
An interview with retiring State Rep. Neva Walker

“Stir-Fried Pop Culture”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8916
by Song Vang, TC Daily Planet
Stir-Fried Pop Culture is an intelligent and comical play about the stereotypes and identity issues Hmong-Americans face. Writer May Lee-Yang cleverly explores the fluidity of culture and the complications of assimilation through a series of five vignettes.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

“Local Kenyans denounce violence”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8878
by Ndze Ntuv Evaristus Tunka, African News Journal
Many in Kenya and the international community are questioning Mwai Kibaki’s brisk inauguration as Kenya’s President despite massive protests from the main opposition led by Raila Odinga and foreign election observers. The results of elections have been described as fraudulent, unfair, and not descriptive of the will of the Kenyan people. Kibaki’s swearing in for a second term has sparked riots and violence that has seen a death toll of over 300, and at least 180,000 people displaced due to the growing violence.

“City Council adopts mayor’s 2008 budget”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8874
by Liz Riggs, The Bridge
In mid-December, the Minneapolis City Council voted overwhelmingly to adopt the mayor’s recommended $1.4 billion budget for 2008. Included in the package is $200 million for public safety programs, an attempt Mayor R.T. Rybak called, in a press release, a ‘common sense’ way to address crime and public safety.

“Audubon neighborhood considers future, identity in master plan”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8858
by Dan Haugen, TC Daily Planet
Architects for the Aubudon Neighborhood Association unveiled a rough draft Monday of a neighborhood master plan, which aims to improve housing stock, increase density in selected areas, and hopefully lend a boost to its commercial nodes.

NEW IN VOICES

“Government revenues decline”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8911
By Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020
Government in Minnesota is shrinking, but not as one would expect. After adjusting for inflation in the price of government purchases, total per capita state and local government revenue in Minnesota has declined by 2.9 percent from fiscal year 2003 to 2008.

NEW IN BLOGS

“Agitu Wodajo: Advocate for women in Ethiopia and Minnesota”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8899
by Farrah Yusuf and Sacdi Mohamed, New Minnesotan

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