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Not behind bars, but still barred from voting: Restoring the Vote for MN Felon Probationers

Not behind bars, but still barred from voting: Restoring the Vote for MN Felon ProbationersST. PAUL, Minn. - As voters prepare to head to the polls next month, a campaign is underway to restore voting privileges for some 50,000 Minnesotans who have been in trouble with the law.
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The passing of a legend – pioneer entrepreneur, philanthropist, and trailblazer Comer J. Cottrell, Jr. dies at 82

The passing of a legend – pioneer entrepreneur, philanthropist, and trailblazer Comer J. Cottrell, Jr. dies at 82Plano, TX (BlackNews.com) -- Pioneer entrepreneur, philanthropist and trailblazer Comer J. Cottrell, Jr., one of the country's most prolific African-American businessmen, died Friday, Oct. 3 at the age 82 at his Plano, Texas residence.
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Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison, Walz announce Minnesota researchers to receive over $1.6 million as Part of the NIH "BRAIN" Initiative

Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison, Walz announce Minnesota researchers to receive over $1.6 million as Part of the NIH The "BRAIN" Initiative is a national research effort to map the human brain in hopes of finding new ways to prevent and cure brain disorders
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What do pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and disaster responders in the Caribbean have in common?¨

What do pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and disaster responders in the Caribbean have in common?¨Since protests erupted a few weeks ago in Hong Kong we've seen reports that protesters advocating for greater input in upcoming elections, have begun using a new mobile app called Firechat. Launched in March 2014, Firechat allows users to communicate with each other both AND offline. We recently had occasion to discuss potential for use of Firechat in the circum-Caribbean in a workshop we conducted entitled ¨Off The Grid: Community Based Approaches to Disaster Response and Preparedness using Technology¨. The workshop was part of the Caribbean Youth Exchange for Climate Resilience held on October 19 at City College-City University of New York.
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Frank Dogbe of SOS Building Services

Frank Dogbe of SOS Building ServicesFrank Dogbe gives most of his new employees from West Africa a one-year promise.

Dogbe, founder and owner of SOS Building Services, a business that cleans commercial and office buildings, hires immigrants fresh from Africa and gives them one year to show him that they're well on their way to learning English or that they're working toward their GED.
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Nekima Levy-Pounds

Nekima Levy-PoundsRecently, attorney, professor and civil rights advocate Nekima Levy-Pounds was a guest on KFAI's "Conversations with Al McFarlane." Here is a transcript of their conversation.
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Revel Spirits: Twin Cities natives making a splash in the ultra-premium spirits market

Revel Spirits: Twin Cities natives making a splash in the ultra-premium spirits marketWhen the person voted 2014 Twin Cities Best Bartender sings your praises, you launch your product at the exclusive Dakota Jazz Club and the owner of the area's largest liquor distributor is on hand, you're probably onto something pretty special.
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Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Kenny Anthony keynotes The 16th Annual Eric Williams Memorial Lecture

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Kenny Anthony keynotes The 16th Annual Eric Williams Memorial LectureMIAMI, FL. — The 16th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University's Modesto Maidique Campus (11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida) will take place at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
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World Bank in bid to put Lagos water in private hands

World Bank in bid to put Lagos water in private handsOct. 6 (GIN) – As Detroit fights to end a punishing wave of water shutoffs sparked by a payment crisis six years in the making, a bid by the World Bank could put Lagos, Nigeria, in similar straits.
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Violence on the rise in former Hutu-Tutsi battleground

Violence on the rise in former Hutu-Tutsi battlegroundOct. 6 (GIN) – Fears are growing that the Central African nation of Burundi is sliding back into a battlefield as the country heads into an election cycle in 2015.
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Kenya Prez steps down to face crimes against humanity charge

Kenya Prez steps down to face crimes against humanity chargeOct. 6 (GIN) – After failing to win further delays in a hearing of serious charges against him, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced he would temporarily step down as president of Kenya and face the court.
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