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Dec 18th


McCollum commemorates Earth Day, applauds EPA ruling

Washington, DC –  US Rep.  Betty McCollum (MN-04) is commemorating Earth Day by urging Americans to work together to protect and preserve the planet.  She is also applauding the Obama Administration decision to clear the way for U.S. regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled on April 17th that carbon pollution is a danger to human health and welfare.

MPR, Met Council reach accord on LRT mitigation

After more than three months of discussion, research and testing, Metropolitan Council Chairman Peter Bell and Minnesota Public Radio President Bill Kling announced today that the Met Council and MPR have entered into an agreement to mitigate the impact of light rail transit (LRT) on the MPR Broadcast Center on Cedar Street.

Obama Administration announces new campaign to refocus national attention on the HIV crisis in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC - Every 9 ½ minutes another person in America becomes infected with HIV. Officials from the White House, Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week a new five-year national communication campaign, Act Against AIDS, which highlights this alarming statistic and aims to combat complacency about the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States.

Michelle Obama wows Londoners

(NNPA) -  Stylish hair, clothes and shoes. Buffed arms and an unmistakable air of grace, beauty and poise. They’re all synonymous with first lady Michelle Obama who continues to wow crowds everywhere she goes - and her recent trip to the United Kingdom along with President Barack Obama has been no different.

Al Flowers announces Minneapolis Mayoral run

Al Flowers announces Minneapolis Mayoral runAl Flowers, a longtime community advocate and owner of Best Reflections Daycare in Minneapolis, will formally announce his candidacy for Mayor of Minneapolis, on Thursday, April 9, at 11:00a.m., in Kenny Park, located at1328 West 58th Street, in Minneapolis.  The event is open to the public, with members of the media invited to attend.

Driven to Drive Less in Minnesota

If people drive fewer miles, will policies from zoning to energy change to reflect a shift away from the culture of the car? The latest figures from the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) say miles driven in Minnesota in December 2008 were down 3.3 percent when compared with the year before.

Sen. Pappas a champion for racial justice

The Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP) presented findings last week from the 2008 Minnesota Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity evaluating the Governor and state legislature on key legislation effecting communities of color.

John Hope Franklin, a ‘Mighty Scholar’, brought clarity to Black struggle in America

John Hope Franklin, a ‘Mighty Scholar’, brought clarity to Black struggle in AmericaWASHINGTON (NNPA) – When historian, author, and scholar John Hope Franklin mounted the stage at the Newsmaker of the Year Awards Gala three years ago, he told the members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, “I think that I deserve this reward for reasons you may not know.”

Julian Bond gets NAACP top honor

Julian Bond gets NAACP top honorThe National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Board of Directors announces that its Chairman, Hon. Julian Bond, will be the 94th recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor. Bond will receive the award during the NAACP National Convention in New York City July 16 at the annual Spingarn Dinner as the Association continues celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding.

National Urban League’s The State of Black America® 2009 report shows Black and white equality still needs work

(NEW YORK)  – As the entire country observed the historic election of President Barack Obama amid one of the worst economic crises this nation has ever seen, these are the ‘best of times and the worst of times’ for black America.  The National Urban League, today, released the State of Black America (SOBA) 2009 report which shows that while the entire country is hurting during these tough economic times, African-Americans are disproportionately hurting worse.

McCollum touts $11.6 million in Recovery Act funds for public housing in 4th district

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) today highlighted over $11 million in federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for public housing going to St. Paul, South St. Paul, Dakota and Washington Counties.
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