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Minneapolis approves $15.4-Million Foreclosure Plan with Economic-Recovery Funds

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak last week approved a spending plan passed by the City Council to use $15,424,156 in federal Neighborhood Stabilization funds to continue work underway to stabilize and rebuild communities heavily affected by mortgage foreclosures. The funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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African Chamber of Commerce asking the State to enforce strict rules and regulations for a growing number of third-party collectors who are not licensed in the state of Minnesota

African immigrants are facing unprecedented financial hardships due to the lack of consumer protection education. One critical problem they are experiencing is how to deal with collectors and creditors. Other issues are of sub-prime lending, unsecured loans and foreclosures. African immigrants, who are trusting people, are being targeted by a large number of unlicensed collectors and creditors who continually call and harass them via mail and email methods.
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120 million households receive 2010 Census questionnaires

The 2010 Census is well underway with the U.S. Census Bureau mailing 2010 Census questionnaires to about 120 million addresses nationwide.  The questionnaires arrived the week of March 15-17.  Residents are encouraged to complete the 10-question Census form and return it in the accompanying pre-paid envelope as soon as possible.
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Ellison to attend White House Jobs Bill Signing

Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Keith Ellison is participating in the official Bill Signing Ceremony for H.R. 2847, Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment or HIRE Act, in the Rose Garden with President Obama at The White House today, March 18th.
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Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson to leave high court

Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson to leave high courtMinnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson announced that he will leave the state's highest court, effective June 30, 2010.

“It has been my privilege to serve as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court for the past two years,” Magnuson said in a letter to Governor Tim Pawlenty. “I have found the position to be both challenging and rewarding. However, for reasons personal to me and my family, I have decided to step down and return to private practice.”
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The President donates Nobel Prize money to charity

WASHINGTON – President Obama announced the charities that will receive a portion of the $1.4 million award that comes with the Nobel peace prize. “These organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students, veterans and countless others in need,” said President Obama. “I’m proud to support their work.”
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Ellison announces Congressional Arts Competition: Urges all high school students to participate

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) is proud to announce the opening of the 2010 Congressional Arts Competition for 5th District high school students. Each year, Congressional Districts from all over America display a cross section of developing artists’ works in the corridors of the United States Capitol.   
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Mail back of census questionnaires saves taxpayer dollars

Kansas City -- The 2010 Census is well underway with the U.S. Census Bureau mailing 2010 Census questionnaires to about 120 million addresses nationwide.  The questionnaires will arrive March 15-17.  Residents are encouraged to complete the 10-question census form when it arrives and to return it in the accompanying pre-paid envelope as soon as possible.
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Klobuchar announces $31 million for Hunter Education and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Projects in Minnesota

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar recently announced that Minnesota will receive $30,978,760 to support hunting, sport fishing, fish and wildlife conservation and education programs across Minnesota.  The funds will be made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR).
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NAACP applauds US Secretary Duncan's speech affirming renewed commitment to quality education and civil rights protections

WASHINGTON,  DC – The NAACP applauded Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s announcement recently of  a renewed effort to vigorously enforce federal civil rights laws while addressing the challenges of failing public schools, and restoring the country’s active commitment to the landmark Brown v Board of Education ruling that ended legal segregation. American schools are more segregated now than they have been in over 40 years – today, 39 percent of Black students and 40 percent of Latino students attend highly segregated schools where 90 to 100 percent of the population is non-white.
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Congressman Ellison announces job creation bill

Congressman Ellison announces job creation billWASHINGTON, D.C. – With cities and communities in Minnesota facing more potential layoffs amidst budget squeezes, today Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) joined House Democrats and a bipartisan group of mayors to announce new legislation to create one million public and private sector jobs in local communities. After seeing the strain put on cities in the Fifth Congressional District, Congressman Ellison authored legislation last year to help local governments and create one million new jobs. His legislation was incorporated in the bill introduced today by Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, called the Local Jobs for America Act.
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