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Gun buy-back program aims to make MN streets safer

Last year, 109 people in Minnesota died by the trigger of someone else's gun, according to the state Department of Safety. Public safety groups have joined forces and organized a gun buy-back day in an effort to get guns off the street. Anyone turning in a firearm will receive gift cards: $100 for automatic guns and $50 for revolvers - with no questions asked.
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Minneapolis election results

City of Minneapolis: Mayor - 1st Choice Precincts reporting 100.0% Candidate Votes Vote%  R.T. Rybak 33,220 73.6%  Papa John Kolstad 4,949 11.0%  Al Flowers 1,783 4.0%  Dick Franson 1,569 3.5%  Christopher Clark 1,340 3.0%  Tom Fiske 655 1.5%  Joey Lombard 439 1.0%  James R. Everett 354 0.8%  Bill McGaughey 230 0.5%  Bob Carney, Jr. 229 0.5%  Write-In 215 0.5%  John Charles Wilson 134 0.3%
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D.C. Sniper execution slated for Nov. 10

WASHINGTON (NNPA)  - It was around this time seven years ago that the Washington, D.C., area was gripped with terrorizing fear. In October 2002, John Allen Muhammad, known as the Beltway Sniper, and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, embarked on a deadly shooting spree. And when it was over, 10 people had been killed.
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Ellison announces special payments for service members who served under Stop Loss Orders

Ellison announces special payments for service members who served under Stop Loss Orders Washington, D.C. – US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) announced that special payments are now available to over 185,000 service members who have had their enlistments involuntarily extended since September 11, 2001, providing $500 for every month they were held under stop-loss orders. Congress established this payment in the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted this summer.
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NNPA chairman confronts GM and Ford for lack of Black ads

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - It is estimated by the Chicago-based research firm, Target Market News, that African American consumers will have spent $2.8 billion on new General Motors cars in this year alone.
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Feingold, Ellison bill makes voters registration easier for Americans

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) are reintroducing legislation to make it easier for Americans to register to vote by allowing same day registration at polling places for all federal elections.  By allowing voters to register at polling places the same day as they vote, the Same Day Registration Act would help increase voter turnout and voters would not have to worry about sitting an election out because they missed a registration deadline. 
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Ellison announces special payments for service members who served under Stop Loss Orders

Ellison announces special payments for service members who served under Stop Loss Orders
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) announced that special payments are now available to over 185,000 service members who have had their enlistments involuntarily extended since September 11, 2001, providing $500 for every month they were held under stop-loss orders.  Congress established this payment in the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted this summer.
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Ellison supports Landmark Consumer Financial Protection Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) joined a majority of his colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee in voting for H.R. 3126, Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009.
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Rubber bullets fired at South African shack dwellers

 Rubber bullets fired at South African shack dwellers(GIN) - South African riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at crowds of protesters in two communities east of Johannesburg who are demanding better housing, running water and electricity in their townships.
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Rally thanks Senator Franken, urges him to keep fighting for a Public Health Insurance Option

With the health care reform debate set to begin on the House and Senate floors next week, Minnesotans from across the Twin Cities rallied outside Senator Franken’s office today to thank him for pushing for real health care reform. The Senator’s staff was presented with a pair of boxing gloves to encourage him to keep fighting for real reform that includes a strong public health insurance plan.
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Congo rainforest defender wins right livelihood prize

Congo rainforest defender wins right livelihood prize(GIN) – René Ngongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of four winners of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Peace Prize.
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