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Commerce and Agriculture Departments explain broadband grant and loan resources

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) met in St. Paul in the eighth of ten public workshops designed to help prospective grantees apply for $4 billion in broadband grants and loans under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Today's forum followed Vice President Biden's announcement earlier this month of the availability of $4 billion in Recovery Act loans and grants to help bring broadband service to unserved and underserved communities across America. This is the first round of funding aimed at expanding broadband access to help bridge the technological divide and create jobs building out Internet infrastructure.
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Feds fund Hennepin County project

Feds fund Hennepin County projectWashington, D.C. – US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) secured another two major appropriations for the Fifth District - $500,000 to help develop a new transit hub in downtown Minneapolis and $250,000 to begin planning for the Bottineau Transitway, a new light rail line between downtown Minneapolis and the Northwest Suburbs.
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The world celebrates as Mandela turns 91

The world celebrates as Mandela turns 91(NNPA) - Nelson Mandela, the political activist imprisoned 27 years for fighting against apartheid South Africa before becoming the first Black president of that country, was honored throughout the world July 18 on the occasion of his 91st birthday. There were concerts and works of community service in honor of Mandela, as well as a push by his foundation to mark his birthday as a worldwide day of observance.
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Timberwolves acquire Quentin Richardson from Clippers

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has traded Mark Madsen, Craig Smith and Sebastian Telfair to the L.A. Clippers in exchange for 6-6 guard/forward Quentin Richardson.
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African-American lawmakers co-sponsor new Foreign Aid Reform Bill

Washington, DC, July 20, 2009 -Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World, is pleased to see a growing list of co-sponsors for the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009 (H.R. 2139). Presently, the bill has 81 congressional co-sponsors, including 14 African American members.
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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport launches re-designed web site

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL – The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is pleased to announce the launch of its re-designed web site at www.mspairport.com. The new site features a fresh, friendly design, new airport terminal and campus maps, a flight information look-up function, and a more intuitive navigation scheme.
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President Obama addresses NAACP Convention: Well-received speech stresses education and no excuses

President Obama addresses NAACP Convention: Well-received speech stresses education and no excusesThe NAACP’s Annual Convention, which convened at the Hilton Hotel in New York July 11-16, was marked by many inspirational and uplifting speeches delivered by left-leaning luminaries like Speaker of the House US Rep. Nancy Pelosi; New York Gov. David Patterson; New Your city Mayor Michael Bloomberg;Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel; former Congressman Kweisi Mfume; New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand; New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine; US Reps. Gregory Meeks (NY) and John Conyers (MI), Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade; and Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack. Yes, there was even a token Republican in attendance, Party Chairman Michael Steele, who joked with the crowd that he had only been invited “to protect your tax-exempt status.”
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NAACP overwhelmingly supports civil rights for musicians in H.R. 848

NEW YORK, 2009 — The National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) passed a resolution at their centennial convention on July 14 saluting Rep. John Conyers and supporting performance royalties for musicians that would be provided under the Performance Rights Act, H.R. 848—a civil rights bill for musicians.
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Ellison secures $150,000 for Northside Economic Opportunity Network

Ellison secures $150,000 for Northside Economic Opportunity NetworkWASHINGTON, D.C. – US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) secured a $150,000 appropriation for the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON).  These funds will be used to promote invaluable small business development in North Minneapolis.
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NAACP’s Ben Jealous issues ‘New Call for a New Century’

NAACP’s Ben Jealous issues ‘New Call for a New Century’(NNPA) - In a grand centennial meeting that drew thousands to New York City – the founding place of the NAACP, President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous proclaimed that the next move of the civil rights organization against new “layers of racism” will be to strengthen its inner ranks by becoming a majority through coalitions.
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APIAVote announces new Interim Executive Director

APIAVote this week announced that Vida Benavides, who assumed the position of the Interim Executive Director in February 2008 is no longer serving in this role as of May 2009. The organization said it thanked Benavides for her contributions to the organization during an important election year.
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