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Task force report finds major problem with Minnesota's Welfare-to-Work Program

Task force report finds major problem with Minnesota's Welfare-to-Work ProgramA task force created by the Legislature to look into how Minnesota spends its federal TANF dollars outlined a major problem within the welfare-to-work program, according to the final report released recently. The problem is a legislative issue: monthly MFIP cash assistance has not increased since 1986. A family of three receives $532 per month to cover basic expenses, including housing and transportation. As noted in the report:
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Blacks Urged to Ramp Up Involvement in Internet Issues

NASSAU, Bahamas (NNPA) – Blacks need to become more involved in what might appear to be arcane debates over "net neutrality – having an open Internet – because the fast-evolving Internet will have a major impact on their lives, including how they consult with medical providers in the future, says Kim M. Keenan, president and CEO of the Multicultural Media & Telecom Council (MMTC).
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Exclusive: Dean Smith's pardon letter for Wilmington Ten revealed

Exclusive: Dean Smith's pardon letter for Wilmington Ten revealedThis week, as the world mourns the passing of legendary UNC Tar Heel Head Basketball Coach Dean Smith, he is being remembered as a trailblazer not only for his championship winning hardwood strategy, but also for standing strong for social justice, and against racial discrimination.
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UNITED HANDS

UNITED HANDSMy forefathers held the links to the chain
My ancestors unlocked the pain
The next generations join hand and hand
We're united all over this land
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Gov. Kitzhaber: Your job is not yet done

Gov. Kitzhaber: Your job is not yet doneThis post was co-authored with Rob Smith, Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Federal officials close investigation into death of Trayvon Martin

Federal officials close investigation into death of Trayvon MartinWASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Tuesday, February 24 that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.  Prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service met today with Martin’s family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.
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Transit riders, faith and community groups call for expanded public transportation funding

Transit riders, faith and community groups call for expanded public transportation funding100 transit riders from ISAIAH, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and other members of the Move MN coalition joined with state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, State Senator Scott Dibble, Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, and State Representative Frank Hornstein in a rally outside the State Capitol, calling on the legislature to guarantee expanded public transportation as part of a comprehensive, multimodal transportation plan.
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Change in state purchasing policy creates more opportunities for veteran, minority, and woman-owned small businesses

Change in state purchasing policy creates more opportunities for veteran, minority, and woman-owned small businessesThe Minnesota Department of Administration announced recently that it will enhance the ability of certain small businesses to compete for state contracts. Starting February 1, when small businesses owned by women, minorities, people with physical disabilities, or veterans bid for state contracts, existing preferences will apply to a larger portion of the contract's value. This increase also applies to small businesses located in economically disadvantaged areas of the state.
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Sheriff Rich Stanek meets with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss countering violent extremism

Sheriff Rich Stanek meets with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss countering violent extremism(Washington D.C.) – Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was among a group of delegates from Minnesota selected to meet with Vice President Joe Biden for a roundtable discussion at the White House Complex on Tuesday, February 17. The discussion was focused on innovative best practices to address the issue of violent extremism.
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St. Paul honors historic Selma march

St. Paul honors historic Selma marchA march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic and bloody Selma marches of 1965, catalytic events that led to the passage of the U.S. Voting Rights Act will be held Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. This march is open to the public.
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Rankin forged Urban League power agenda

Rankin forged Urban League power agendaTwin Cities Business and civic leader Leon A. Rankin Jr., died in hospice February 14, 2015.

A memorial service honoring his contributions to family and community will be held at Noon Saturday February 21 at Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 Dupont Av. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411. Visitation is 6-8 pm Friday, February 20, at Estes Funeral Chapel, at Plymouth and Penn Ave. in North Minneapolis. Rankin had suffered a series of debilitating strokes that intensified since the beginning of the year.
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