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Sen. Champion expungement legislation passes Senate floor

Sen. Champion expungement legislation passes Senate floorState Senator Bobby Joe Champion's bipartisan legislation to clarify and strengthen Minnesota's expungement laws passed off the Senate Floor today by a vote of 41 to 25. The legislation aims to maintain public safety while allowing those who have served their time to have their records sealed so they can more easily secure employment and housing.
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SEIU Minnesota State Council endorses Joy Marsh Stephens for Brooklyn Park Mayor

SEIU Minnesota State Council endorses Joy Marsh Stephens for Brooklyn Park MayorBrooklyn Park, Minn. ¬-- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council, including 800 members who live and work in Brooklyn Park, is excited to announce its endorsement of Joy Marsh Stephens for Brooklyn Park Mayor. Following a member-driven screening process, SEIU members chose to endorse Joy because of her extensive professional experience and her proven history fighting for working families in Brooklyn Park.
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Khaliq, Graupman installed in the Wall of Fame

Khaliq, Graupman installed in the Wall of FameA host of people attended the 2014, St Paul College, Wall of Fame Recognition Event and Reception held April 17 where Jane Graupman and Elder Nathaniel (Nick) Khaliq were honored.
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Disparities in marijuana enforcement widen Minnesota's equity gap for communities of color

Disparities in marijuana enforcement widen Minnesota's equity gap for communities of colorBlacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, one of the nation's highest disparities, according to FBI statistics. Minnesota 2020's latest report, Collateral Costs, finds these disproportionate arrest rates further exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color.
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Black physicians combat health care disparities

Black physicians combat health care disparitiesWashington, D.C. – Members of the National Medical Association (NMA), the nation's largest organization of African-American physicians, have developed and refined an aggressive action plan to help reduce the health disparities that plague the African-American community and result in an unnecessary loss of life and an annual cost to the U.S. economy of billions of dollars.
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Artspeak:

Artspeak:I am blessed with my mother's skin.

People often stop me to compliment me on how soft and smooth my skin looks. When asked how I keep it that way, I can only smile and say "good genes."
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Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students

Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl studentsApr. 21 (GIN) - While divers conducted their final searches in Korea for the high school students drowned in a misguided ferry excursion, in Nigeria, Principal Asabe Kwambula pleaded with kidnappers of over 100 high school girls to "have mercy on the students."
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Rwandan "genocide hunters" still searching for perpetrators

Rwandan Apr. 7 (GIN) – On the 20th anniversary of one of the worst massacres on the African continent – the Rwandan genocide – a Rwandese couple is still reliving the nightmare as they search for perpetrators in foreign countries complicit in crimes against humanity.
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50 years later, voting rights still threatened

50 years later, voting rights still threatenedNearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and in public places. The law passed with bipartisan support -- in fact, Republicans helped lead the charge and break the filibuster.
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Community rallies to save Urban League Academy

Community rallies to save Urban League AcademyDespite the pleas of several current and former students of the Urban League Academy – a Minneapolis contract alternative school – a divided school board voted to give the school a one-year provisional contract, placing the school's future in jeopardy.
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Along the Corridor: University Avenue business owners navigating change

Along the Corridor: University Avenue business owners navigating changeWhen asked how the Central Corridor's Green Line might impact his business, Dubliner Pub owner Tom Scanlon laughed.

"Do you think I have a crystal ball?" The only thing that's certain, he said is, "It's going to open up a new world."
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