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Minnesota moves to enhance state's diversity and inclusion

Minnesota moves to enhance state's diversity and inclusionA report issued last week by the Governor's Diversity and Inclusion Council spells out the Council's work to improve diversity in the state's workforce and business supplier chain, and more equitably engage diverse people, communities, and businesses in the work of state government.
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Young Timberwolves showoff in exhibition

Young Timberwolves showoff in exhibitionOver the past few years there hasn't been that much excitement surrounding the Timberwolves, but it seems that's all about to change.
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Pressure builds for Feds to 'Ban the Box'

Pressure builds for Feds to 'Ban the Box'WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Seventeen states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws making it easier for ex-offenders to find jobs in the labor market. Now civil rights and community groups that advocate for returning citizens are pushing the White House to do the same.
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HUD awards over $380,000 in additional housing counseling grants in Minnesota; funding follows nearly $3.3 million awarded in April

HUD awards over $380,000 in additional housing counseling grants in Minnesota; funding follows nearly $3.3 million awarded in AprilThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $380,000 to seven Minnesota organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. "Whether you're a first-time buyer or trying to keep the place you've always called home, knowledge is the key to financial empowerment," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "We're proud to support our housing counseling partners as they help American families achieve stability and prosperity."
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Legislative Auditor: MUL received "Financial Clean Bill Of Health"

Legislative Auditor: MUL received On Saturday, June 13, the Star Tribune published an editorial acknowledging the Office of the Legislative Auditor issued the Minneapolis Urban League a "financial clean bill of health" related to allegations it improperly billed the state for two of its education programs. The editorial calls for continued support of MUL programs and initiatives. The OLA's findings were first published on June 5 in an article by Star Tribune reporter Steve Brandt.
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The National Black Church Initiative reaches out to the gay community in light of Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

The National Black Church Initiative reaches out to the gay community in light of Supreme Court decision on gay marriageWashington, D.C. – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African-American church goers is continuing efforts to generate civil discourse between the Black Church and the gay community.
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The Black church and the strength to forgive

The Black church and the strength to forgiveWASHINGTON (NNPA) – For many outside the Black community, they had never seen anything like it. Though suffering and deep in pain from the loss of loved ones at the hands of Dylann Roof at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., they reflected the finest reflection of Christian values.
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Legacy of slavery still impacts education in the South

Legacy of slavery still impacts education in the SouthHOUSTON – (June 22, 2015) – Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its effects are still felt today in K-12 education in the South, according to a new Rice University study, "How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South."
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Justspeak: A Black mother weeps for America--STOP KILLING OUR BLACK SONS!

Justspeak: A Black mother weeps for America--STOP KILLING OUR BLACK SONS!Editor's note: McFarlane Media and Insight News salute Dr. Irma McClaurin, Insight's Culture and Education Editor. McClaurin's column entitled "A Black mother weeps for America: Stop killing our Black sons!" won highest honors for Insight News, 1st Place – Best in Nation for Column Writing – at last week's Black Press of America annual convention in Detroit. National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its 75th Anniversary, and presented awards in 16 categories to member publications for stellar, exemplary work in newspaper journalism. More on other winners and the convention next week. Here we reprint McClaurin's award winning column.
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The reaction in Minnesota

The reaction in MinnesotaNine souls have been laid to rest as the nation still grapples with the many issues and questions surrounding the June 17 massacre inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in South Carolina.
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Clear Channel's R&B, Hip Hop offering may threaten sister station KDWB: Commercial radio doesn't talk about issues affecting Black community, KMOJ's Kelvin Quarles says

Clear Channel's R&B, Hip Hop offering may threaten sister station KDWB: Commercial radio doesn't talk about issues affecting Black community, KMOJ's Kelvin Quarles saysIs five years long enough to be feeling nostalgic?
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