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Obamacare: A midterm report card

Obamacare: A midterm report cardThe first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period is over, and yesterday, federal health officials announced sign-up figures from the first three months.

After a disastrous start, HealthCare.gov(which handles enrollment for 36 states) began functioning properly. It, along with state-run insurance exchanges, netted more than 2.1 million signups between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28.
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JE Dunn, state capitol contractor, exceeds workforce goals

JE Dunn, state capitol contractor, exceeds workforce goalsState Capitol Contractor exceeding State workforce goals through community partnerships Contractor JE Dunn employs 34% minorities, 21% females on State Capitol interior project

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota State Capitol interior restoration and preservation project is exceeding diversity workforce goals with 34.89 percent minority workforce hours and 21 percent female workforce hours earning the project a premium rating of 1 from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
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Brazile: Dr. King was a man of love and great faith

Brazile: Dr. King was a man of love and great faithHeralded as one of the largest remembrances of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast drew more than 2,000 to the Minneapolis Convention Center for a morning of celebration and reflection.
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Woman to lead embattled Central African Republic as new president

Woman to lead embattled Central African Republic as new presidentJan. 21 (GIN) – To the sound of cheers from the National Assembly building, the Transitional National Council of the Central African Republic on Monday tapped Catherine Samba-Panza, mayor of the capital city of Bangui, to be the country’s interim President and first woman to hold the post.
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Beyond conversations: What are next steps to bridge the disparity gaps?

Beyond conversations: What are next steps to bridge the disparity gaps?When I look back at the stories I've worked on this year, there's one theme that appears over and over. From black baby dolls being hung from a noose at a high school, to protests over Miss Saigon, to a professor being reprimanded after teaching about institutional racism, race and racism keep coming up.

Maybe, just maybe, we as a society are ready to start having meaningful dialogue about privilege and racism in a way that will actually bring about changes — from our educational system to transportation to housing and the criminal justice system. Although simply talking about it will not necessarily bring about the needed changes, at least it's a start.
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Intolerance hardens towards gays across Africa

Intolerance hardens towards gays across AfricaJan. 14 (GIN) – Governments across Africa are decreeing new punitive laws against gay nationals just as displays of tolerance and acceptance are being seen around the world.

Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda in the last few months all tightened existing laws that target the homosexual community, their organizations, meeting places, and anyone working within or for gay rights in Africa.
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U.S. retirement crisis has "racial component'

U.S. retirement crisis has WASHINGTON (NNPA) – More than three-fifths of Black working-age households – 62 percent – have no assets in a retirement account, according to a new study by the National Institute of Retirement Security (NIRS),

Working-age households contain residents 25 to 64 years old. Even those Black households with assets trail similarly situated Whites. Among the 38.3 percent of Black households age 55 to 64 who do own accounts, the average savings is $34,365. That's a fraction of the $206,400 saved by their White counterparts.
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Gregory Lorjuste: President Obama's scheduler also worked for Bill Clinton's Harlem-based foundation

Gregory Lorjuste: President Obama's scheduler also worked for Bill Clinton's Harlem-based foundationNot many young African-American men can lay claim to having a bond with one — never mind two — U.S. presidents. But Gregory Lorjuste, deputy director of scheduling for President Obama, is one of the fortunate few. Before working on Obama's first White House bid, which ultimately led to his current gig, Lorjuste worked for former President Bill Clinton's Harlem-based foundation.
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Study: Little difference in risky behaviors in PG-13, R movies

Study: Little difference in risky behaviors in PG-13, R moviesMany parents would never think of allowing their young teen to see an R-rated movie, but a fresh study shows those films have much of the same type of content as those that are rated PG-13.

Amy Bleakley is a research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania who was a co-author of the study appearing in the latest edition of the journal Pediatrics. She said the PG-13 rating, determined by the Motion Picture Association of America, doesn't always stop the kind of material parents may think it does.
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A better deal for kids in the budget? Democrats and Republicans say 'yes'

A better deal for kids in the budget? Democrats and Republicans say 'yes'June Jimenez of Silver Spring, Md. was pregnant when she was laid off from her job at a public affairs firm last year. She tried unsuccessfully for months to find a job and worried about losing her home.

"My mortgage is $1,500 a month and I only received $320 a week in unemployment," she says.
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Hundreds of Minnesota children in need of role models

Hundreds of Minnesota children in need of role modelsThose Minnesotans who have resolved to do what they can to make the world a better place in 2014 are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people.

According to Gennea Falconer, director of Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, they currently have around 200 youths in ongoing mentor relationships, but ...
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