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NUL State of Black America: Growing income inequality

NUL State of Black America: Growing income inequalityWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The wealth gap between African Americans and Whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in Black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League's 38th annual State of Black America report titled, "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America."
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Minnesota has some of nation's worst racial, geographic health disparities

Minnesota has some of nation's worst racial, geographic health disparitiesPrinceton, N.J. and Madison, Wis. – Carver county ranks healthiest in Minnesota and Mahnomen is the least healthy county in the state, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
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Ellison presses for light rail: Community forum held to discuss light rail expansion through North Minneapolis

Ellison presses for light rail: Community forum held to discuss light rail expansion through North MinneapolisAbout 100 people showed up for a forum on the proposed Southwest light rail transit line that some say would gentrify north Minneapolis and force out low income residents while others say is the economic boon that the area needs.
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District seeks mentors for boys

District seeks mentors for boysNumbers do not always tell a complete story, but some numbers tell enough of a story to let it be known that there is a definite cause for alarm – maybe even a cause for panic.

So how about these numbers? Last year the Minneapolis Public Schools graduated just 43 percent of its African-American students on time, meaning within four years from the time a child entered high school to the time of graduation. And that number is actually up from the appallingly putrid on-time graduation rate of 36 percent for African-Americans in the district in 2012. And according to James Burroughs, the district's director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, extrapolate out the girls and that number is sharply lower for African-American boys.
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Senator Champion's legislation adds protections for tenants who are victims of violence

Senator Champion's legislation adds protections for tenants who are victims of violenceSenator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) co-authored legislation to remove barriers for tenant-victims to break a lease if necessary for their safety, prohibits eviction because the tenant was a victim of violence, and extends protections to tenant-victims of sexual assault and stalking.
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Eighth Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards celebrate Minnesota racial equity leaders

Eighth Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards celebrate Minnesota racial equity leadersThe Saint Paul Foundation will honor five anti-racism advocates at the eighth annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards on April 7 at the Crown Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel, 11 Kellogg Blvd. East.
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Chamber applauds non-profit developer

Chamber applauds non-profit developerMike Wynne and EMERGE latest caretakers of 120 year-old North Minneapolis cultural asset

Mike Wynne, President and CEO of EMERGE Community Development, accepted an award on behalf of EMERGE for Non-Profit of the Year at the Minneapolis Chamber's Best in Business luncheon earlier this month. EMERGE, dedicated to "creating a community where people have the freedom and mutual support to thrive," was recognized by the Chamber for the non-profit's success in four focus areas: community development, staffing, villages (housing), and workforce development.
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Park Center girls basketball brings home state title in triple overtime thriller

Park Center girls basketball brings home state title in triple overtime thrillerIn a game that will go down as one of the greatest in Minnesota high school history, Park Center High School won its first ever girls basketball state championship in the most dramatic fashion in a triple overtime thriller.
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"Driver's License for All" rally at State Capitol Rotunda, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Immigration Advocates Rally Twin Cities Communities in Support of Passing Driver's License Bill - HF 348
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Southwest light rail train a must for our community

Southwest light rail train a must for our communityWhen the Southwest light rail line (SWLRT) is built, a Northside station will bear the name of Van White. Van White, the first African American to serve on the Minneapolis City Council, provides the kind of example we need to do what is right for our entire community. Van White worked hard to overcome barriers, and in so doing he provided inspiration and real opportunities for residents of North Minneapolis and throughout the City. His life tells us that we can surmount the obstacles we face in reaching consensus about the route of the rail line. His life reminds us that we must build the rail line to provide more economic opportunity.
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Insensitive remarks on a Minneapolis police officer's Facebook page spark outrage; open internal investigation

Insensitive remarks on a Minneapolis police officer's Facebook page spark outrage; open internal investigationWhile Alicia Lucio was perusing her Facebook timeline one post stopped her in her tracks.
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