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Nov 21st


Obama targets 5,000 schools nationwide for closing, reopening

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - President Barack Obama has targeted 5,000 schools across the country to be closed then reopened with new faculty and administrators over a five-year span.

Police, fire fighters compete to help Memorial Blood Centers

The Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments this month are partnering with Memorial Blood Centers in a competitive blood drive with their St. Paul counterparts.  The program, known as the Battle of the Badges, pits Minneapolis versus St. Paul departments in a friendly competition for a traveling trophy based on the total number of donors representing each organization.

Court affirms ranked choice voting in Minneapolis

In a unanimous opinion, the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the Minneapolis ranked choice voting (RCV) law.

Ellison Health Care Reform legislation ties insurance costs to patient care

Ellison Health Care Reform legislation ties insurance costs to patient careKeith Ellison (D-MN5) this week introduced health care legislation in anticipation of upcoming Congressional action on health care reform.  Ellison’s The Good Care Act of 2009 requires that all health plans participating in the proposed “health insurance exchange” spend a minimum of 90% of the health care premiums they charge on health care services for their patients.

Metropolitan Council approves more projects for stimulus funding

ST. PAUL—June 10, 2009--The Metropolitan Council today approved more metro area transportation projects for federal stimulus funding. The Council action marks the final allocation of about $250 million in stimulus funding for transportation projects in the metro area. An additional $70.6 million has been targeted for transit.

U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Bremer Bank announce new funds to aid foreclosure recovery efforts

 U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Bremer Bank announce new funds to aid foreclosure recovery effortsCongresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) announced last week $250,000 will be distributed by Bremer Bank in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area to assist low-income homebuyers. These funds are part of the Urban First-time Homebuyer Fund of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. These dollars are part of more than $123 million in funding that Bremer has received from FHLB Des Moines during its long-term partnership.

Dance group uses DMC’s song “I’m Legit” to shed light on open records in Minnesota

Open records legislation is a national movement by members of the adoption community to grant access to original birth certificates and agency records to adoptees. Currently, when adoptions are finalized, the original birth records are sealed, including the birth certificate naming birth parents.

Attorney General Holder pledges full support for civil rights

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has pledged to enforce the nation’s civil rights laws, saying that while the country has made significant progress in race relations, a lot more needs to be done.

In economic crisis: Black church memberships increase while offerings decrease

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The doors of the historic Black Church, a fortress of healing from social pain, have opened even wider during the economic crisis. But, as church membership increases across the nation, offerings are decreasing, causing even houses of faith to make difficult decisions, pastors say.

Jacqueline Carlisle, Executive Director, NID Housing Counseling Agency

Jacqueline Carlisle, Executive Director, NID Housing Counseling Agency(AANEWSWIRE) OAKLAND, CA---In response to the threat of millions of additional homeowners losing their homes due to foreclosure, a national African American agency, working in partnership with the Obama administration, is offering free counseling in cities throughout the country.

Pawlenty strikes again: His favorite target; the poor

State Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) today said Governor Pawlenty’s veto of the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) program has a negative impact on Hennepin County Medical Center and Minnesotans served by HCMC.
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