Federal officials close investigation into death of Trayvon Martin
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:51
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Tuesday, February 24 that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service met today with Martin’s family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.
Transit riders, faith and community groups call for expanded public transportation funding
Monday, 23 February 2015 15:41
100 transit riders from ISAIAH, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and other members of the Move MN coalition joined with state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, State Senator Scott Dibble, Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, and State Representative Frank Hornstein in a rally outside the State Capitol, calling on the legislature to guarantee expanded public transportation as part of a comprehensive, multimodal transportation plan.
Change in state purchasing policy creates more opportunities for veteran, minority, and woman-owned small businesses
Monday, 23 February 2015 15:34
The Minnesota Department of Administration announced recently that it will enhance the ability of certain small businesses to compete for state contracts. Starting February 1, when small businesses owned by women, minorities, people with physical disabilities, or veterans bid for state contracts, existing preferences will apply to a larger portion of the contract's value. This increase also applies to small businesses located in economically disadvantaged areas of the state.
Sheriff Rich Stanek meets with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss countering violent extremism
Thursday, 19 February 2015 15:28
(Washington D.C.) – Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was among a group of delegates from Minnesota selected to meet with Vice President Joe Biden for a roundtable discussion at the White House Complex on Tuesday, February 17. The discussion was focused on innovative best practices to address the issue of violent extremism.
A march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic and bloody Selma marches of 1965, catalytic events that led to the passage of the U.S. Voting Rights Act will be held Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. This march is open to the public.
Twin Cities Business and civic leader Leon A. Rankin Jr., died in hospice February 14, 2015.
A memorial service honoring his contributions to family and community will be held at Noon Saturday February 21 at Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 Dupont Av. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411. Visitation is 6-8 pm Friday, February 20, at Estes Funeral Chapel, at Plymouth and Penn Ave. in North Minneapolis. Rankin had suffered a series of debilitating strokes that intensified since the beginning of the year.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers bring gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality to The O'Shaughnessy stage
Thursday, 19 February 2015 15:14
Camille A. Brown, dancer-choreographer along with fellow performer Mora-Amina Parker from the New York Based Camille A. Brown & Dancers, graced the KFAI studios Tuesday morning on Conversations with Al McFarlane to talk about their week-long dance company residency here in the Twin Cities.
Celebrating Apostolic Church Overseer Reverend Emmanuel Joseph Udo
Thursday, 19 February 2015 15:05
Emmanuel Joseph Udo, Overseer of the Apostolic Church, who died in December in Lagos, Nigeria, will be celebrated by family and friends and the Apostolic Church, Minnesota 4 to 10pm Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Higher Ground Academy, 1381 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.
Expose haunts banking giant that helped hide African billions
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:37
Feb. 9 (GIN) – In an unusual collaborative effort, a team of journalists from 45 countries has produced a blistering expose of a billionaires' bank in Switzerland which was helping to place huge sums of its clients' money beyond the reach of tax obligations and court settlements.