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Black teen birth rate falls 60 percent in 10 years

Black teen birth rate falls 60 percent in 10 yearsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – A new report by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the teen birth rate for African Americans has declined by 60 percent between 1991 and 2011 – a rate 10 percent greater than the overall dip in teen birth rates.
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Church asks Christians to get rid of their guns

Church asks Christians to get rid of their gunsWashington DC - The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans churchgoers, calls on its membership to get rid of any weapons in their homes. The black church believes that having a weapon is a sin; as Christians we are asked to put their faith in God. God says that He will protect us even until the ends of the Earth. So if God is going to protect you, why would you need a gun?
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With middle class tax reform, budget ends era of "Robin Hood in reverse" and invests in Minnesota's future

Minnesota's middle class beats out big business as the winner of the 2013 legislative session for the first time in 10 years
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The State of Equality and Justice in America: The presumption of guilt

The State of Equality and Justice in America: The presumption of guiltAfter serving 42 years in an Arizona prison for a crime he didn't commit, a 58-year-old man was finally released this April. When Louis Taylor was just 16, he ventured out of his comfort zone to try a happy hour advertised by an upscale Tucson hotel, a typical foray for an adventurous teenage boy. Unfortunately, that night a fire broke out that ultimately claimed 29 lives. In that moment, Taylor stopped being typical and became extraordinary. He did not run from the danger as most people would. Instead he took responsibility. He was spotted during the crisis busily helping people escape the flames, escorting guests to safety and assisting people on stretchers.
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Zimbabwe on path to regain international acceptance

Zimbabwe on path to regain international acceptanceHARARE, Zimbabwe (NNPA) – With several low-key, but unmistakable gestures, the United States has signaled that it is moving toward normalizing relations with Zimbabwe, the former White minority-rule nation once known as Rhodesia.
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Future USS Minnesota successfully completes sea trials

Future USS Minnesota successfully completes sea trialsNEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, moored May 16 at Huntington Ingalls Industry's Newport News Shipbuilding following its successful completion of Alpha and Bravo sea trials. 
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Senate vote upholds rights of working families

After 11 committees and a record-setting 17-hour debate on the Senate floor last week, home care workers are celebrating a win after the Senate voted 35 – 32 to pass a bill that would extend collective bargaining rights to workers in self-directed public home care programs. 
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Teenager pleads guilty to killing 5-year-old, sentenced to 28 years in prison

Teenager pleads guilty to killing 5-year-old, sentenced to 28 years in prisonJulian Anderson, the second gunman responsible for the death of Nizzel George, pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder Tuesday and was sentenced to 28 years in prison, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced.
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White House highlights Karen Clark as a "Harvey Milk Champion of Change"

White House highlights Karen Clark as a WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, May 22nd, the White House will honor Karen Clark as one of ten openly LGBT elected or appointed officials who are "Harvey Milk Champions of Change." The event falls on Harvey Milk's birthday and will recognize these individuals for their commitment to equality and public service.
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Chanda Smith- Baker new co-chair of African American Leadership Forum

Chanda Smith- Baker new co-chair of African American Leadership ForumThe African American Leadership Forum (AALF) recently announced that its founder Gary Cunningham has stepped down as co-chair of the Forum. Chanda Smith-Baker, president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities, will join the AALF leadership as its newest co-chair.
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Twin Cities’ retail cleaning workers set deadline for June strike

Twin Cities’ retail cleaning workers set deadline for June strike Retail cleaning workers who work for contracted companies cleaning Target and other stores in the Twin Cities announced last week that they are set to walk off the job again if employers continue to refuse to open dialogue with them and the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL), a Minneapolis workers center that has been organizing the workers for three years.
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