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Transitions: From foster care to life on their own

Transitions: From foster care to life on their ownLife on one’s own is a daunting task. 

It is even more daunting for young adults who have been in foster care – often bouncing from residence to residence with very little stability and no real support system of which to speak. Things most take for granted, such as establishing and maintaining a banking account or budgeting for monthly expenses, oftentimes go untaught to foster children. For some children in the foster care system, the primary concern is surviving each day, not planning for tomorrow.
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Rally demands strong Homeowners’ Bill of Rights

ST. PAUL (May 15, 2013) —More than 200 Minnesotans filled the rotunda of the State Capitol urging legislators to bring a strong Homeowners’ Bill of Rights to the floors of the House and Senate for a vote before the end of the session. Community leaders from throughout Minnesota were joined by State Reps. Melissa Hortman, Raymond Dehn, John Lesch, other legislators, members of the clergy and homeowners facing foreclosure.
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Rose McGee wins fight to stay in her home

Rose McGee wins fight to stay in her homeMcGee has been in a well-chronicled, yearlong battle with CitiMortgage to stop the foreclosure of her residence and to remain in the place she has called home for more than 20 years. That battle ended this past week when the two sides reached a settlement that will allow McGee to obtain a new mortgage on her home. 
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Governor signs same sex marriage bill into law; takes effect Aug. 1

Governor signs same sex marriage bill into law; takes effect Aug. 1With a throng of nearly 6,000 supporters on hand at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that will legalize same sex marriages in the state.
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Fallen officers recognized by area law enforcement

Fallen officers recognized by area law enforcementOfficers from throughout the metro honored their fallen comrades as a part of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In a Wednesday (May 15) ceremony inside the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department gathered to pay tribute to area officers killed in the line of duty. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said she is thankful that two more officers would not have to be memorialized following a May 10 shooting incident that led to two officers being shot. Both officers survived the incident. This suspect was killed.
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Why I serve: Racquel Russell

Why I serve: Racquel RussellIt's not unusual for people at various stages in their careers to pay a few dues in the public sector, make some great contacts and then move on to more lucrative pastures. But Racquel Russell, who has worked with some of Washington's biggest power brokers – from former secretary of state Madeleine Albright to President Barack Obama – has never viewed her professional trajectory through that lens.
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NAACP mourns the passing of Bishop Roy A. Holmes

NAACP mourns the passing of Bishop Roy A. Holmes(BALTIMORE) — The NAACP mourns the loss of Bishop Roy A. Holmes, member of the NAACP Board of Directors and its Religious Affairs Committee. Bishop Holmes is survived by his wife, two daughters and two grandchildren.
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Commerce Department announces process, timeline for MCHA Transition Plan

Minnesota Commerce Department says it has created a process for assessing the need for, and developing a transition plan for the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA).
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Former EOD sailor awarded Navy and Marine Corps Medal

DENVER (NNS) -- A former Sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal during an award ceremony held at the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver, Colorado, April 17.
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Social Security changes could hurt Blacks most

Social Security changes could hurt Blacks mostWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Social Security changes proposed by Obama could hurt African Americans more than other groups, a new report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions finds.
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McCollum: Sexual assaults in Armed Services must be addressed at highest levels

McCollum: Sexual assaults in Armed Services must be addressed at highest levelsTuesday, May 7, 2013, the Pentagon released the FY2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, showing the number of sexual assaults in the military increased more than 30 percent since 2010. According to the report, an estimated 26,000 service members were victims of unwanted sexual contact in 2012. This release follows Sunday's arrest for sexual battery of Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, Chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit.
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