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Motown gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs' hit anthem "Break Every Chain" is #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs Chart

Motown gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs' hit anthem Motown Gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs continues to break every record at radio and retail. The hit praise and worship anthem, "Break Every Chain" is #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart with nearly four million in listening audience.
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New law will raise cost of cigarettes and help Minnesotans quit

New law will raise cost of cigarettes and help Minnesotans quitOn July 1, a new law will take effect, and Minnesota's per-pack tax on cigarettes will go up by $1.60. This tax increase will raise the average price of a pack of cigarettes in Minnesota from approximately $6 per pack to more than $7.50 per pack. It is the only increase of its kind across the nation this year, and it will move Minnesota's national rank for cigarette taxation from 28th to 6th.
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Ellison renews call to end sequester; says area’s most vulnerable hardest hit

Ellison renews call to end sequester; says area’s most vulnerable hardest hitParents in Community Action (PICA) Head Start Executive Director Alyce Dillon said her program’s resources are stretched to the max.

If further federal cuts, known as sequester, are to occur, Dillon is forecasting a bleak future for those who could be dropped from Head Start, the federal preschool educational, health and nutritional program for disadvantaged children. The 43-year veteran of the program said Head Start in Hennepin County is already in a dire predicament.
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Pending cuts to food stamp program could mean additional hardship for those in need

Pending cuts to food stamp program could mean additional hardship for those in needFor those with little or no income, government food assistance is the only way in which some are able eat.

But come Nov. 1 that assistance may be greatly reduced. This past May the House Committee on Agricultural passed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947), also known as the Farm Bill. The bill cuts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – formerly know as the food stamp program – by $20.5 billion over the next 10 years.
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Inside the White House: Jewel James

Inside the White House: Jewel JamesJewel James is one of the political rising stars in Washington who in her early thirties has the ear of the President and Vice President. Her work experience includes working on Capitol Hill as support staff for the Congressional Black Caucus for a few years when Congressman Elijah Cummings and Congressman Mel Watt headed the group of black federal lawmakers. Just like Maryland Congressman Cummings and North Carolina Congressman Watt who have ascended to higher rankings, her diligence and hard work continues to make an impact on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. At the White House, her current job title is Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
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Candidates head for November ballot

Candidates head for November ballotCandidates seeking to be Minneapolis' next mayor had to convince a packed auditorium inside Sabathani Community Center they were receptive to the needs of the city's various minority communities.
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McCollum amendment to FY14 defense appropriation bill prohibits funds for CIA's lethal drone program

McCollum amendment to FY14 defense appropriation bill prohibits funds for CIA's lethal drone programWashington, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, is offering an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 defense appropriations bill to end funding for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) program that kills targets with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. The amendment gives sole responsibility for any lethal military action using UAVs to the Department of Defense, specifying that operations must be conducted by "members of the Armed Forces under the authority provided pursuant to title 10, United States Code."
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Why strong business leads to strong communities

Why strong business leads to strong communitiesLike fashion and design, education should be accessible to everyone, Target executive Laysha Ward said.

"Successful businesses and successful communities are inextricably linked," Ward said. "Target democratized design; now we're working to democratize education, because we know that our future success, and that of the global economy, depends on an educated workforce."
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Minneapolis offers some of the best parks in the nation

Minneapolis was recently named the nation's best big city for public parks by the Trust of the Public Land. In the organizations 2013 ParkScore® Index, Rating Park Systems in the 50 Largest U.S. Cities, Minneapolis unseated San Francisco as the nation's top park system. Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) is honored to see his community rated so high, but isn't surprised by the rating.
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Minneapolis candidates for mayor gather to address issues of concern in minority communities

Candidates seeking to be Minneapolis' next mayor had to convince a packed auditorium inside Sabathani Community Center they were receptive to the needs of the city's various minority communities.
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Newly redesigned The Commons Hotel has grand opening

Newly redesigned The Commons Hotel has grand openingFollowing a $15 million yearlong renovation, The Commons Hotel celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday (June 5).
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