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President Obama designates five new National Monuments

President Obama designates five new National MonumentsWASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today signed proclamations establishing five new national monuments, using his authority under the Antiquities Act, which celebrate our nation's rich history and natural heritage. The monuments, located in Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington, help tell the story of significant people and extraordinary events in American history, as well as protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans. The designations were made with bi-partisan support from congressional, state and local officials, local businesses and other stakeholders and are expected to promote economic growth in the local communities through tourism and outdoor recreation.
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Black Press continues to serve special role

Black Press continues to serve special roleWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Like its White counterpart, Black newspapers must adjust to a rapidly changing digital age. But unlike White newspapers, the Black Press continues to play a valuable and unique role in the African American community, panelists said at a panel last week at the National Press Club.
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Publishers discuss role of the Black Press

Publishers discuss role of the Black PressMarch 16 marked the 186th anniversary of the founding of Freedom's Journal, the country's first Black newspaper. Its editors, Rev. Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm, proclaimed in the first edition, "Too long have others spoken for us...We wish to plead our own cause."
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African-Americans took to the Capitol to be heard

African-Americans took to the Capitol to be heardAfrican-Americans from throughout the state gathered inside the Capitol rotunda to let legislators know their voices will be heard.

The gathering was a part of the Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) Day at the Capitol, designed to bring issues of importance in African-American communities directly to the state's policy makers. The Council presented the rally, that took place on Mar. 19, as a part of its mandated obligation to fulfill civic engagement.
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IRS has $917 million for people who have not filed a 2009 Income Tax Return

WASHINGTON — Refunds totaling just over $917 million may be waiting for an estimated 984,400 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2009, the Internal Revenue Service announced. However, to collect the money, a return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 15, 2013.
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Over 60 percent decline in sexual violence against females from 1995 to 2010

WASHINGTON – From 1995 to 2005, sexual violence against U.S. female residents age 12 or older declined 64 percent from 5.0 per 1,000 females to 1.8, and remained unchanged through 2010, according to a report, Female Victims of Sexual Violence, 1994-2010, released today by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
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Middle class Minnesotans to feel impact of GOP sequester

The choice Republicans have made to not end this sequestration will have a huge impact on middle class Minnesotans in the coming weeks and months. Rather than eliminate tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans to reduce the deficit, Republicans chose cuts in vital services important to seniors, men and women in uniform, and children and schools.
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Prayer vigil lifts up 'Homeowners' Bill of Rights'

Clergy, faith leaders and concerned community members gathered outside the office of Sen. James Metzen in St. Paul to call on him to hear the 'Homeowners Bill of Rights' in the Senate Commerce Committee; a committee he chairs.
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The Twin Cities hosts 5th Annual Pastors Appreciation Luncheon

The Twin Cities hosts 5th Annual Pastors Appreciation LuncheonThe 5th Annual Pastors Appreciation Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at North Heights Event Center, 1700 Hwy 96 West, Arden Hills, MN 55112. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
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International peace group comes back to its roots

International peace group comes back to its rootsCIRCLE PINES – Mel Duncan has travelled all around the world in the last decade, getting into dangerous situations and finding peaceful solutions in a variety of global hotspots as part of Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international organization he co-founded with Quaker activist David Hartsough.
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President Barack Obama on the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War

President Barack Obama on the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq WarAs we mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war, Michelle and I join our fellow Americans in paying tribute to all who served and sacrificed in one of our nation's longest wars. We salute the courage and resolve of more than 1.5 million service members and civilians who during multiple tours wrote one of the most extraordinary chapters in military service. We honor the memory of the nearly 4,500 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to give the Iraqi people an opportunity to forge their own future after many years of hardship. And we express our gratitude to our extraordinary military families who sacrificed on the home front, especially our Gold Star families who remain in our prayers.
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