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In the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, Black teenager by a White police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and the social and political unrest that followed, civil rights leaders have urged citizens of the St. Louis County suburb to transform their community at the ballot box. ...

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Groups file complaint over Ohio’s food stamp rules

Legal advocates for the poor have filed a civil rights complaint with the federal government over the state's move to enforce work requirements for food stamp beneficiaries in most counties, saying the decision has disproportionately impacted minorities in urban areas. ...

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Insuring Ohio Futures Partners with National African American Insurance Association to Host Insurance Career Fair

COLUMBUS – The Ohio insurance industry needs to hire 26,000 skilled workers by 2020, according to a workforce study recently commissioned by the Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC). ...

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Changes to PLUS loans may help Blacks

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – This fall, the Department of Education plans to announce changes to PLUS loans that officials say will make it easier for parents to qualify for the financial aid program that thousands of Black college students rely on every semester. ...

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Cleveland tops Dallas in bid to host RNC in 2016

Cleveland won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. ...

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Chavis named NNPA interim president and CEO

Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. a global business leader, educator, and longtime civil rights activist, was elected interim president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the group’s annual meeting last Wednesday ...

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Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens Holiday Travel

COLUMBUS – Tropical Storm Arthur is threatening to disrupt travel plans for millions of holiday travelers along the east coast. AAA urges those who are planning a trip to the east coast, or any other destination, to monitor the situation closely both during and after the storm. ...

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Bobby Womack, singer with brave 2nd act, dies

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. ...

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Black workers stuck in poverty wages

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As fast food and retail workers continue to march for higher wages, a new study by the Economic Policy Institute revealed that Blacks are more likely to earn poverty wages than Whites. ...

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