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Upcoming changes to PLUS Loans may help African Americans

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WASHINGTON – 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 African-American college students rely on every semester.
 
In an effort to combat a rising number of parent loan defaults in 2011, the department began to enforce more strict borrowing guidelines, a move that disproportionately affected African-American parents, especially ones that lost homes and jobs and were burdened by high levels of debt incurred during the Great Recession.

Black men show little signs of progress in 40 years

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WASHINGTON – Black men are no better off than they were more than 40 years ago, due to mass incarceration and job losses suffered during the Great Recession, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago.
 
Derek Neal and Armin Rick, the co-authors of the study, found that reforms in the criminal justice system at the state-level largely contributed to disparities in arrests and incarceration rates that ultimately stifled educational and economic progress for black men.

De Blasio vows to improve NYPD-community relations

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NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing his first significant test in trying to improve relations between police and minority communities, said Monday that he believes the troubles stem from racial tension that defined his predecessor's 12 years in office.
 
He did not specifically say he thought race played a role in the recent death of a black, asthmatic father of six who died after being put in apparent chokehold by a white officer, an encounter that was caught on video. He did say that more trust was needed between police and residents.

TSU’s Tigers ready to follow up best season in decades

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NASHVILLE — Tennessee State has high expectations coming off its best season in almost 30 years, thanks largely to a very stingy defense that takes after the Tigers' best tradition.
 
The Tigers, who have produced such NFL players as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Richard Dent and Ed "Too Tall" Jones, ranked in the top 10 nationally in 2013 for total defense, scoring defense and turnovers gained.
Coach Rod Reed said preseason Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the year Anthony Bass and defensive back Daniel Fitzpatrick both deserve such an honor. Bass had 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, and Fitzpatrick led all of Division I nationally with eight interceptions.

Tennessee Medical Association taking heat for new pregnancy criminalization law

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), along with more than 65 leading Tennessee, national, and international medial and ethics professionals, and other organizations, have released a letter to policymakers and media calling attention to the Tennessee Medical Association’s (TMA) support for a new law allowing the arrest of women who become pregnant.
 
The new Tennessee law that went into effect on July 1 permits arrests of pregnant women for the crime of fetal assault, with special focus on the “illegal use” of “narcotics” by pregnant women. Tennessee is the first state, through legislative action to make pregnant women criminally liable for the outcomes of their pregnancies.