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Highest rate of African-American murders?

Highest rate of African-American murders?

Nebraska, known for its large agricultural industry, has surprisingly claimed the top spot as the state with the highest incidence of African-American murder victims, according to newly published research.

Analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) shows Nebraska has the highest African-American homicide rates for 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive national data is available.

Nebraska, which has a population of approximately 1.8 million people, led the nation with an African-American homicide victimization rate of 34.43 per 100,000.

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Highs and lows of Obama’s State of the Union speech

Highs and lows of Obama’s State of the Union speech

Tuesday night was State of the Union time again, which meant two things:

President Barack Obama had to pull off the most difficult oratorical balancing act there is for any president: delivering a substantive policy speech that manages to inspire and move Americans.

And it means that we do what we do after every State of the Union address—grade his performance. So, below is a list of highs and lows from the president's speech. Please feel free to let us know if you think we missed any in the comments section below.

 

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Top 10 Black History Month scholarships – now accepting applications

Top 10 Black History Month scholarships – now accepting applications

(BlackNews.com) – February is here again, and Black History month is being celebrated all around the world. Many television channels have launched special programming for the month, companies have launched special advertising campaigns, and many of their foundations have launched scholarship programs.

Below are the top 10 Black history month scholarships with deadlines in February 2014:

#1 - The Frito-Lay "Create to Celebrate" Black History Month Art Contest encourages applicants to submit online an original piece of art created in any medium (video, song, photo, sculpture, painting, etc) that celebrates African American achievement.
 Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/frito-lay-create-to-celebrate-black-history-month-art-contest.html

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Obama to raise minimum wage for some federal contractors

Obama to raise minimum wage for some federal contractors

President Obama will sign an executive order that will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for some federal contract workers, USA Today reports.

The increase will affect those federal contractors who sign on after Obama's order and will apply only to contract renewals if other terms of the agreement are changed, USA Today reports.

While it is expected that Tuesday's State of the Union speech from the president will emphasize his desire to work with Congress on legislation to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers from its current $7.25 to $10.10, the executive action makes it clear that Obama is not afraid to use his presidential authority.

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‘School Choice NOW’

‘School Choice NOW’

The phrase "School Choice Now" will reverberate in Nashville on Tuesday (Jan. 28th) as multiple groups gather to send the message that "many children continue to be denied their civil right to a quality education."

Billed as the "School Choice NOW Celebration," the event will unfold at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville at noon. Memphis voices will be prominent, with Rep. John DeBerry (D-Memphis, Dist. 90) serving as master of ceremonies and the Rev. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), among the speakers.

SCLC Memphis is partnering with the Federation for Children to sponsor a free bus ride to the event. Boarding at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Southland Mall parking lot (Shelby Dr. and Elvis Presley Blvd.), the bus departs at 6 a.m. Lunch will be included.

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Target customers urged to take advantage of free credit monitoring

Target customers urged to take advantage of free credit monitoring

Tennessee Atty. Gen. Bob Cooper is urging all Tennessee residents who shop at Target stores to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the retail company in the wake of the massive data breach announced last month.

"I strongly encourage any Target customers to take advantage of this offer, regardless of whether they've identified suspicious activity in their personal accounts," said Cooper. "Additionally, consumers should take the proactive steps of monitoring their bank account activity, and changing their PIN numbers and passwords."

Last month, Target reported a data breach in which the payment card information of approximately 40 million customers had been obtained by hackers. The stolen information included credit and debit card data and PIN (personal identification data) numbers. On Jan. 10th, Target revealed that the hackers also stole a second batch of data that included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million people.

 

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Can this ‘do-nothing’ Congress pass a new Voting Rights Act?

Can this ‘do-nothing’ Congress pass a new Voting Rights Act?

A bipartisan group that includes Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) last week unveiled legislation that would rewrite the Voting Rights Act after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of it last year.

The bill would require four states to seek approval from the U.S. Department of Justice for any changes to their voting laws, creates a new formula to determine if states other than those four should also be required to "pre-clear" their voting provisions and in a nod to conservatives, generally exempts "voter ID" laws from federal scrutiny.

Can this actually be passed in a Congress divided by partisanship on nearly every issue? Here's a closer look:

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