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Nurtured small businesses create 10,000 new jobs

New Detroit business account for most By Yanjie Wang Capital News Service LANSING — With an unemployment rate at 9 percent in July and the loss of 500,000 workers in Michigan since 2001, the good news seems to be the creation of nearly 10,000 jobs in small business across the state since January. The new jobs reflect a situation improved by the business tax reform, regulation revision in the state, as well ...

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Environmental aspects of proposed bridge draw little attention

By Anjana Schroeder Capital News Service LANSING — The long battle over building a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor has been almost free of environmental debate. Instead, opponents and supporters of the proposed project are concentrating on social and economic issues of the project. The Snyder administration says Michigan and Canada have adequately studied the environmental impacts of building the ...

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Xerox announces minority scholarship program

BlackNews.com Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students, and thus is announcing the 2012 Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program. The program awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. The exact scholarship amount award depends on the student’s tuition balance, academic excellence and classif ...

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Local officials optimistic about their fiscal future

By Lauren Gibbons Capital News Service LANSING — A report suggesting local government leaders are more optimistic about their community’s fiscal health could be good news for the state, but officials say there’s still a long road to recovery ahead for many municipalities. Fewer local governments are less able to meet their fiscal 33 percent in 2012 down from 48 percent in 2011, according to a report by the ...

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Angela Davis defines what freedom really means

By Bobbi Booker Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune What is the meaning of freedom? Angela Y. Davis’ life and work have been dedicated to examining this fundamental question and to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural and sexual freedom. “The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues” (City Lights Open Media) is a collection of 12 searing, previousl ...

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Black pastor, Obama critic linked to right-wing conservatives

By Freddie Allen Washington Correspondent NNPA WASHINGTON — Rev. William Owens, a Black minister who has launched a national campaign against President Obama because of his support of same-sex marriage, portrays himself as head of an independent grassroots organization when, in fact, he is being bankrolled by right-wing groups and maintains strong ties to Republican politicians, it has been disclosed. The M ...

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Washington Informer bolstered in its fight for city contracts

Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer The largest District of Coumbia-based African American-owned newspaper has garnered the support of an influential media association as it pursues its quest to continue to be considered a general circulation newspaper in the city. David Honig, the president of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, said The Washington Informer is justified in fight ...

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Community Forum Regarding Milton Hall Shooting

SAGINAW — A viral YouTube video released last week by CNN has civil rights and community leaders, locally and nationally, calling for immediate action and Justice for the family of Milton Hall. The video in question shows Milton arguing and surrounded by police when suddenly officers started to shoot multiple rounds at Mr. Hall, who was known by police and community. The family looks for answers as it is be ...

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Black-owned newspaper fights city agency’s contract decision

By James Wright Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Washington Informer WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of community activists and leaders has staged a rally to protest the denial of a city contract to the largest District-based African American newspaper solely on the basis of it not being a “newspaper of general circulation.” Keith Silver, a Ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner and civil rights ...

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Obama’s race still has bearing on media coverage

By Nadra Kareem Nittle Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Maynard Institute Long before a little-known Illinois politician ran for president, the mainstream media focused on his race. When he flourished as a presidential candidate four years ago, everyone in America knew that Barack Obama was Black. Have his Blackness and extensive coverage of that fact boosted his political career or made it mor ...

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