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“There’s even more work to be done for our portion of the business sector to recover and make advancements,” Evans said.

To increase access to capital for minority business owners, Evans and his organization support an effort by state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford to create a revolving loan fund for disadvantaged businesses.

“The fact that we could create a revolving loan fund that is targeted to… helping out the traditionally underserved or unserved individual so that they can develop themselves that’s good not only for the specific African-American community or the Latino community, it’s good for the overall community,” he said.

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Delaware is poised to go back to the future with its approach to auto insurance. Inspired by California’s 1988 ballot initiative, Proposition 103, new Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro wants the First State to embrace the insurance equivalent of a Casio Walkman in an era of big data, telematics, and self-driving vehicles.

Navarro has thrown his weight behindHB 80, sponsored by Rep. Trey Charles Paradee, D-Cheswold.Like Prop 103, the Delaware legislation would strictly limit which factors an insurance company may take into account when underwriting consumers and setting rates. In arecent op-ed, Navarro argued that factors such as credit scores, marital status, and employment...

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Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, a Jefferson City Republican who is sponsoring the bill on the Senate side, said the private funding makes the new arts center a smart financial move for the state, which would own the facility.

“So you’re going to be able to put an asset on your balance sheet for half the price,” Kehoe said.

But the bill could face opposition from Senate Republicans who think the state should not take on additional debt during a budget shortfall.

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In this Jan. 16, 2008 photo, Bishop Michael Warfel, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, speaks before communion during his installation as the seventh bishop of the diocese at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Great Falls, Montana. Warfel announced Friday, March 31, 2017, the diocese was filing for bankruptcy as part of a settlement with 72 people who filed sex claims against priests, nuns and lay church workers. (Casey Page/The Billings Gazette via AP.)

On behalf of the entire Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, a sister or a lay church worker, Bishop Michael Warfel said...

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The teen clothing store, Rue21 may be the latest retailer to file bankruptcy. According to Bloomberg, the company is preparing to do it as soon as this month.

There are over 1,000 Rue21 stores across the county, one in West Fargo off 13th Avenue. We reached out to Rue21 to see if they are planning to close any stores, we havent heard back yet.

Recently, a number of stores have been in the news for either filing bankruptcy or closing locations. Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears, Gordman’s, Wet Seal, The Limited, and more.

Vanessa Stumpf of Bismarck says, I feel like those are really well established businesses, they are really well known names, and I think its sad they...

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At the end of the 15 years, the property will be returned to the SHA.

Tim Schweizer, chairman of the SHA’s board of trustees, said the arrangement offers a lot of advantages to the local housing authority.

“We are getting private investment to help redevelop housing for low-income people in Springfield. It’s a win-win for the community to have private investment help us get these units rehabbed,” Schweitzer said.

On Wednesday, the SHA board approved an early start agreement with Bear Development LLC of Kenosha, Wisconsin, to oversee the project. The preliminary construction cost is about $2 million, which will come from investors and other private...

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At its meeting Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to officially establish the Reston Transportation Service District, part of the 40-year, $2.27 billion plan to upgrade roadways in Reston’s Transit Station Area.

Supervisors in February approved the project’s funding plan, which includes a proposed 2.1 cent/$100 of assessed value tax assessed to properties in the Transit Station Area. That rate will be discussed and finalized when the county budget is approved in May.

The overall project includes road widening and upgrades to intersections and interchanges, in addition toconstruction of new Dulles Toll Road crossings, including at Town Center Parkway...

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By the people, for the people
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Last November, the Palo Alto City Council received a surprise visit from a famously hooded local resident.

It wasnt Mark Zuckerberg but Sequoia, a 28-year-old bald eagle who lives at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo and who attended the meeting as part of a presentation about the zoos impending renovation.

Minutes later, the council received another treat: an announcement that Friends of the Junior Museum and Zoo was about to complete its $25 million campaign to greatly expand the beloved Rinconada Park institutions — an effort that the group officially completed in February with the help of $10 million of community donations and a $15 million matching grant from the Peery...

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Institute participants from around the country included K-12 teachers, librarians, and media specialists selected by the George Washington Teacher Institute in a competitive application process.

The George Washington Teacher Institute, founded in 1999, provides K-12 educators with professional development opportunities throughout the year through residential, online, and regional programming, as well as teacher fellowships.

Private funding supports full-scholarships for residential program participants, including a transportation stipend, to qualified educators from select states. In 2017, 160 educators from across the nation will benefit from the George Washington Teacher Institute...

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