HUD Chief Seeks Broadband Access for the Poor

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants to provide broadband access to public housing residents in an effort to increase socioeconomic mobility among poor and low-income families. “We think [broadband access] is important because the world requires a connection to the Internet now,” said Castro. He […]

California Offers April 30 Health Insurance Sign-up Extension for Uninsured

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – California will offer a special extension to buy health insurance through the state exchange for people who say they weren’t aware they would face a tax penalty for being uninsured. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee announced the extension until April 30. He said Friday that as many as 600,000 residents may […]

Condoleezza Rice Tops California Voters’ US Senate Wish List

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California’s U.S. Senate race next year is wide open. That’s the finding of an independent Field Poll released Wednesday that says voters are open to considering a wide range of possible candidates for the seat being vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer when her term ends. The name that landed at the top of the list […]

AIDS number 1 killer of adolescents in Africa

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NAIROBI (AP) – AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said Tuesday. About 120,000 people aged between 10-19 years died of AIDs-related illnesses in 2013, eight international organizations said while launching a global campaign in Kenya to […]

GEICO discriminates against unmarried low income drivers

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SACRAMENTO (PRNewswire-USNewswire)- In a petition filed with the California Department of Insurance, Consumer Federation of California alleges GEICO illegally deceives and discriminates against unmarried, lower or moderate-income motorists by quoting them much higher minimum coverage levels than permitted under state law. CFC is calling on the Department of Insurance to enforce insurance and civil rights […]

California’s Medi-Cal program for poor grows to 12 million

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them. Medi-Cal, the $95 billion joint federal-state […]

Ty Corbin Out – George Karl in as Coach of the Sacramento Kings

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SACRAMENTO — Tyrone Corbin did nothing but handle the situation with pure professionalism with all types of speculations swirling around him that he would be replace as the Sacramento Kings head coach during the NBA’s All-Star break. Corbin, knew his time was short when he took the position in December. That time has arrived. The […]

Cooper to head Select Committee on Law Enforcement Relations & Responsibilities

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins this week as chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Community and Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities. The goal of the Committee is to explore how to build strong, trusting and collaborative relationships between communities and local law enforcement through education […]

Report: Black girls should matter,too when it comes to school discipline

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Black girls are disproportionately suffering from punitive school disciplinary policies and actions yet society fails to take note of their plight the way attention is focused on Black males who get trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a report by the African American Policy Forum, a New York-based national think tank connecting […]

Sacramento celebrates Black History Month

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SACRAMENTO – It’s that time of year when Sacramento comes alive with activities and programs celebrating the vast achievements and contributions of African Americans to the region, and the world. February is Black History Month and a number of related events have been planned locally. The following is a brief list compiled by the OBSERVER […]