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ericholderU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Missouri today to review the Department of Justice's ongoing independent investigation into the tragic death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

In an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Attorney General Holder pledged to help find justice for a community that is rightfully hurting and looking for answers:

(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Forty-nine years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act and one year after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted a vital protection of that act, a new report from the National Commission on Voting Rights found frequent and ongoing voting rights discrimination.

Michael Brown could have survived five of the six gunshots fired at him by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, but the last shot to the top of his head killed him, a privately conducted autopsy found.

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(Reuters) - U.S. police said early on Tuesday they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation’s first black president.

Brent WilkesWASHINGTON- By many accounts, the economy is prospering again and the housing market is on the road to recovery. But, reality is nowhere near as comforting as fiction, and the facts point to a very different reality faced by working families and minority communities, especially in the barrios. 

Risk of Pregnancy Deaths Four Times Greater

site_pics_med_lewis.jpgWASHINGTON—High rates of obesity, high blood pressure and inadequate prenatal care cause death from childbirth more often for African-Americans in the United States than for whites and other ethnic groups. Worsening this trend are the increasing numbers of cesarean sections nationally. These procedures can result in deadly complications for women dangerously overweight or suffering from hypertension or other ailments.

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The Jersey City Fire Department made city history today when Tara Walker became the first black woman firefighter in the department's 143-year history.

"I knew there were a few women; they were teasing me, and things like that," Walker said in a (Jersey City) Ch. 7 Eyewitness News interview.

Walker, 31, a high school girls basketball legend who scored 2,376 points in her Marist High School career, is now one of six women in the department. She was one of 26 sworn in at the City Hall ceremony.

The diverse class includes two black men, four Hispanic men and an Asian man, city officials pointed out.

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Receiving hundreds of responses, Cherry Bekaert Benefits Consulting LLC (“CBBC”) has announced the results from its 2014 Affordable Care Act Survey (“ACA Survey”).

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