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To settle discrimination lawsuit, Slidell landlord pays $15,000 and brings in property management company
     (NEW ORLEANS, Sep. 16, 2014) -- A Slidell landlord who was sued for discrimination has agreed to turn over management of his properties to an outside company and will pay the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center $15,000 to settle the lawsuit, the Fair Housing Action Center said Tuesday (Sept. 16).
     The center, which investigates housing discrimination complaints, sued Steven Stubenrauch in federal court in December 2013, alleging that Stubenrauch violated the federal Fair Housing Act by repeatedly misrepresenting the availability of his advertised rental property to African Americans.
     "No one should be excluded from renting a home because of their race,' Fair Housing Action Center Executive Director James Perry said in a news release. FULL STORY at nola.com

U.S. Bank, HUD settle discrimination allegations
     (WASHINGTON, Sep. 16, 2014) -- U.S. Bank has reached a settlement with a housing regulator over allegations the bank discriminated against a Native American couple in denying them a refinance.
     In a complaint filed with HUD, the couple alleged U.S. Bank and its appraiser, Red Sky Risk Services, turned down their refinance application last year, informing them that the bank couldn't make the loan because their property was located on a reservation and could not be appraised.
     Located on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the property is considered to be held in "fee simple," according to HUD, meaning the couple holds the title without restriction. FULL STORY at dsnews.com

Researchers to host exhibit sixty years after family's home attacked
     (LOUISVILLE, KY., Sep. 08, 2014) -- Six decades ago a family's home was attacked in a neighborhood ripped apart by racism. Now, researchers at the University of Louisville are retelling the story about two families and their fight for desegregation and need the public's help.
     Sixty years ago a white couple, Anne and Carl Braden, were put on trail accused of helping a black couple buy a home as part of a communist plot.
     "In order to take land from whites and seed it to blacks to usher in a soviet, socialist United States," said Cate Fosl, with the Anne Braden Institute.
     The night the black couple, Andrew and Charlotte Wade, moved into the Shively home a white cross burned in the yard, their windows were shattered by bullets and later dynamite destroyed part of the home.
     "The dynamite was set right underneath their daughter's bedroom," Fosl said.
     The Wade's were not harmed, but decided to leave. They moved to the city's west end. FULL STORY at wave3.com

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