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Dallas Examiner | 5/5/2013, 8:42 a.m. | Updated on 5/6/2013, 9:16 a.m.

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C.

A Duke University library will get a collection of materials documenting extremist and hate groups compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The collection from the law center’s Intelligence Project is going to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke.

The collection includes nearly 90 boxes of periodicals, pamphlets, flyers and other documents intended for distribution to group members and recruits over the past 30 years.

Scholars say having the collection in a library will allow researchers to examine the histories of hate groups and examine the efforts to monitor and infiltrate them.

The collection includes materials on extremist groups such as neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others.

The law center is based in Montgomery, Ala.

RALEIGH, N.C.

The North Carolina Chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Colored People plans a nonviolent protest against the Republican-led General Assembly.

Chapter president William Barber said he would enter the General Assembly building Monday with religious leaders, students and others to stage a protest with prayer. The group will start with a rally at the Davie Street Presbyterian Church.

The protest is directed at Republican action on health care, unemployment benefits, education and voting rights. The House passed a bill last week requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, which the NAACP views as a poll tax.

Barber said at a church service Sunday that he is not hoping to be arrested but views protest as a justified action mirroring the fights of the 1960s.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.

The Minneapolis Urban League is hosting a forum on MNsure, the state’s new online marketplace for health insurance.

MNsure’s executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, will participate in the panel discussion, which runs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Minneapolis Urban League headquarters.

The exchange will launch this fall. It’s a key part of implementing President Barack Obama’s federal health care law. About 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to get coverage through MNsure, including 300,000 who currently don’t have health insurance.

The website is intended to give consumers the information they need to choose a plan, learn if they qualify for financial assistance and sign up in less than an hour.

Open enrollment begins Oct. 1.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

President Barack Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx, a rising star in Democratic politics, to run the Transportation Department.

Obama announced the nomination from the White House Monday afternoon.

Foxx is the first Black nominee among Obama’s picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. The president has faced questions, including from the Congressional Black Caucus, about a lack of diversity in his first round of nominations after winning re-election.

MONTGOMERY, Ala.

A two-day bus tour to support the Voting Rights Act kicked off Tuesday morning in Jackson, Miss., and wrapped up Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala.

Organizers of the Freedom Riders for Voting Rights tour say it is visiting landmarks of the civil rights movement because a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is considering a request by Shelby County, Ala., to throw out a portion of the law that requires all or parts of 16 states to get federal approval for changes in their election laws to make sure they don’t disenfranchise minorities.