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Nov 27 / Press

“Austin's two traditionally black newspapers NOKOA-The Observer and The Villager hosted an Austin City Council candidate forum Tuesday evening to draw attention to issues facing Austin's black community. The newspapers' editors both said the city's black community faces some tough issues, some of which the city has failed to address. "It's very important that the next city council be more considerate about what African-Americans go through," attendee James Price said. "I'm going in here with open ears and open mind and hopefully, I hear something that is very beneficial, not just for African-Americans, but all citizens." As Austin expands and downtown grows eastward, community leaders want council members to remember . "Education is most important. Jobs are crucial," NOKOA Editor and Publisher Akwasi Evans said. "If we have the support of the city we can definitely be a prosperous community," Price said. ”

“The Austin City Council will vote Thursday on forming a group to coordinate better plans for the 2010 Texas Relays. Council Member Sheryl Cole is concerned because various businesses like Highland Mall closed early or altogether before the relays even began this year, citing safety concerns. ”