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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With a little more than a month left before the annual Carnival parade competition in Rio de Janeiro, samba schools in the the Grupo Especial (Special Group) have yet to receive the entire sum of financial aid the municipal government promised them, according to local news reports.

According to the O Globo newspaper, approximately thirty percent of the R$600,000 for each of the twelve samba schools in the group has yet to be paid. The local government promised R$2 million in financial aid this year . . .

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