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Alabama seeks to purge racist sections of constitution

Oct. 16, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Constitution still has language stating that schools should be segregated by race and people are to pay poll taxes to vote. While those provisions have long been invalidated by court rulings, they remain in the state’s chief...

Lawsuit: New state legislative map undermines Black voters

Oct. 16, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawsuit seeks to block new Illinois state legislative district maps, saying Black residents of East St. Louis were unconstitionally split up into multiple House districts to help white Democratic incumbents in neighboring districts win reelection. The...

Texas Republicans set to pass new congressional maps

Oct. 16, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday were set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state's booming suburbs. After passage in the Texas House, the maps will go to Republican...

Sisters’ online memories open window to history, their lives

Oct. 16, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sister Francis Louise Honeychuck helped her mother clean a casket factory in Scottdale and watched over the two youngest of her five siblings after her father died in the 1918 flu pandemic, just before she turned 4. “I recall picking up oodles...

Failure is not an option at Twin Cities middle school

Oct. 16, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Under a new grading system at a White Bear Lake middle school, students no longer will be given an F grade — no matter how bad they did on an assignment or test or if it was turned in late or not at all. Instead, the grading system that...

1st Black cannabis entrepreneurs expo coming to New Orleans

Oct. 16, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Peter Labat and his wife Venia are a bit bemused, but also excited, to be among a group of around 2,000 budding marijuana entrepreneurs slated to participate in the first ever Black CannaCon in late November at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. ...

Advisory panel endorses redistricting maps for New Mexico

Oct. 15, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advisory board on redistricting endorsed several plans for realigning the boundaries of political districts across New Mexico on Friday, backing proposed congressional districts that would consolidate Native American representation and strengthen a Hispanic...

New York's likely new mayor plans to preserve gifted program

Oct. 15, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrat who will likely become New York City's next mayor says he does not intend to get rid of the city's program for gifted and talented students, nipping plans that outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced. Brooklyn Borough President Eric...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 15, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

Bangor Daily News. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Welcome home, 2nd Lt. Ernest Vienneau. It only took three quarters of a century. In 1944, Vienneau was a young pilot from Millinocket serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He was...

Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. ...