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NC educators meet to address school violence, other issues

Aug. 01, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

Educators from across North Carolina are gathering for four days of training on how to support young children and adolescents facing an outbreak of violence and other problems. The RISE Conference in Greensboro is sponsored by the Center for Safer Schools, part of the N.C. Department...

Hannah-Jones: Settlement to support Black faculty, students

Jul. 19, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A settlement between journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill linked to her tenure dispute in 2021 contains concessions designed to help faculty and students of color, according to her post on Twitter on Tuesday. ...

Feds to investigate Maryland State Police hiring practices

Jul. 15, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into the Maryland State Police to determine if the agency engaged in racially discriminatory hiring and promotion practices, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Word of the investigation follows a series of complaints from...

EEOC: 2 fired for not joining company Christian prayer

Jun. 28, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

Two employees with a North Carolina company say they were fired after refusing to participate in the firm’s daily Christian prayer meetings, which they said went against their respective religious beliefs, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. ...

After Roe's demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

Jun. 26, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

Praise and lament for the overturning of abortion rights filled sacred spaces this weekend as clergy across the U.S. rearranged worship plans or rewrote sermons to provide their religious context -- and competing messages -- about the historic moment. Abortion is a visceral issue...

Trans people can correct sex on North Carolina birth records

Jun. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

Transgender people born in North Carolina may now correct the sex designation on their birth certificate without undergoing surgery after a consent judgment issued by a federal court, attorneys for the plaintiffs said Thursday. “This is a victory for all transgender people born in...

Black man wrestled to ground, jailed after traffic stop

Jun. 22, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

A Black man from Mississippi is appealing his conviction on charges stemming from a traffic stop in North Carolina in 2020 in which a white National Park Service officer forced him to the ground for not putting his hands behind his back to be frisked. Marvin Minor was sentenced to...

Freedom riders' 1947 convictions vacated in North Carolina

Jun. 17, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Legendary civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and three other men who were sentenced to work on a chain gang in North Carolina after they launched the first of the “freedom rides” to challenge Jim Crow laws had their convictions posthumously vacated Friday, more than...

North Carolina patrol releases video of fatal shooting

Jun. 07, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

A motorist had a gun in his hand as he stepped out of a pickup truck during a traffic stop for not wearing a seat belt and was fatally shot by a North Carolina state trooper, a video released Tuesday by the State Highway Patrol showed. Trooper Rodney Cook, a 16-year veteran of the...

$3M settlement reached in lawsuit over Black man's death

Jun. 06, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

A North Carolina sheriff's office announced a $3 million settlement on Monday in a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed Black man who was shot and killed in his car by sheriff’s deputies more than a year ago. The family of Andrew Brown Jr. had filed a $30 million civil rights...