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Stephanie Byers conducts a band class at Wichita North High on April 23, 2018. Byers ran unopposed and won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the 86th District of the Kansas House of Representatives. Byers has since retired from teaching. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Kansas poised to elect its first openly transgender lawmaker

Aug. 7, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A retired music teacher would become the first openly transgender member of the deeply conservative Kansas Legislature if she's elected from a Democratic-leaning district she's expected to win. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, would join the ranks of other transgender people who have...

Nevada law expands some jobless benefits, targets backlog

Aug. 6, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a law Thursday giving state officials more flexibility to attack a backlog of jobless claims and extend benefits for additional Nevadans out of work in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Health officials also said they believe they have...

The Latest: Barnett wins Democratic primary in Kansas 1st

Aug. 4, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on Kansas' primary election (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Kali Barnett has won the Democratic primary in Kansas’ 1st District. The 35-year-old author and music teacher from Garden City defeated Christy Davis, the former executive director of Symphony in the Flint...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Roc Nation partners with Brooklyn’s LIU to launch new school

Aug. 4, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class...

Arizona teacher who resigned over COVID-19 fears faces fine

Aug. 1, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area music teacher who resigned after being told he'd have to be on campus to teach virtual classes amid the pandemic is facing a $2,000 fine. The Dysart Unified School District is set to charge Tavious Peterkin, a music teacher at an El Mirage school, to release him from his...

This July 25, 2020 photo shows Amy Micallef posing with her craft creations at her home. While Broadway stages remain dark due to the pandemic, Broadway workers are concentrating on side hustles. Micallef, a Broadway seamstress who has worked in the wardrobe departments of “Hamilton,” “Waitress” and “Frozen,” makes gleeful representations of COVID-19 for sale, complete with a pair of eyes and faux fur. (Amy Micallef via AP)

Plush toys, jewelry, dance lessons — Broadway's side hustles

Jul. 30, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway seamstress Amy Micallef hasn't put her talent on hold while theaters are shut. She's been making plush toys — unusual plush toys. Micallef, who has worked in the wardrobe departments of “Hamilton,” “Waitress” and “Frozen,” makes...

Notre Dame doctoral student uses music to bridge cultures

Jul. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — “Not now” doesn’t mean “not ever.” Emorja Roberson knew that he wanted to lead the music ministry in a church, and when a woman who was his church’s minister moved away, Roberson made his desire known. He was a grade school student in...

Black aging researcher Detroit to head UNLV

Jul. 23, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A university administrator and African American families researcher from Detroit has been hired as the new president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, university officials announced Thursday. Keith Whitfield, a psychology professor and provost at Wayne State University in Michigan,...

University of Delaware will hold online classes in the fall

Jul. 23, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — The University of Delaware will hold most of its courses online in the fall because of rising coronavirus cases among young people, officials said. The school originally wanted to have a hybrid learning plan in the fall with in-person and online classes but on Tuesday, a letter to...

Indiana high school marching band competitions canceled

Jul. 17, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As schools continue to weigh decisions about the start of the new academic year, high school competitions for the fall marching band season have been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Indiana State School Music Association announced Friday that the...