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Illinois becomes latest state to make Juneteenth a holiday

Jun. 16, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois became the latest state to make Juneteenth an official state holiday as Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure Wednesday near a rare signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The new law making June 19 a paid holiday for state employees and...

Hawaii becomes 49th state to recognize Juneteenth

Jun. 16, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii on Wednesday became the 49th state to officially recognize Juneteenth when the governor signed legislation designating June 19 as a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Gov. David Ige signed the bill just hours before the...

Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Jun. 16, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the nation. The House voted 415-14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk, and...

No apology: Tavis Smiley makes comeback bid after PBS firing

Jun. 16, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after workplace misconduct allegations cost veteran TV and radio talk-show host Tavis Smiley his job and a national forum, he’s ending his silence. Smiley, who continues to deny the claims of unwanted sexual behavior that led PBS to drop...

Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating end of slavery; Biden expected to sign

Jun. 16, 2021 19:35 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating end of slavery; Biden expected to sign.

Test rules out man who said he might be missing Michigan boy

Jun. 16, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A DNA sample from a man hasn't solved the disappearance of a 4-year-old boy at a suburban Detroit shopping mall nearly 30 years ago, police said Wednesday. A test has ruled out a man who stepped forward in 2019 and said he could be D’wan Sims,...

Chlöe, Shahidi, Cordae part of Disney EP honoring Black life

Jun. 16, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is celebrating this year’s Juneteenth with a new EP about the Black experience featuring actor and activist Yara Shahidi, Chlöe Bailey of Chloe x Halle and rapper YBN Cordae, who is donating his proceeds to students attending historically Black colleges and...

COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri areas popular among tourists

Jun. 16, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations such as Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

Vaccine effort turns into slog as infectious variant spreads

Jun. 16, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

As cases tumble and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other prizes failing to persuade some Americans to get vaccinated. “The...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jun. 16, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. June 11, 2021. Editorial: Juneteenth should be a national holiday Although President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862, news of Black slaves’ freedom came at different times for those...