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Members of the Senate, including Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, left, Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke, center and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, right, placed roses on the desk of the late Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, on opening day of the General Assembly inside the Science Museum in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  Chafin died on Jan. 1 due to complications related to the coronavirus. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Northam outlines priorities to lawmakers as session begins

Jan. 13, 2021 8:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam outlined his plans to legalize marijuana and announced his intention to give teachers a raise Wednesday during an annual address to state lawmakers. The governor gave his State of the Commonwealth speech on the first day of the 2021 legislative...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2011, file photo, Harry E. Johnson Sr., left, president & CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation, takes Tuskegee Airmen, including Theodore Lumpkin Jr., center, and Dabney Montgomery, right, on a tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Lumpkin has died from complications of the coronavirus, it was announced Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Lumpkin was just days short of his 101st birthday. Lumpkin, a Los Angeles native, died Dec. 26, according to a statement from Los Angeles City College, which he attended from 1938 to 1940. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies from coronavirus

Jan. 9, 2021 12:30 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the famed Tuskegee Airmen — the first Black pilots in the segregated U.S. military and among the most respected fighter pilots of World War II — has died from complications of the coronavirus, it was announced Friday. Theodore Lumpkin Jr. was just days short of his...

This image released by PBS shows Tamara Lawrance, left, and Hayley Atwell in a scene from the miniseries

PBS' 'Masterpiece' marks 50th year with challenges ahead

Jan. 8, 2021 6:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As PBS’ “Masterpiece” marks its 50th anniversary Sunday, the drama and mystery showcase could rest on its reputation built with acclaimed programs including “I, Claudius” and “Elizabeth R" and polished anew by surprising pop-culture hits...

Study: Women, minorities make small gains in FBS leadership

Jan. 6, 2021 3:59 PM EST

A diversity study finds increasing numbers of women and people of color in leadership positions at the Football Bowl Subdivision level of college athletics for 2020, though not enough to overcome a significant “underrepresentation." Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics...

Citizens chosen for Virginia bipartisan redistricting panel

Jan. 6, 2021 12:53 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of judges has selected eight citizens who will join eight legislators on a bipartisan commission that will redraw Virginia's legislative boundaries for the next decade. A referendum approved by voters in November creates the 16-member commission to draw lines for Virginia's...

Woman hailed as model for refugee integration slain in Italy

Dec. 30, 2020 12:10 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Police in northern Italy on Wednesday arrested an ex-employee of an agricultural business in the slaying of his former boss, an Ethiopian refugee who had been hailed as a model of integration for building a successful goat farming operation after she arrived in Italy 10 years ago. The...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon has endorsed a new slate of initiatives to expand diversity within the ranks and reduce prejudice, including in recruiting, retention and professional development across the force. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon memo maps out plan to expand diversity in the force

Dec. 18, 2020 4:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has endorsed a new slate of initiatives to expand diversity within the ranks and reduce prejudice, calling for more aggressive efforts to recruit, retain and promote a more racially and ethnically diverse force, The Associated Press learned on Friday. Acting Defense Secretary...

School board to pay $320K to teacher suit over dismissal

Dec. 17, 2020 8:40 AM EST

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Opelika's city school board will pay $320,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former teacher who claimed she was dismissed in retaliation for speaking out about the mistreatment of a special education student. The Opelika-Auburn News reported that members agreed Monday to end the suit...

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Rumor forces Maryland school to dig into its racial history

Dec. 12, 2020 9:00 AM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — While it may not have been widely known among students and faculty at the prominent Jesuit boys school on a lush campus in Towson, an apocryphal story about its history survived for decades just under the surface. It goes like this: When Loyola Blakefield High School outgrew its city...

Kansas City fire department accused of long-standing racism

Dec. 11, 2020 2:25 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials in Kansas City, Missouri, are pushing the leader of the city's fire department to address longstanding discrimination against Black firefighters, after a newspaper investigation found Black and female firefighters have been blocked from promotions and faced harassment for...