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Attorney Lee Merritt joins race for Texas attorney general

Jul. 13, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who has represented the families of Black people killed by police, joined a crowded 2022 race for Texas attorney general Tuesday against embattled Republican incumbent Ken Paxton. Merritt, who will run as a...

Southern Indiana US Courts to observe Juneteenth on Friday

Jun. 30, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will be closed Friday in a delayed observance of the new Juneteenth National Independence Day, Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced Wednesday. President Joe Biden signed the new federal...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 28, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. June 25, 2021. Editorial: ERCOT shouldn’t be exempt from laws of open government The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been described as a corporation, a nonprofit, a grid operator and a traffic cop. Now, with the...

Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, is marked across US

Jun. 19, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

Parades, picnics and lessons in history were offered Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth in the U.S., a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to observe the end of slavery. A new holiday was “really...

EXPLAINER: The story of Juneteenth, the new federal holiday

Jun. 18, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

The U.S. government is catching up with Black people who have been commemorating the end of slavery in the United States for generations with a day called “Juneteenth.” President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday that was passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or...

NJ law bars landlords from asking about criminal histories

Jun. 18, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey landlords won't be able to inquire about potential renters' criminal histories under a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Fair Chance in Housing Act on what was the state's first official celebration...

Juneteenth becomes official state holiday in WA in 2022

Jun. 18, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden this week signed legislation establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery – a move lawmakers made for Washington state earlier this year. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last month signed a measure making Juneteenth...

Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Jun. 18, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. ...

Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their...

Ivey: Alabama state offices to close for Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 17, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that state offices will close Friday for Juneteenth, the new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America. Ivey issued the proclamation Thursday after President Joe Biden signed...