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One in 538: Map sparks fight over electoral vote in Nebraska

Sep. 16, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — A new political map proposed by Nebraska Republicans wouldn't just make it harder for Democrats to win one of the state's three House seats — it would make it a little bit harder for Democrats to win the White House. Nebraska is one of only...

Smoky Mountains park to hold town halls on Black history

Sep. 16, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park have scheduled three town hall events to introduce the public to the history of Blacks within and around the park. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Blacks in...

Boston getting mayor of color as Wu, Essaibi George advance

Sep. 15, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in 200 years, Boston voters have narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to two women of color who will face off against each other in November. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George topped the five-person race in...

Los Angeles County votes to phase out oil and gas drilling

Sep. 15, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to phase out oil and gas drilling and ban new drill sites in the unincorporated areas of the nation's most populous county. Over 1,600 active and idle oil and gas wells in the county could be shuttered after the...

Officials: Police in Elijah McClain hometown racially biased

Sep. 15, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A civil rights investigation that was launched amid outrage over the death of Elijah McClain — a Black man put into a chokehold during an encounter with suburban Denver police two years ago — found a deeply engrained culture of racially biased policing within the...

Bloomington panel backs Black family's name for Jordan Ave

Sep. 15, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington's Plan Commission has endorsed renaming the city's portion of Jordan Avenue after a Black family that rose to prominence after escaping slavery instead of a 19th century Indiana University president who supported eugenics. The...

Nebraska-Oklahoma provided stage for Black stars in '70s

Sep. 15, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Half a century ago, the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry games offered a grand stage for the best Black college football players while the South dragged its feet on integration. With Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers, Rich Glover and Willie Harper and...

Re-defining 'racial equity' may increase donations for it

Sep. 15, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

Though last year's racial justice protests unleashed an avalanche of donations for minority causes, the philanthropic community remains divided about which donations should be counted as advancing racial equity. Candid, a leading philanthropy research organization, told...

Lawsuit: Kansas City police board denies rights of taxpayers

Sep. 15, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners was created and maintained for the discriminatory purpose of denying Black residents their right to control the police department, a lawsuit filed Tuesday contends. Gwen Grant, president and CEO of...

Lawyers push for removal of Missouri courthouse murals

Sep. 15, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two lawyers are demanding the removal of two courthouse murals in Columbia that show a white man pointing a gun at a Native American man, shirtless Black men chained by their ankles, and white men being hanged and whipped. Gary Oxenhandler and Rusty...