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Analysis: Defeated lawmaker questions validity of election

Dec. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A one-term state lawmaker in Mississippi is contesting her narrow loss in the general election, saying she believes voting irregularities raise questions about the fairness of the election process. Republican Ashley Henley has filed a petition asking the House of Representatives to...

City to consider renaming commercial center 'Nubian Square'

Dec. 15, 2019 3:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston officials are expected to consider renaming the square in a historically black neighborhood to Nubian Square. Sadiki Kambon, chair of Nubian Square Coalition, says his group's proposal is expected to go before the Public Improvement Commission on Thursday. Democratic Mayor Marty...

Former Gary, Indiana, Mayor Richard Hatcher dead at 86

Dec. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EST

Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, who became one of the first black mayors of a big U.S. city when he was elected in 1967, has died. He was 86. Hatcher died Friday night at a Chicago hospital, said his daughter, Indiana state Rep. Ragen Hatcher, a Gary Democrat. She did not provide a cause of her father's death....

Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery

Dec. 14, 2019 9:17 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies. Georgetown University and two theological seminaries have announced...

Female first responders find flourishing careers in Virginia

Dec. 14, 2019 9:01 AM EST

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — It was in 1988 when the Danville Fire Department culled through 300 applications to hire a new batch of firefighters. Among those applicants, only 30 were hired and sent through an eight-week program. Just one woman made the cut to attend the academy: Shelby Irving, an African American...

Rapper Scarface in runoff for Houston City Council seat

Dec. 13, 2019 5:38 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boys, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing...

Repercussions over UNC's "Silent Sam" statue deal continue

Dec. 13, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Critics on Friday pushed back against a deal to protect a Civil War statue that once stood on the University of North Carolina's flagship campus and give $2.5 million to a neo-Confederate organization, as a civil rights group objected to it in court and a foundation withdrew a grant....

George P. Bush says GOP can't let 'racist' episodes slide

Dec. 12, 2019 5:45 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican George P. Bush, the only member of the Bush dynasty still in public office, condemned Thursday recurring episodes of what he described as racist or hateful rhetoric within the Texas GOP, and ripped what he called false accusations fanned by his Hispanic heritage. Bush,...

Once-thriving black community becomes debated redevelopment

Dec. 12, 2019 5:22 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Before it was the name of a downtown development plan, Navy Hill was the neighborhood Faithe Norrell called home. “I just remember it as a really warm community, where everyone wanted to know your accomplishments,” said Norrell, a retired educator who worked with...

Mississippi university honoring civil rights activist Dahmer

Dec. 12, 2019 4:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi is awarding an honorary degree to civil rights activist Ellie Dahmer, who worked alongside her husband to register African American voters during some of the most violent years of segregation. Vernon Dahmer was a farmer and shop owner and served...