Latest Community and neighborhood groups News

Federal officials in Houston to investigate highway project

Dec. 06, 2021 18:45 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal officials investigating a disputed $9 billon Houston area highway widening project heard the complaints of residents and activists on Monday who argued the proposal would cause lasting economic and environmental damage to their communities. Federal Highway...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 03, 2021 16:24 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. December 1, 2021. Editorial: Some of our state’s most serious crimes go unreported The rate of offenses continues to fall in Maine, but that figure doesn’t say it all. There’s a lot to learn from...

Belarus mother imprisoned for 'unsanctioned mass gatherings'

Dec. 03, 2021 12:34 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Belarus court on Friday sentenced a neighborhood activist to four years in prison for creating an “extremist group” on the messaging app Telegram, the country's top rights group, Viasna, reported. Volha Zalatar, a 38-year old mother of five...

Group urges Madison officials to keep homeless camp open

Nov. 26, 2021 11:09 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A community group is urging officials in Madison to back off on plans to shut down a homeless encampment in a city park. City officials have posted notices that camping won’t be allowed in Reindahl Park on Madison's east side after Dec. 6 and all...

Colorado debates bonding for closing, cleaning orphan wells

Nov. 25, 2021 10:16 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Proposed reforms meant to ensure taxpayers don’t get stuck paying to clean up oil and gas sites could actually leave the public open to eventually covering billions of dollars in costs, environmentalists and local governments contend. The Colorado Oil...

Houston highway project sparks debate over racial equity

Nov. 24, 2021 16:39 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A $9 billion highway widening project being proposed in the Houston area could become an important test of the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing what it has said is a history of racial inequity with infrastructure projects in the U.S. The...

Nonprofit to redevelop bank damaged during Floyd protests

Nov. 23, 2021 11:44 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis bank that was badly damaged during protests over the death of George Floyd is giving the property to a nonprofit developer to build affordable housing, commercial space and a home for cultural organizations. The 2.4-acre U.S. Bank site,...

Needy get free Thanksgiving turkeys as holiday approaches

Nov. 22, 2021 17:38 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Volunteers gave out hundreds of free Thanksgiving turkeys Monday as the holidays approach and charities work to help people get what they need to celebrate. The event at the American Legion's Post No. 65 in south Phoenix helped out about 1,000 families....

Six Black women doctors in NC took on vaccine inequality

Nov. 22, 2021 13:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Before they became known as the Sister Circle and appeared on the “CBS Evening News,” the six African-American doctors were friends and colleagues at WakeMed in Raleigh. Their conversations became more frequent and pointed last year, as the...

Florida family faces fine for early Christmas lights display

Nov. 19, 2021 09:30 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida family is in trouble with their homeowners association for putting up their Christmas lights too early. The Moffa family hired a company to decorate the yard of their Tampa home on Nov. 6, WFLA reported. Days later, they...