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Today in History

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2019. There are 78 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager (YAY'-gur) became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1)...

Superintendent named for sites in Birmingham, Anniston

Oct. 13, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The National Park Service has named a superintendent to oversee new civil rights historical sites in Birmingham and Anniston. The federal agency says Kris Butcher will take over at the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and the Freedom Riders National Monument starting Oct....

70 years after desegregation, UK looks forward and back

Oct. 13, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Imar Hutchins imagines his grandfather in swathes of bright color, in photographs of Muhammad Ali reading to children and in snippets of death threats he received throughout his long life, including one from the Louisville KKK: "NO GOOD N----- YOU SHOULD BE SHOT FOR WHAT YOU STAND...

Grant to help Detroit church with rich civil rights history

Oct. 12, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit church that served as a popular venue for national civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, is getting a grant for needed renovations. The National Park Service has awarded the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office $500,000 for King...

Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history

Oct. 8, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor of Montgomery...

Lawrence NAACP pushes for memorial for 1882 lynching victims

Oct. 4, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After Pete Vinegar was lynched at the Kansas River bridge near downtown Lawrence, the body of the Lawrence man _ believed to be a former slave who left the South with his family _ was taken down and buried in the potter's field. Vinegar's interment record contains little more than his...

Voters in Memphis choose incumbent mayor for another term

Oct. 3, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jim Strickland, the mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, likes to say the city has momentum. Voters appear to agree with him. Strickland won a big victory Thursday for the opportunity to lead the soulful Mississippi River city for another four years. He soundly defeated several other mayoral...

3-way battle for Memphis mayor marked by bitter conflicts

Oct. 1, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Even in an era known for divisive politics nationally, this year's race for Memphis mayor stands out, with accusations of racism, a magazine caricature widely viewed as offensive, a candidate who refuses to mention a female opponent by name and a dustup over homophobic tweets from...

Wisconsin weighs felony for actions against pipelines

Sep. 26, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan proposal making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines in Wisconsin is moving through the state Legislature, despite complaints Thursday from opponents that it would violate free speech rights. The bill heard by a state Assembly committee builds upon a 2015...

New project highlights civil rights sites in Alabama

Sep. 25, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new project is highlighting some of the places in Alabama that played a role in the civil rights movement. An online, oral history presentation called "Voices of Alabama" features photos of historic sites and interviews with some of the people who worked with the civil rights...