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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 1996 file photo, the Rev. Jesse Jackson asks a crowd for donations to the advertising fund to stop Proposition 209 during a rally in the Westwood section of Los Angeles. Jackson was at the rally to speak out against the proposition, which he said would hurt women and people of color. In November 2020, a California with vastly different political preferences and demographics will consider repealing a 1996 law barring state and local governments from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to people based on race, ethnicity, national origin or sex. (AP Photo/Rene Macura, File)

Californians to vote on racial, gender preference programs

Oct. 1, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California with vastly different political preferences and demographics is voting on whether to allow affirmative action in public hiring, contracting and college admissions — nearly a quarter century after voters outlawed programs that give preference based on race and...

Virginia colleges, universities see 1.3% enrollment drop

Oct. 1, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Enrollment at Virginia's colleges and universities declined 1.3% this year. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the figure amounts to a large sigh of relief. University leaders and state officials feared a drop of as much as 20% because of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

FILE - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, civil rights movement activist James Meredith, right, greets a friend with a black power salute as he takes a coffee break at a north Jackson, Miss., grocery store.

James Meredith film weighs 'complicated' civil rights figure

Sep. 30, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A new documentary is diving into the complicated, and sometimes contradictory life of James Meredith, a Black civil rights figure who helped change Mississippi. “Walk Against Fear: James Meredith,” scheduled to air Thursday on the Smithsonian Channel, examines the...

Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'

Sep. 29, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries and the world has not responded with “the massive and urgent support those countries and communities need.” Secretary-General...

Appalachian League leads off in minor league contraction

Sep. 29, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball started the process of eliminating minor league affiliates Tuesday, with the Appalachian League converted to a college summer circuit for rising freshmen and sophomores. The agreement between MLB and the minor leagues expires Wednesday. MLB has proposed cutting the...

Univ. of Michigan cancels study abroad programs due to virus

Sep. 29, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has canceled undergraduate study abroad programs for the school’s upcoming winter term due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, continuing travel restrictions and planning time needed for students. Nearly every country is under a University of...

Springfield college leaders ask city to extend mask mandate

Sep. 29, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of four universities and colleges in Springfield have asked city leaders to extend a mask mandate that is scheduled to end in mid-October to help them keep students and faculty safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Presidents and chancellors of Drury, Evangel and Missouri State...

West Virginia to allow fans at reduced capacity next month

Sep. 29, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will allow the general public to attend football games at a reduced capacity next month, the school announced Monday. WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said attendance will be limited to about 15,000 fans, or 25% capacity, starting with the Oct. 17 home game against...

NJ lawmakers greenlight $4.5B in debt to shore up budget

Sep. 28, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey legislative leaders on Monday gave final approval to $4.5 billion in new state debt they and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy sought to plug budget holes stemming from the virus outbreak. The four-person Select Commission on Emergency COVID-19 Borrowing unanimously approved a...

Samford, Tuskegee partner in new program for law students

Sep. 27, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Samford University and Tuskegee University are joining in a partnership that will let students shave one year off the time needed to earn a law degree. A joint announcement says undergraduate students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree from Tuskegee and a law degree from...