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Hard Rock casino's charitable donations top $1M in 4 years

Jun. 28, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino marked its fourth anniversary on Tuesday by making donations to four local charities, putting the casino's total charitable donations past the $1 million mark. The casino donated $10,000 each to the Atlantic...

Tennessee Education Dept awards $27M in tutoring grants

Jun. 23, 2022 04:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials have awarded $27 million in grants for five community organizations to start tutoring programs in the 2022-2023 school year. The state Department of Education says the Tennessee Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps Community...

No tickets yet from team enforcing Denver's camping ban

Jun. 18, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The temperature ticked upward recently as members of Denver’s Street Enforcement Team talked with two men living in tents and under patio umbrellas near a scrap yard just south of the Auraria Campus. The team, known as SET, had been here before and was looking for a...

National groups flooding local prosecutor races with money

Jun. 10, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A local district attorney's race in Maine wasn't generating much attention until a political action committee linked to a deep-pocketed liberal donor with international name recognition suddenly took an interest. A super PAC funded by George Soros, the...

Mass shootings intensify reform efforts at grassroots level

Jun. 07, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

With protests planned for Saturday after the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Buffalo, New York, gun control advocates hope to intensify pressure on Congress to pass laws and additional funding for research to help curb the growing violence. And they say they're...

Nicaragua government laying waste to civil society

Jun. 02, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua’s Sandinista-controlled congress has cancelled nearly 200 nongovernmental organizations this week, ranging from a local equestrian center to the 94-year-old Nicaraguan Academy of Letters, in what critics say is President Daniel Ortega’s attempt to eliminate the...

Man accused of placing neo-Nazi sticker at immigrant center

May. 28, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A suburban Portland, Oregon, man was arraigned in court Friday for allegedly placing a white-supremacist, neo-Nazi sticker near an immigrant community center in east Portland, and police said more than a dozen guns were found during a search of his car and residence. ...

Kansas equity efforts bring little change after George Floyd

May. 28, 2022 09:18 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — First she saw the graphic cellphone video showing Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death in Georgia, then news that Breonna Taylor had been shot in her Kentucky home during a botched drug raid. But when Teresa Parks watched videos of the white Minneapolis police officer pressing his...

Episcopal diocese awards $175K in reparations fund grants

May. 27, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has awarded $175,000 in grants to community organizations from a fund established to make reparations for systemic racism and slavery. The diocese announced Thursday that six organizations doing the work of “restoring African...

State of Maine asked to oversee services for asylum seekers

May. 24, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nonprofits and community organizations want the state to begin coordinating services for asylum seekers after Maine's largest city announced this month that it could no longer guarantee housing. All told, 79 organizations signed the letter, dated Friday, that...