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Honor guard members from the Mississippi National Guard practice folding the former Mississippi flag before a ceremony to retire the banner on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, inside the state Capitol in Jackson. The ceremony happened a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law that removed the flag's official status as a state symbol. The 126-year-old banner was the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

Mississippi could drop Jim Crow-era statewide voting process

Jul. 4, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era. Facing pressure from a lawsuit and the possibility of action from a federal judge, legislators are...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, then Rep. Cory Wilson, R-Madison, discusses a transportation issue during a House Transportation Committee meeting at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi, despite Democratic objections over derisive comments he made about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care legislation. The GOP-led panel endorsed Mississippi Appeals Court Judge Cory Wilson Thursday on a 12-10, party line vote. The nomination now goes to the full Senate.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Senate approves 200th federal judge nominated by Trump

Jun. 24, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved the nomination of a Mississippi judge to a federal appeals court, the 200th federal judge named by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-controlled chamber. It's the highest number of judicial nominees confirmed at this stage of a presidency in...

Retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor June Rogers is shown, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Wyandotte, Mich. Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency has discriminated against its African American employees for decades.

Retired DEA agents say agency has legacy of discrimination

Jun. 18, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has discriminated against its African-American employees for decades. The group of retired agents said in a statement sent to news organizations this week that Attorney General...

Law enforcement officials applaud after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on police reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs order on police reform, doesn't mention racism

Jun. 17, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order he said would encourage better police practices. But he made no mention of the roiling national debate over racism spawned by police killings of black people. Trump...

Law enforcement officials applaud after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on police reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs order on police reform, doesn't mention racism

Jun. 16, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would encourage better police practices. But he made no mention of the roiling national debate over racism spawned by police killings of black men...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, then Rep. Cory Wilson, R-Madison, discusses a transportation issue during a House Transportation Committee meeting at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi, despite Democratic objections over derisive comments he made about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care legislation. The GOP-led panel endorsed Mississippi Appeals Court Judge Cory Wilson Thursday on a 12-10, party line vote. The nomination now goes to the full Senate.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Senate panel advances Mississippi appeals court nominee

Jun. 11, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi, despite Democratic objections over derisive comments he made about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care legislation. The GOP-led panel endorsed Mississippi Appeals...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and other Congressional Democrats, speaks during a news conference to unveil policing reform and equal justice legislation on Capitol Hill, Monday, June 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A look at Democrats' sweeping proposals to overhaul policing

Jun. 9, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are proposing an overhaul of police procedures and accountability after the mass protests over the deaths of black Americans at the hand of law enforcement. The Justice in Policing Act is among the most ambitious law enforcement reforms from Congress in years and...

Philonise Floyd, center is comforted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and attorney Benjamin Crump, right at a news conference during a public visitation for his brother George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Monday, June 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Thousands mourn George Floyd in Texas amid calls for reform

Jun. 8, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The last chance for the public to say goodbye to George Floyd drew thousands of mourners Monday to a church in Houston where he grew up, as his death two weeks ago continues to stoke protests in America and beyond over racial injustice, and spurred France to abruptly halt the use of police...

A demonstrator climbs on a car and holds a sign Sunday June, 7, 2020 in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, during a protest over the death of George Floyd who died May 25 after he was restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Police show less force as peaceful protests push reform

Jun. 7, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

Police around the U.S. took a less aggressive stance and even sometimes joined protesters demanding a reckoning with institutional racism, as leaders in the city at the center of the latest call for police reforms pushed Sunday to dismantle its department. Two weeks after George Floyd, a black unemployed bouncer,...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2017, file photo, newly appointed Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo takes the oath of office as his daughter Nyasia looks on during a public swearing-in ceremony, in Minneapolis. George Floyd’s death and the protests it ignited nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality have raised questions about whether Arradondo — or any chief — can fix a department that's now facing a civil rights investigation. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Minneapolis council majority backs disbanding police force

Jun. 7, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday they support disbanding the city's police department, an aggressive stance that comes just as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd's death. Nine of the council’s 12 members...