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Disparities in vaccine allocation prompt equity initiatives

Apr. 09, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Statewide disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations expose barriers that underserved populations face in avoiding life-threatening infection. Maryland’s early vaccination rollout shows a pattern of racial disparity mostly among Black and Latino residents. Healthcare...

Senate panel holding hearing on lieutenant governor nominee

Apr. 08, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are beginning the process to confirm the state’s next lieutenant governor The state Senate's Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Thursday to consider the nomination of Providence City Council President Sabina Matos,...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

Apr. 08, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she...

Study: Black, Hispanic people disadvantaged in Denver courts

Apr. 07, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A study of decisions made by the Denver district attorney's office has said Black and Hispanic people charged with felonies in Denver face “a persistent set of disadvantages” compared with their white peers. The study found that white people facing...

Commerce Secretary Raimondo defends census privacy method

Apr. 07, 2021 21:48 PM EDT

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Wednesday defended a controversial privacy technique being used by the U.S. Census Bureau in the 2020 census, a method the agency promised would only make small changes to actual numbers in counts of racial and ethnic groups. The...

Nebraska officials pushing back against 'vaccine hesitancy'

Apr. 05, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska cleared a path Monday for adults of all ages to sign up for a coronavirus vaccination, but state officials said they're still trying to overcome “vaccination hesitancy," especially in some minority communities. Gov. Pete Ricketts said state...

Former Houston police chief sworn in to lead Miami force

Apr. 05, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The former police chief in Houston was sworn in Monday as the leader of Miami's police department. Art Acevedo, who was born in Cuba, was the first Hispanic person to lead Houston's police department. He becomes Miami's 42nd police chief. ...

AP-NORC poll: Border woes dent Biden approval on immigration

Apr. 05, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans disapprove than approve of how President Joe Biden is handling the sharply increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and approval of his efforts on larger immigration policy falls short of other top issues —...

Health officials seeking help vaccinating minority residents

Apr. 03, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An office within the Mississippi State Department of Health that works to reduce gaps in access to health care is looking for organizations to host coronavirus vaccination events for Hispanic, Black and Vietnamese residents, as well as people who live in rural areas. ...

Allentown police recruit homegrown Spanish-speaking officers

Apr. 03, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Allentown Police Officer Louis Santiago and his partner recently were called to a home where the kids were refusing to go to school. Santiago, though a rookie, was suited to handle the situation. He grew...