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Uinta County immigration detention center plans canceled

Apr. 9, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Construction plans for an immigration detention center in Uinta County have been canceled after several groups protested against the southwestern Wyoming facility. CoreCivic was planning to build the facility for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold about 1,000 people in...

In this April 7, 2020, photo, Erica Harris, right, and her daughter Jordan, wear their protective masks as they walk back home after getting a lunch and homework from the child’s school on Chicago’s Southside in Chicago. As the coronavirus tightened its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population, black Americans. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans

Apr. 8, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

As the coronavirus tightens its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population — black Americans. Democratic lawmakers and community leaders in cities hard-hit by the pandemic have been sounding the alarm over what they see as a disturbing...

A woman leaves Elmhurst Hospital Center after being tested for COVID-19 or coronavirus during the current viral pandemic, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mayor says virus has hit black, Hispanic New Yorkers hard

Apr. 8, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New data shows New York City’s death toll from COVID-19 has been disproportionately high in black and Hispanic communities. And deaths continue to rise statewide at a record pace, even as stay-at-home restrictions show signs of working. Here are the latest coronavirus developments in...

Highlands University students to help museums go virtual

Apr. 8, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Highlands University students are working with state officials to bring online visitors to New Mexico museums later this spring. The university announced this week students in the school’s Media Arts and Technology Department are offering a free month of emergency...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, Odalys Tebalan works on an assignment at Fairview Elementary in Carthage, Mo. Millions of children are suddenly learning at home everything from reading and multiplication to literature and calculus as a result of school closures prompted by the global coronavirus pandemic. Many parents are trying to guide their children through assignments, but many face the challenge of English comprehension. (Roger Nomer/The Joplin Globe via AP, File)

Tasked with schoolwork help, many US parents lack English

Apr. 7, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

Since her daughters' school closed for the coronavirus outbreak, Mariana Luna has been thrust into the role of their primary educator, like millions of parents across the U.S. But each day, before she can go over their schoolwork, her 9-year-old first has to help her understand what the assignments say. A...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, migrants rest in the chapel of the San Juan Bosco migrant shelter, in Nogales, Mexico. For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in Mexico. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics' aid to migrants

Apr. 6, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

NOGALES, Mexico (AP) — For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in...

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020 photo, dance instructor Lola Jaramillo records a Zumba and exercise lesson in Washington, that will be uploaded in the social media accounts of Vida Senior Center, a nonprofit that serves Washington’s older Hispanic community. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)

Dancing alone: A senior center keeps clients up and moving

Apr. 6, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dance instructor Lola Jaramillo switches the radio to an uplifting salsa song. “My students love this one,” says Jaramillo, dancing to the rhythm of “Life is a Carnival” and encouraging her class to follow her steps. But her students -- mostly older Hispanics...

FILE—In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020, file photo, Letecia Stauch makes her first appearance in El Paso County District Court in Colorado Springs, Colo. Investigators believe that Stauch, who has been charged with murdering her 11-year-old stepson Gannon, killed him in his bedroom just a few hours before reporting him missing and then allegedly concocted a variety of stories to mislead them, according to a court document. (KRDO-TV/The Gazette via AP, Pool, File)

Colorado authorities accuse stepmom of lying in boy's death

Apr. 3, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Investigators believe a woman charged with murdering her 11-year-old stepson killed him in his bedroom just a few hours before reporting him missing in January and allegedly concocted a variety of stories to mislead them, according to a court document. Authorities say Letecia...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2016, file photo, University of New Mexico Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Chair Irene Vasquez holds a letter with hundreds of signatures, asking then-school president Bob Frank to declare the campus a

Defying odds, New Mexico university's Chicano studies grows

Apr. 2, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For years, the University of New Mexico's Chicana and Chicano Studies program sat neglected and poorly funded. The university's low salaries prevented it from attracting national scholars and a lack of classes hurt student interest despite it being one of the first of its kind 50...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020, file photo, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and other House Democrats arrive to meet with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley say in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar dated Friday, March 27, 2020, that comprehensive demographic data on people who are tested or treated for the coronavirus does not exist. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

Mar. 30, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both from...