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Wisconsin residents push for an increase in minimum wage

Jul. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 26-year-old Olivia McKnight, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would transform her life. As a full-time Popeyes employee in Milwaukee, McKnight makes $10 an hour. This isn’t nearly enough to support herself and her three children. She...

Civil rights museums open for free on Emmett Till's birthday

Jul. 24, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi civil rights museums are marking what would have been the 80th birthday of Emmett Till on Sunday by letting people in for free. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History in Jackson are also having guided...

Thousands march in Hungary Pride parade to oppose LGBT law

Jul. 24, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rising anger over the policies of Hungary's right-wing government filled the streets of the country's capital on Saturday as thousands of LGBT supporters marched in the annual Budapest Pride parade. March organizers expected record crowds at the...

The Latest: Education Dept OKs Georgia plan for relief funds

Jul. 24, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Education approved Georgia’s plans to use $1.4 billion in federal coronavirus relief money. Federal officials already distributed two-thirds of the $4.2 billion that Georgia schools received under the American Rescue Plan, the relief...

Man accused of planning sorority killings denied release

Jul. 24, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has ordered a man accused of planning to kill sorority members at an Ohio university to remain behind bars. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman on Friday cited a parole violation and the “serious nature of the charges" as reasons to keep...

Settlement reached over 2020 police clash with protesters

Jul. 24, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Civil rights groups in North Carolina have reached a settlement with the city of Charlotte and its police department in a lawsuit filed last year after officers surrounded and gassed demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd. The terms of...

Tens of thousands march for LGBTQ rights at Berlin parade

Jul. 24, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Around 65,000 revelers marched for LGBTQ rights at Berlin’s annual Christopher Street Day celebration on Saturday, more than three times as many as expected. It was the biggest demonstration in Berlin since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Louisiana social studies standards review sparks controversy

Jul. 24, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A routine update of Louisiana’s social studies standards for K-12 public schools has been delayed amid criticism the proposed benchmarks would paint an overly negative picture of America on race relations and other issues. State Superintendent...

Couple accused of reform school abuses released from prison

Jul. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri couple facing multiple charges of abuse against girls at a Christian reform school have been released from jail and placed on home confinement after they reported health issues. In a bond hearing on Friday, Circuit Judge...

Michigan resident says noose in window meant for politicians

Jul. 24, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A white man in western Michigan said a noose he hung in a window was a statement against corrupt politicians and had nothing to do with race. Someone took a photo of the noose in a second-floor window at Greg Kazemier’s Grand Rapids home and...