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Southern Illinois village elects first black president

Apr. 11, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

COLP, Ill. (AP) — Voters in the southern Illinois community of Colp made history last week when they elected a Black woman village president. The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale reports Marcella Clark was elected Tuesday with 30 votes, with...

Downtown hotel sues Charlottesville over tax bill

Apr. 11, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A hotel in downtown Charlottesville has filed a lawsuit accusing the Virginia city of overcharging it nearly $100,000 in taxes. The Daily Progress reports that Charlottesville’s City Council last week unanimously voted to allow the city...

Teen, 3-year-old boy killed in Hartford shootings

Apr. 11, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — City leaders expressed anger and called for action after separate shootings in Hartford claimed the life of a 16-year-old and 3-year-old. The shootings occurred Saturday afternoon about two hours apart and less than a mile away from each other. ...

More Vermont courthouses ready to reopen for live trials

Apr. 11, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

Eight Vermont courthouses are once again ready for jury trials. The Vermont Judiciary announced recently that the move comes after a year of work to construct barriers, test and improve air circulation and filtration systems, and develop process and facility enhancements...

Las Vegas pushes to become first to ban ornamental grass

Apr. 11, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to...

Anchorage acting mayor seeks emergency order extension

Apr. 11, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The acting mayor of Anchorage has asked the Assembly to extend through mid-July an emergency proclamation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the emergency proclamation includes gathering-size restrictions, social distancing...

Tupelo replacing its oldest fire station with new building

Apr. 11, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is building a new fire station to replace its oldest one. Tupelo officials broke ground for the new building Thursday, WTVA-TV reported. The station that will be retired is 64 years old. The city has already...

Inside a group’s push to remove a statue to an enslaver

Apr. 11, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The closure of O’Donnell Square Park in Canton without warning Monday evening set off an immediate flurry of emails, texts and phone calls among one group of neighbors in particular. The 50 members of the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance dared to wonder:...

Michigan stop on Underground Railroad undergoes rehab

Apr. 11, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

WALLED LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Once a stop on the Underground Railroad and home to a Michigan icon of the suffrage movement, this 1833 landmark in Walled Lake got some TLC recently, as local businesses came together to replace the home’s windows. The...

Religious party seeks gains in Peru's legislative elections

Apr. 10, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

JOSE CARLOS MARIATEGUI, Peru (AP) — On the banks of the Amazon River, in a village without electricity or drinking water, Andrea Rodrigo makes the yuca flour that her family sells in markets along Peru’s remote borders with Brazil and Colombia. The 21-year-old...