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FILE - this April 5, 2020 file photo, shows An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. A federal judge on Thursday, May 21, 2020, agreed to impose financial sanctions against the Trump administration for failing to produce hundreds of documents during litigation over whether a citizenship question could be added to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

2nd case challenging 2020 census preparation dismissed

May. 26, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For the second time this spring, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Census Bureau of not devoting enough manpower and offices on the ground to have a successful count of every resident in the U.S. during the 2020 census. The federal judge in Maryland last month...

Utility's coal ash removal sparks concern from activists

May. 18, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A major utility’s plan to close five Indiana coal ash ponds at a power plant along Lake Michigan and move coal ash to a landfill has sparked concerns from environmental activists about how the dust kicked up by that project will be controlled. Northern Indiana Public...

Lawsuit over schools named for Confederate leaders dismissed

May. 15, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the NAACP in Virginia that sought to remove the names of Confederate leaders from two public schools, saying in part that because the schools opened more than 50 years ago, the statute of limitations had expired. U.S. District Judge Robert...

Man charged with placing target at NAACP leader's home

May. 12, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee have charged a man accused of placing a bullseye-like target in the front yard of Nashville's NAACP president. Roy E. Brown, 63, was charged with intimidation Monday, according to a Nashville Metro Police statement. Brown allegedly told police he had known the...

'Bullseye' target found at Nashville NAACP president's home

May. 11, 2020 6:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville head of the NAACP said a police officer who responded to his home after a bullseye-like target appeared in his front yard dismissed his concerns. Nashville NAACP President Keith Caldwell said in a Facebook post that he found the “bullseye” target on an...

Louisiana emergency election plan draws lawsuit

May. 7, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal lawsuit has been filed against Louisiana's emergency election plan aimed at addressing voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Filed on behalf of the NAACP, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and four individual voters, the lawsuit said the state’s plan for...

Prosecutor: Grand jury to weigh charges in Georgia shooting

May. 5, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor said Tuesday that he wants a grand jury to decide if criminal charges are warranted in the death of a man shot after a pursuit by armed men who later told police they suspected him of being a burglar. Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed Feb. 23 in a neighborhood outside...

Democrat Kweisi Mfume removes a face mask before addressing reporters during an election night news conference after he won the 7th Congressional District special election, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Baltimore. Mfume defeated Republican Kimberly Klacik to finish the term of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, retaking a Maryland congressional seat Mfume held for five terms before leaving to lead the NAACP. All voters in the 7th Congressional District were strongly urged to vote by mail in an unprecedented election dramatically reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Ex-NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume wins Maryland seat in Congress

Apr. 29, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Kweisi Mfume easily won a mostly mail-in election to finish the term of the late Elijah Cummings, retaking a Maryland congressional seat he held for five terms before leaving to lead the NAACP. Mfume defeated Republican Kimberly Klacik in the heavily Democratic 7th Congressional...

Former NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume wins special election for Maryland congressional seat of the late Elijah Cummings

Apr. 28, 2020 8:19 PM EDT
BALTIMORE (AP) — Former NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume wins special election for Maryland congressional seat of the late Elijah Cummings.

NAACP withdraws prison gerrymandering lawsuit

Apr. 21, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The NAACP has withdrawn a lawsuit seeking to change the way Connecticut counts prisoners when drawing up legislative districts, saying it instead plans to urge the state to include its recommendations when creating a new map next year. The civil rights group sued the state in federal...