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Federal court rejects Mississippi student's racial bias suit

Aug. 19, 2022 21:03 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A lawsuit alleging a school district in a small Mississippi Delta town discriminated against a Black student and stripped her of an academic award has been dismissed by a panel of federal judges. Olecia James filed the federal lawsuit in 2019 against the...

Court opens door to voiding N. Carolina Voter ID amendment

Aug. 19, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court opened the door Friday to nullifying a voter ID mandate approved by citizens in 2018 because the lawmakers who put it on the ballot were elected from districts tainted by illegal racial bias. However, the North Carolina Supreme...

Georgia PSC elections again delayed after high court ruling

Aug. 19, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia Public Service Commission elections will not occur this November, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday, reversing an earlier appeals court ruling that allowed them to proceed. Instead, the high court reverted to the original decision by a federal judge in...

Charlene Curtis, coaching trailblazer in ACC, dies at 67

Aug. 19, 2022 15:11 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Charlene Curtis, the first Black women's head basketball coach in the ACC, died Thursday after a battle with cancer, the conference said. She was 67. Curtis was the head coach at Wake Forest from 1997-2004, after head coaching stops at Radford and...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Aug. 19, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

Bluefield Daily Telegraph. August 16, 2022. Editorial: Fighting robocalls: W.Va. joins important task force Robocalls are unwanted and unsolicited phone calls that area residents deal with on a regular basis. Despite a number of laws passed in recent years to curtail...

Head of Oregon’s troubled public defense system is fired

Aug. 18, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The head of Oregon’s public defenders’ office was fired Thursday in a clash over how to solve a dire shortage of attorneys to represent people too poor to afford a lawyer. Critics for years have said Oregon’s unique public defense system is in crisis, with...

Connecticut releases police use-of-force data for 1st time

Aug. 18, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut released data Thursday for the first time showing the race of people subjected to police use of force, a reporting practice that many states are beginning to adopt in the wake of nationwide calls for more police accountability. The data from 2019...

Appeals rulings at odds over Confederate-themed jury room

Aug. 17, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Black men who challenged their criminal convictions after jurors deliberated in a Tennessee courthouse room containing Confederate symbols have received opposite rulings from different judges on the same appeals court. One was granted a new trial. The...

'The Butler' author Wil Haygood wins prestigious book award

Aug. 17, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Writer Wil Haygood, author of multiple nonfiction books chronicling the lives of 20th-century Black Americans including “The Butler,” has won a prestigious book award. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced Wednesday that Haygood — himself originally...

R Kelly jury picked in child pornography, trial-fixing case

Aug. 16, 2022 20:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury was impaneled Tuesday in R. Kelly's hometown of Chicago to decide multiple charges against the R&B singer, as prosecutors and defense attorneys argued toward the end of the process about whether the government was improperly attempting to keep some Blacks off the...