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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...

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...

After vandalism, NYC George Floyd statue cleaned, will move

Jul. 24, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A statue of George Floyd that was defaced in Brooklyn has been cleaned and is headed for Manhattan's Union Square. The artwork was unveiled on the Juneteenth holiday in a spot on Flatbush Avenue. Five days later on June 24, it was vandalized with black...

Noem wants widespread changes at prisons after complaints

Jul. 23, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Friday that she is looking to make widespread changes in the state's prison system after meeting with tired and discouraged employees working short-handed at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls. The...

Home manufacturer sued for alleged racism, discrimination

Jul. 23, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — Two former employees of a home manufacturing company in eastern Oregon have filed a lawsuit saying they endured anti-Black racism and discrimination, and then were fired after reporting the incidents to managers. The lawsuit was filed in federal...

Activist who helped desegregate Birmingham library dies

Jul. 23, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Black Army veteran who helped peacefully desegregate an Alabama city's library with a sit-in protest in 1963 has died, according to the library and an obituary published by his family. Shelly Millender Jr. of Birmingham died on Saturday. He was...

Confederate bust moved from Tennessee Capitol building

Jul. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader that had been prominently displayed inside the Tennessee Capitol for decades — over objections from Black lawmakers and activists — was removed from its pedestal Friday. The...

Mario Batali harassment probe settlement: $600K to accusers

Jul. 23, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali, his business partner and their New York City restaurant company have agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve a four-year investigation by the state attorney general’s office into allegations that Batali, restaurant managers and other workers sexually...

Report faults Seattle police response to protests

Jul. 23, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A report on the Seattle Police Department’s response to racial justice protests says officers need to find a better way to interact with anti-police demonstrators, including allowing officers to express solidarity with protesters marching against police brutality and...

Vermont police rescind assault citation, chief apologizes

Jul. 23, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont police chief has apologized to a Black man who was issued an assault citation following a neighborhood fight, and the citation has been rescinded. Supporters of the suspect held a protest Thursday outside the headquarters of the...