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Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Jun. 18, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their...

Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their...

Despite pledge, no paid Juneteenth holiday for city workers

Jun. 17, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City municipal workers are not getting a paid Juneteenth holiday this year, despite a pledge last year from Mayor Bill de Blasio to make it one and as it becomes one for federal workers. Juneteenth, on June 19th, marks the day in 1865, two...

Idaho recognizes Juneteenth, holiday marking end of slavery

Jun. 17, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will observe the new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, Gov. Brad Little said in a proclamation issued Thursday. The Republican governor said the state will recognize Juneteenth, or June 19, as required by Idaho law when a new...

With Juneteenth new federal holiday, Illinois offices close

Jun. 17, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois government offices will be closed Friday in a nod to a new federal law, making Juneteenth an official holiday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. The decision by Pritzker supersedes a state law signed Wednesday by the governor that...

Noem OKs holiday for state workers in honor of Juneteenth

Jun. 17, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has declared Friday a holiday for state workers in honor of Juneteenth. Noem said her decision is in response to legislation signed Thursday by President Joe Biden establishing a new federal holiday...

Maryland state offices to close for Juneteenth

Jun. 17, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State government agencies and offices in Maryland will be closed Friday in observance of the new Juneteenth National Independence Day. Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement came Thursday, the same day that President Joe Biden signed legislation...

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Jun. 17, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president. Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth,...

Man pleads guilty to hate crime in stabbing of Black man

Jun. 17, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Colorado man accused of stabbing another man in a racist attack at an Oregon truck stop has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime. Nolan Levi Strauss pleaded guilty Thursday to a hate crime involving an attempt to kill, according to a news...

Mayor: Former police chief refused to hire Black officers

Jun. 17, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

TARRANT, Ala. (AP) — A Black Alabama mayor accused of assault by the city's white former police chief claimed Thursday that the two got into a dispute because the chief wouldn't hire black officers. Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton told a news conference that former chief...