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Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten slipping grip

Oct. 17, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. In a key late-night vote in the Texas House, Republicans gave...

Alabama seeks to purge racist sections of constitution

Oct. 16, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Constitution still has language stating that schools should be segregated by race and people are to pay poll taxes to vote. While those provisions have long been invalidated by court rulings, they remain in the state’s chief...

Tempe may rename streets, parks named for Klan members

Oct. 16, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tempe will consider renaming parks and streets named after former community leaders who were recently discovered to have been dues-paying members of the Ku Klux Klan. The city said Friday that the names of will be up for discussion when the city...

Failure is not an option at Twin Cities middle school

Oct. 16, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Under a new grading system at a White Bear Lake middle school, students no longer will be given an F grade — no matter how bad they did on an assignment or test or if it was turned in late or not at all. Instead, the grading system that...

Maine's Colby College bans discrimination based on caste

Oct. 15, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Colby College is banning discrimination based on caste, a system of inherited social class, becoming one of the nation's earliest colleges to do so. The private liberal arts college revised its nondiscrimination policy to add caste to its list...

COVID-19 vaccine exemption passes West Virginia House

Oct. 15, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill to limit West Virginia employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus passed the House of Delegates on Friday. The proposal, which would allow certain medical and religious exemptions to company...

Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. ...

Column: Imagine what else lurks in those 650,000 emails

Oct. 15, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

Just imagine what else lurks in those 650,000 emails. Surely the racism and misogyny and homophobia weren't a Jon Gruden exclusive. But the NFL, instead of thoroughly addressing what is likely just the tip of a very toxic iceberg, hopes we'll all just...

Puerto Rico ponders race amid surprising census results

Oct. 15, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The number of people in Puerto Rico who identified as “white” in the most recent census plummeted almost 80%, sparking a conversation about identity on an island breaking away from a past where race was not tracked and seldom debated in public. ...

In trial over Arbery death, racial reckoning looms large

Oct. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A framed photo on the wall of Travis Riddle's soul food restaurant shows the local sheriff arresting a gray-bearded white man with hands cuffed behind his back, a reminder to all who enter that for Riddle justice still waits to be served in the slaying of Ahmaud...