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6:10 AM / Thursday October 29, 2020

Week In Review

Rush, Bacon introduce legislation to honor Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — On October 16, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) introduced legislation that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till and a tireless fighter for civil rights and racial justice.  The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded as a national acknowledgment of renowned persons,…

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

October 23, 2020

By Michael Balsamo  And Geoff Mulvihill ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON  — Drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The deal does…

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Atlanta police make arrest in actor’s shooting death

October 23, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Antonio Demetrice Rhynes surrenders to an APD drone with officers outside his apartment in Atlanta. Atlanta police announced Friday that they have arrested Rhynes on a felony murder charge for the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd.  (Atlanta Police Department via AP) associated press ATLANTA — Atlanta police announced Friday that they…

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In hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, residents dig out, again

October 16, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Marcus Peterson walks past a downed tree in his yard after Hurricane Delta moved through, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Jennings, La. Delta hit as a Category 2 hurricane with top winds of 100 mph (155 kph) before rapidly weakening over land. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) By Rebecca Santana, Stacey Plaisance  And Alanna Durkin…

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Miami road to be named after Trayvon Martin

October 16, 2020

ASSOCIATED PRESS  MIAMI  — A Florida road will be named after a Black teenager whose death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012 catalyzed a movement for racial justice. The Miami Herald reports Trayvon Martin’s name will be added to a section of an avenue that leads to a high school he attended in Miami….

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Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count

October 16, 2020

By Mike Schneider ASSOCIATED PRESS  The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October. President Donald Trump’s administration had asked the nation’s high court to suspend a district court’s order permitting the 2020 census to continue through the end of the month….

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The General Assembly…Explained

October 16, 2020

The presidential elections aren’t the only game in town. By Denise Clay Let’s be honest, the presidential race has sucked a lot of the air out of the electoral room this election cycle. The contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is a pretty important contest because of what it could…

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Barrett keeps Democrats, Trump at bay in Senate hearing

October 16, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool) By Mark Sherman, Lisa Mascaro And Laurie Kellman ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — Over and over, Amy Coney Barrett said she’d be her own judge…

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AP Explains: Transfer of power under 25th Amendment

October 8, 2020

By Jessica Gresko ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced early last Friday on Twitter that he has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and he is spending several days at Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment and evaluation. The 25th Amendment provides some answers about how presidential power could be transferred, either temporarily or…

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Texas officer charged with murder in fatal store shooting

October 8, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: This booking photo provided by the Hunt County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office shows Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Lucas has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Black man following a reported disturbance at a convenience store in a small East Texas town over the…

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