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Chauvin gets 21 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Derek Chauvin to 21 years in prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, telling the former Minneapolis police officer that what he did was “simply wrong” and “offensive.” U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson sharply criticized...

Biden tells Griner’s wife he’s working to get her home

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden spoke Wednesday with the wife of detained WNBA player Brittney Griner, who is on trial in Russia, to reassure her that he is working to win Griner’s freedom as soon as possible, the White House said. Biden’s conversation with Cherelle...

In flurry of court activity, rulings on abortion bans mixed

A federal court Tuesday allowed Tennessee to ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, while in Texas — which is already enforcing a similar ban based on an embryo’s cardiac activity — a judge temporarily blocked an even stricter decades-old law from...

Despite push, states slow to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

NASHVILLE – Recognition of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the U.S., gained traction after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. But after an initial burst of action, the movement to have it recognized as an official holiday in the states...

Most Shelby volunteer boards won’t ask about criminal past

Shelby County’s Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance that removes questions about criminal histories from most applications to join volunteer boards and commissions. Sponsored by Democratic and Republican commissioners, the Fair Chance to Serve ordinance takes away an important barrier for Shelby County residents...

‘Only God can help’: Hundreds die as Somalia faces famine

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — No mother should have to lose her child. Owliyo Hassan Salaad has watched four die this year. A drought in the Horn of Africa has taken them, one by one. Now she cradles her frail and squalling 3-year-old, Ali Osman, whom...

7 fired Starbucks workers celebrate union vote in Memphis

by Adrian Sainz -- Seven employees of a Tennessee Starbucks who were fired after starting unionization efforts claimed victory Tuesday when their Memphis store voted to join a wave of U.S. locations of the coffee chain that have decided to organize. The so-called Memphis Seven jumped for...

Parole board says no to parole for Sherra Wright

Sherra Wright – Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife – will not be granted early release from a 30-year prison sentence she received after pleading guilty to plotting the retired NBA player’s 2010 slaying, the Tennessee Board of Parole said Monday. The board voted to deny parole for...

Court clears path for long-blocked Tennessee school vouchers

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s highest court ruled Wednesday that Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher program does not violate the state’s constitution, clearing the biggest hurdle for a program that would let families use taxpayer dollars on private schools. The Tennessee Supreme Court’s 3-2 decision overturns...

Deal struck to free Mason, TN from takeover threat

NASHVILLE – After alleging that Tennessee’s top leaders were placing unfair scrutiny over a predominantly Black town’s finances, the small town of Mason announced Wednesday it had reached a deal halting the threat of a state takeover of its finances. The agreement, which the NAACP...