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National Urban League focusing on minority voting for 2020

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By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Voter suppression and Russian interference are some of the greatest barriers to minority voting in 2020, the National Urban League said Monday. This year's State of Black America report focuses on voting rights, and National Urban League...

Tennessee lawmakers negotiate new voucher bill

NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers tasked with negotiating school voucher-like legislation have settled on a compromise to allow more taxpayer dollars that can be used to pay for private schools and other expenses. The proposal unveiled on Monday is the latest evolution of an ongoing battle...

License suspension bill gets lawmakers OK

NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver’s licenses over unpaid court costs. The Senate on Tuesday advanced a proposal allowing people to still have a restricted driver’s license while they pay off their...

Tennessee governor to allow sports betting without signature

by Jonathan Mattise NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to let legislation to allow sports betting become law without his signature, putting a state that has largely shied from expanding gambling in position to become the first to offer an online-only sportsbook. The bill is...

21 years after ‘modern lynching’ of James Byrd, Jr., Texas town still trying to move on

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By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where...

Transgender plaintiffs want birth certificate gender change

By TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Jason Scott wanted to attend community college in Seattle, he needed a high school transcript, and he couldn't get that without a birth certificate. The only problem was that Scott is transgender and his Tennessee...

Harris’ campaign focuses on black colleges for support

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By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically black college as "one of the most important aspects" of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to...

After Notre Dame, support for torched black churches swells

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The crowdfunding campaign to raise money for three African American churches gutted by arson in Louisiana began a week ago, but donations surged after flames engulfed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and the outcry provoked a conversation...

Tennessee House advances hand-held phone ban while driving

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving. House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential...

Tennessee House passes bill to regulate voter registration groups; heads to Senate

By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday. The vote bucked some voting rights...