House to Vote on Unveiling Frederick Douglass Statue

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WASHINGTON – Congress is set to take the final step toward moving the District of Columbia’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to the U.S. Capitol. The House votes Tuesday on a resolution that would authorize the use of the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall to unveil the statue in June. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who […]

Per-Student Pre-K Spending Lowest in a Decade

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WASHINGTON – State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year and states are now spending less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a report released Monday. The report also found that more than a half million of those preschool students are in programs that don’t even meet […]

Calif. Dems Meet in Sacramento; Back Gun Control, Prop 13 Reforms

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SACRAMENTO – California Democrats adopted resolutions on Sunday affirming many of their biggest political goals, including changing California’s landmark property tax limitation law, Proposition 13, supporting more gun control legislation and imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil. Delegates to the party’s annual convention also urged President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL […]

Blacks Still Face Challenges In Economic Equality

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WASHINGTON – African-Americans have achieved tremendous gains in education over the past 50 years, but that has yet to translate into major progress toward economic equality, the National Urban League says in its latest State of Black America report. This year’s report, “Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America,” identifies unemployment as the biggest barrier to […]

Paul: GOP Faces ‘Daunting Task’ With Black Voters

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WASHINGTON – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that Republicans face long odds in connecting with Black voters and are often cast as unsympathetic to the needs of Blacks and minorities _ something he says the party needs to change. Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said in a speech at Howard University that the […]

Calif’s 4 a.m. Last Call Bill Already Fuels Debate

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SAN FRANCISCO – The last call for drinks is 2 a.m. in California, but one lawmaker believes that’s just too early to set down the shot glasses and beer steins. State Sen. Mark Leno’s proposal to let the liquor flow until 4 a.m. as a way to draw more tourists – and with them more […]

High Court Poised to Upend Civil Rights Policies

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WASHINGTON – Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind? Addressing two pivotal legal issues, one on affirmative action and a second on voting rights, a divided Supreme Court is poised to answer those questions. In one case, the issue is whether race preferences in university admissions undermine […]

New Affirmative Action Case at Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is broadening its examination of affirmative action by adding a case about Michigan’s effort to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices already were considering a challenge to the University of Texas program that takes account of race, among many factors, to fill remaining spots in its freshman […]

Study: Health Law to Significantly Raise Claims Costs

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WASHINGTON – A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. What does that mean for you? It could increase premiums for at least some Americans. If you are uninsured, or you buy your policy directly […]

City of Stockton Heading to Bankruptcy Court

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STOCKTON – By outward appearances, Stockton, a city of nearly 300,000 on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, seemed in the mid-2000s to be emerging from decades of struggle. Next to its gleaming downtown waterfront _ a window to the West’s largest fresh-water estuary _ a beautiful new $46 million glass hockey arena rose in 2005. […]