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Neighbor churches, split on race lines, work to heal divide

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:01 AM

MACON, Ga. (AP) — There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon — one black and one white. They sit almost back-to-back, separated by a small park, in a hilltop historic district overlooking downtown.

"We're literally around the corner from each other," said the Rev. Scott Dickison, pastor of the white church.


Christian groups have renewed focus on fighting racism

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:01 AM

Christian groups have recently been putting more time and resources into addressing racism, with the issue at the forefront because of police shootings of black men and the Black Lives Matter movement.

One of the largest U.S. evangelical college ministries, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, took up Black Lives Matter at its most recent student missions conference.


Neighbor churches, split on race lines, work to heal divide

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:01 AM

MACON,Ga. (AP) — There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon — one black and one white. They sit almost back-to-back, separated by a small park, in a hilltop historic district overlooking downtown.

About 170 years ago, they were one congregation, albeit a church of masters and slaves. Then the fight over abolition and slavery started tearing badly at religious groups and moving the country toward Civil War. The Macon church, like many others at the time, decided it was time to separate by race.

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Report: Police officer fatally shot in eastern Tennessee

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 07:40 PM

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has died in a shooting in eastern Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2bT2gFP ) reports the Maryville officer was assigned to a drug task force, but Blount County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marian O'Briant didn't know whether he was working on a drug investigation when he was shot Thursday afternoon.

Zack Wooldridge lives nearby and said he heard multiple gunshots.


Controversial Texas county chairman out, state GOP says

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 07:27 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Republican Party says a GOP chairman for the county that includes the state capital is out of a job after filing as a write-in candidate for president of the United States.

Robert Morrow embarrassed Texas Republicans when he was elected head of the GOP in heavily Democratic Travis County in March, despite his history of vulgarity and conspiracy theories.


West Virginia AG staffer quits after racist video surfaces

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 07:13 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An employee with the West Virginia attorney general's office has resigned on the day a published report identified her in a video in which she is seen reciting racist views.

Assistant communications director Carrie Bowe resigned in a one-sentence letter dated Thursday. She gave no reason and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office did not say why she left.


Illinois redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 07:10 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, meaning it can't appear on the November ballot.

The ruling Thursday affirms a Cook County judge's decision that the proposal doesn't meet constitutional muster. A county judge rejected a similar signature-driven effort in 2014.


Couple wanted in woman's killing, kids' kidnapping arrested

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 07:10 PM

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A couple wanted in connection with a woman's killing and the kidnapping of her three children have been arrested in Colorado.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Joshua Robertson and Brittany Humphrey were arrested Thursday in Pueblo, about 40 miles south of Colorado Springs.

Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says the couple was arrested without incident and that a baby with them was safe.

No other details were immediately available.


Missouri judge stops appointment of Nixon as public defender

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 06:44 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge is blocking the state public defender director from appointing Gov. Jay Nixon to a case.

An order Thursday by Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce said only courts can appoint defenders.

Missouri Public Defender System Director Michael Barrett appointed Nixon to the case in protest of what he says is inadequate funding to hire enough public defenders for people who can't afford to hire lawyers.

Nixon is a former state attorney general.


Ex-Maryland official tapped to run New Orleans' violent jail

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 06:36 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Maryland corrections official has been tapped to run the violence-plagued New Orleans jail.

Gary Maynard will fill the role of compliance director. Sheriff Marlin Gusman announced the choice Thursday. It was subject to approval by a federal judge overseeing Gusman's compliance with a 2012 reform agreement.

That agreement settled a lawsuit by inmates and the U.S. Justice Department.


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