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Grand jury indicts 1 police officer in Breonna Taylor death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death. A grand jury announced that Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on…

Timeline: The Life of Rep. John Lewis

Born in rural Alabama during the dark days of Jim Crow segregation, Rep. John Lewis rose from poverty to become a leader of the civil rights movement and later was elected to Congress. Here is a timeline of some major events in Lewis’ life. Feb. 21, 1940: Born the son of Black sharecroppers near Troy. ___ Fall 1959: Long interested…

Details of the Life and Death of Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in Selma in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died on Friday, July 17. He was 80. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called him “one of the greatest heroes of American history.”…

Democrats in Congress Want to Honor Rep. John Lewis with Action on Voting Rights

Mourning the death of civil rights hero John Lewis, Democrats in Congress are urging the Senate to take up a bill of enduring importance to Lewis throughout his life: protecting and expanding the right to vote. “No right is more precious to our citizenship than the right of all Americans to be able to vote,” said Rep. Terri Sewell, (D-Alabama),…

Some in Selma Oppose Renaming Bridge for Rep. John Lewis

Growing calls nationally to honor the memory of Rep. John Lewis by putting his name on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma where he and other voting rights demonstrators were beaten 55 years ago are being met with some resistance in the city. Some say renaming the bridge for the Georgia congressman would dishonor local activists who spent years advocating…

Bus Ticket from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Began Lifetime of Civil Rights Service for Rep. John Lewis

Eighteen-year-old John Lewis stepped off a Greyhound bus in Montgomery in 1958 after receiving a round-trip ticket from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The teen had written King a letter because he was interested in trying to attend the all-white Troy University, just 10 miles from his family’s farm in Pike County. “So you’re John Lewis. The boy from…

Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

(Source: Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) – Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington. Stone was convicted Friday. He was charged in a seven-count indictment that alleged he lied to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampered with witnesses and obstructed a House intelligence committee probe. His trial…

Alabama DA Won’t Prosecute Woman Who Was Shot, Lost Fetus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama district attorney has decided to drop the charges against a woman who was indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight. Marshae Jones was arrested June 26 after a grand jury concluded she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight with another woman….