Tag:  South Carolina

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States promise quick action on election laws

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., accompanied by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus express disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision on Shelby County v. Holder that invalidates Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, June 25, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lewis, a prominent activist in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, recalled being attacked and beaten trying to help people in Mississippi to register and vote in the 1960’s. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Bill Barrow ATLANTA (AP) — Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington’s permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination.

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$590M-plus Powerball: 1 winning ticket sold in Fla

Dean Davis displays the Powerball ticket she bought in Omaha, May 15. No one matched the winning numbers in Wednesday’s $360 million jackpot which has now soared to $600 million, making it the second largest in Powerball history and the third biggest overall. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) by Barbara Rodriguez DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday.

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SC man who apologized for racist past dies

MADE AMENDS– In this March 4, 2009, file photo, Elwin Hope Wilson holds a framed photo he kept showing a mob he participated in during one of local civil rights “sit-ins” that took place in the early 1960s, in Rock Hill, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain) by Martha Waggoner Raleigh, N.C. (AP) –Elwin Wilson, the former Ku Klux Klan supporter who publicly apologized for years of violent racism, including the beating of John Lewis, a Black Freedom Rider who went on to become a Georgia congressman, has died. He was 76.

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High court poised to upend civil rights policies

BLACK STUDENT LEADER–University of Texas senior Bradley Poole poses for a photo on campus near the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by Hope Yen WASHINGTON (AP) — Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind?

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A boost for gay marriage: Justices question US law

PROTESTING–Marriage Equality supporters hold flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Kevin Coyne WASHINGTON (AP) — Concluding two days of intense debate, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it could give a boost to same-sex marriage by striking down the federal law that denies legally married gay spouses a wide range of benefits offered to other couples.

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Justices voice skepticism of voting rights law

MEETING WITH REPORTERS–Rev. Al Sharpton, right, and Martin Luther King III meet with reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Feb. 27, after arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) by Mark Sherman Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.

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Jesse Hill Jr., retired CEO of Atlanta Life Insurance Co., dies at 86

Atlanta business, government and civil rights leaders remember civil rights icon by Dion Rabouin Atlanta Daily World (Real Times News Service)–When Jesse Hill, Jr. the retired CEO of the Atlanta Life Insurance Co. and a legendary civil rights activist, passed away yesterday at the age of 86 the city of Atlanta mourned him. JESSE HILL JR. Leaders in civil rights, business and local as well as state government all had their lives impacted by the late business executive and community leader.