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Prosecutor shocked by mistrial for cop who killed Black man

An Oklahoma prosecutor said Saturday that he was shocked when a judge declared a mistrial in the case of a White former Tulsa police officer who fatally shot his daughter’s Black boyfriend because jurors had deliberated for only a few hours.

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Tell Congress stop picking on our most vulnerable children!

It is unfathomable to me that week after week, I must continue to defend the Medicaid program that for more than 50 years has protected the health and well-being of tens of millions of America’s most vulnerable

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State elected officials defy sham election commission – it’s time to shut it down

“We write to you to express our most urgent concern that letters just issued by the Trump Administration will pave the way for nationwide voter suppression and purging, and violate the privacy of hundreds of millions of American citizens ... We have little doubt that these letters - issued unilaterally without any vote or public discussion - would lead to an unprecedented, nationwide voter suppression effort.”

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Civil rights and Education Dept. rollbacks

After decades of vigilant struggles and sacrifices, civil rights legislation enacted in the 1960s won federal promises to ensure that discrimination is illegal and would not be tolerated.

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Honoring the fallen: Dallas shooting one year later

One year ago, members of our community took to the streets of downtown Dallas to exercise their first amendment rights by speaking out and peacefully protesting against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. What began as a peaceful evening on July 7, 2016, ended with a deliberate and barbarous attack on local law enforcement.

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A timeless strategy for economic empowerment

Before we are able to make the kind of meaningful progress necessary to bring about a change in our economic status, we must educate ourselves in the areas of collectivism, mutual economic responsibility and the advantages of supporting one another in our endeavors.

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Health care repeal turns back the clock to a time of no rights

The health care repeal that Republicans are pushing through Congress is a direct attack on the lives of Black people throughout the country.

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Counseling Corner: Tips for encouraging good behavior in your children

As parents, we all would like to have perfect, well-behaved offspring of whom we can always be proud.

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The many layers of skin health

Summer is here, and having fun in the sun is no longer just a daydream. But for humans, exposure to the sun reminds us of how important the skin is, and the many health concerns associated with our skin.

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Foundation launches Raising Texas Teachers

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation recently launched Raising Texas Teachers, a program to provide $50 million over the next 10 years in scholarship funding for students committed to a career in teaching, and technical support for premier Texas teacher preparation programs.

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Unity Challenge: Together We Dine highlights unity through diversity

A simple, neatly packed boxed dinner served at the Together We Dine program June 20 contrasted the messy and complex work that race relations in the South have represented for centuries.

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Lancaster girl kidnapped, killed over stolen drugs

During what may have been the longest four days of their life, a Lancaster family was suddenly faced with the abduction and murder of a teenage female member in the family.

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Town hall meeting offers update on Legislative session

“This was a very contentious session.

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Stand up and protect the basic human right to health care

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

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Time for a citizens’ commission defending our right to vote

Donald Trump’s commission on “election integrity” is meeting sensible resistance.

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Texas increases transparency, accountability in policing

Recent highly publicized fatal interactions between civilians and law enforcement have resulted in a significant decline in trust between law enforcement and communities throughout the United States.

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Give us the ballot: Restore the Voting Rights Act

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Does Congress care about ‘the American People?’

For years, we have heard members of the GOP rail against the Affordable Care Act, known to many as “Obamacare,” saying it was jammed down their throats

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Look back, see the future to a brighter economy

An excellent example of the impact our history has on the way we are today, especially economically, can be found in an article titled The Reluctant Entrepreneurs by Joel Kotkin, author of the book Tribes.

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Counseling Corner: What are your dreams trying to tell you?

When you wake up each morning, do you remember your dreams in vivid detail? Or do you rarely, if ever, recall a dream? Whichever the case, researchers tell us that we all do dream every night. In fact, they’ve found even primates and unborn human fetuses dream.

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