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Jun 15, 2018
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   The latest endeavor by the Equal Justice Initiative opened to the public Wednesday. A new café and book store is now operating next to the EJI’s Legacy Museum on Coosa Street in downtown Montgomery. Starbucks is a component of the café along with baked goods from Little Red Cupcake. The bookstore contains books on racial history and social justice. Kiara Boone with EJI says the hope is that people will return from the Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Museum and gather in the bookstore and café. The Café is open daily from 7:30am to 6pm.

Moderate drought conditions over in Central Alabama

Jun 8, 2018

   According to the latest U-S Drought Monitor, the moderate drought conditions that had existed in Central Alabama have come to an end. Rainfall totals during the past two weeks reached three to five inches across that part of the state with higher amounts in localized areas. The rain significantly improved the dry conditions that had been present. The report also indicates that soil moisture values are running near normal for Central Alabama, though periodic rainfall will be needed to maintain near or above normal levels.

   State Schools Superintendent Eric Mackey weighed in yesterday on the accreditation report given to Montgomery Public Schools earlier this week. Mackey labeled the review by accrediting agency AdvancED as “one of the worst he’s ever seen.” 

   The accrediting body AdvanED made its presentation to the Montgomery County Board of Education yesterday as it revealed to the board that the system’s status has been changed to “under review.” A six-member team has been reviewing the Montgomery County Public School System for several months as well as compiling the report presented yesterday. In that report it is revealed that 31 performance standards were measured in 3 categories. Those categories are Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity and Resource Capacity.

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The U.S. Supreme Court punted Monday on its biggest decision of its term so far. The justices had been expected to rule on the limits of partisan gerrymandering.

Instead, the court sidestepped the major issues on technical grounds, sending the issue back to the lower courts for further examination.

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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong took ownership of the Los Angeles Times in style with a full-page note to his readers and his new employees on Sunday.

Soon-Shiong bought the newspaper from its former corporate owners, the Chicago-based Tronc newspaper company. NPR spoke to Soon-Shiong about his ambitions for the newspaper.

German police arrested the CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler, on Monday in connection with the ongoing investigation into Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal.

Munich prosecutors ordered a search of Stadler's home last week, and officials told the BBC that "they had acted because of a risk that Mr Stadler might seek to suppress evidence."

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"We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says, as top Trump administration officials call out critics of its "zero tolerance" policy that calls for separating families who cross the border illegally.

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When Congress approved giving $380 million to states to bolster the security of their elections, state officials were caught off guard but extremely grateful. Elections are notoriously underfunded and haven't seen a windfall like this from the federal government in more than a decade.

But getting that money out to all the states, and then into the hands of localities that run the elections, with enough time to have a meaningful effect on the 2018 midterm elections is a difficult proposition.

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In 1841, small-town parish clerk William Hinton got his first look at an English locomotive in action. Writer Julian Young recorded Hinton's breathless reaction: "Well Sir, that was a sight to have seen; but one I never care to see again! How awful! I tremble to think of it! I don't know what to compare it to, unless it be to a messenger ... with a commission to spread desolation and destruction over this fair land! How much longer shall knowledge be allowed to go on increasing?"

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