SAU Announces the Appointment of Dr. Leslie Rodriguez-McClellon to the Role of Acting President

RALEIGH, NC - Saint Augustine's University (SAU) is making a significant transition to continue its momentum of progress. The university's Board of Trustees announces Dr. Leslie Rodriguez-McClellon's appointment to Acting President effective immediately. "At this time, the SAU Board of Trustees has decided to go in a different direction by appointing Dr. Leslie Rodriguez-McClellon as Acting President of SAU," said The Honorable Chief Justice James C. Perry, Chairman of the

Barbie doll honoring Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller is met with mixed emotions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An iconic chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller, inspired countless Native American children as a powerful but humble leader who expanded early education and rural healthcare. Her reach is now broadening with a quintessential American honor: a Barbie doll in the late Mankiller's likeness as part of toymaker Mattel's "Inspiring Women" series. A public ceremony honoring Mankiller's legacy is set for Tuesday in Tahlequah in

In the US, Black survivors are nearly invisible in the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis

BALTIMORE (AP) - As Charles Richardson gradually lost his eyesight to complications from diabetes, certain childhood memories haunted him even more. The Catholic priest appeared vividly in his mind's eye - the one who promised him a spot on a travel basketball team, took him out for burgers and helped him with homework. The one, Richardson alleges, who sexually assaulted him for more than a year. "I've been seeing him

Maine offers free university tuition to Lewiston shooting victims, families

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's public university system is offering free tuition to family members of those who died and to those who were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in state history, officials said Wednesday. The Lewiston Strong Tuition Waiver program covers more than 80 people. It also creates a fund that the public can donate to that will cover other post-secondary educational expenses. The Oct. 25 shootings left 18

Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit 2023 Scores High Marks For The Automotive Industry

By Lori Lee and Steven N. Larkin In Detroit in 1998, Rainbow PUSH launched its Automotive Project. The purpose today remains the same as over two decades ago: to work with automotive manufacturing companies to ensure African Americans and other people of color have access to opportunities at every level of the industry. It needs to be recognized that even while this year’s conference was taking place, the founder of

WHO asks China for more information about rise in illnesses and pneumonia clusters

GENEVA (AP) - Chinese officials say they did not detect any "unusual or novel diseases" in the country, the World Health Organization said Thursday, following an official request by the U.N. health agency for information about a potentially worrying spike in respiratory illnesses and clusters of pneumonia in children. WHO cited unspecified media reports and a global infectious disease monitoring service as reporting clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia in children in

Lawsuit seeks $5M for Black former delivery driver who says white men shot at him in Mississippi

BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS   JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Black former delivery driver in Mississippi who says two white men shot into his work van and then pursued him in a high-speed chase last year has filed a new lawsuit against the men and his former employer, FedEx. This is the second civil suit on behalf of D'Monterrio Gibson, and it seeks at least $5 million. The two men were

Ransomware attack prompts multistate hospital chain to divert some emergency room patients elsewhere

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A ransomware attack has prompted a healthcare chain that operates 30 hospitals in six states to divert patients from at least some of its emergency rooms to other hospitals, while putting certain elective procedures on pause, the company announced. In a statement Monday, Ardent Health Services said the attack occurred Nov. 23 and the company took its network offline, suspending user access to its information technology

Shippers anticipate being able to meet holiday demand

(AP) Carriers like the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and United Parcel Service have capacity to meet projected demand this holiday season, which is cheery news for shippers and shoppers alike. Like last year, there's expected to be little drama compared to struggles during the pandemic when people hunkered down at home and turned to online shopping while major carriers including the Postal Service simultaneously struggled with absences and a flood

Commission says North Carolina sports betting likely won’t begin in January

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - With licensing applications yet to be received and rules yet to be approved, legalized sports betting in North Carolina isn't expected to begin in early January as the state's new gambling laws permitted. Legislation approved by the General Assembly this year said the North Carolina State Lottery Commission, which is tasked with regulating the new mobile and in-person sports gambling, has until next June 15 to