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Ex-officer Gets 14 Years For Killing Unarmed Black Man

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A white former Alabama police officer who killed an unarmed black man in 2016 was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison. A judge handed down the sentence to former Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith, news outlets reported. Smith was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in November for the 2016 shooting death of Gregory Gunn, 58. Smith shot and killed Gunn after he fled
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Changing Of The Guard At IBM

The IBM (NYSE: IBM) Board of Directors has elected Arvind Krishna as Chief Executive Officer of the company and a member of the Board of Directors, effective April 6, 2020.  Krishna is currently IBM Senior Vice President for Cloud and Cognitive Software, and was a principal architect of the company's acquisition of Red Hat.   James Whitehurst, IBM Senior Vice President and CEO of Red Hat, was also elected by the Board as IBM President,
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Dem AG Josh Stein Will Fight Voter ID Gains By NC NAACP

By Martha Waggoner Associated Press (AP)—North Carolina will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that blocks the state’s photo identification voting law but not before the March 3 primary, the state Department of Justice said Thursday. The office of Attorney General Josh Stein said in a news release that he will appeal the decision issued Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs. The judge ruled the ID mandate is tainted
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With Hours’ Notice, Fort Bragg Troop to Middle East

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of U.S. soldiers deployed Saturday from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Kuwait to serve as reinforcements in the Middle East amid rising tensions following the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general. Lt. Col. Mike Burns, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, told The Associated Press 3,500 members of the division’s quick-deployment brigade, known officially as its Immediate Response Force, will have deployed
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Dems Appeal Obamacare Ruling To Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that could put the Obama-era health law squarely in the middle of the 2020 election, Democratic-led states Friday asked the Supreme Court for a fast-track review of a recent court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest. A coalition of 20 states led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a petition seeking expedited review, joined
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Judge Halts Latest North Carolina Voter ID Mandate

Spearman, Joyner and other NC NAACP supports at announcement of injunction on Friday RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican attempts to require photo identification to vote in North Carolina are being thwarted again by judges hearing arguments that the mandate is tainted by bias that would deter black and Latino residents. A federal court announced that next week U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs will formally block a photo ID requirement scheduled
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Slave Cemetery Poses Questions For Florida Country Club

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The rumors swirled for decades: A dark history long lay buried under the grassy knolls and manicured lawns of a country club in Florida’s capital city. Over the years, neat rows of rectangular depressions along the 7th fairway deepened in the grass, outlining what would be confirmed this month as sunken graves of the slaves who lived and died on a plantation that once sprawled with
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$255 Million Guaranteed! The FUTURES Act Passed.

Alma Adams, democratic congresswoman from North Carolina. The FUTURES Act was first introduced in May of this year. North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams had a vision for education and sustainability for the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The House voted 319-96 to pass the bill December 13, and the Senate followed suit by unanimous consent a few hours later. The compromise bill hammered out in the Senate streamlines the
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NCCU: Moton To Be Inducted Into CIAA Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina Central University men’s basketball head coach LeVelle Moton (Raleigh, N.C.) has been selected as a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s (CIAA) 2020 John B. McLendon Hall of Fame Class, the conference announced on Friday, Dec. 20. Moton will be one of five inductees in a class that focuses on basketball as the league celebrates the 75th edition of its basketball tournament.  Joining Moton will be:
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Microsoft Expanding In The Triangle Area

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. plans to further expand its North Carolina workforce with 500 new jobs in the Raleigh-Durham area announced on Tuesday, less than two months after the software and cloud-computing giant unveiled additional positions for Charlotte.  Gov. Roy Cooper and Microsoft executives held a news conference in Raleigh to unveil a $47.5 million investment at company operations in Morrisville, which is home to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.