- Ohio seeks adjusted contract rules for minority companies Updated: Apr-30-16 10:51 am
CLEVELAND - Ohio transportation officials are asking the federal government to adjust rules used to award highway design and construction contracts in hopes that it will give more work to minority-owned companies.
- CDC: Teen birth rates plunge, but racial disparities persist Updated: Apr-28-16 2:13 pm
NEW YORK - Birth rates are falling dramatically for black and Hispanic teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens.
- Man pleads no contest to giving minority women KKK fliers Updated: Apr-27-16 7:38 pm
BURLINGTON, Vermont - A white man accused of distributing Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers to two minority women in Vermont has pleaded no contest to charges of disorderly conduct.
- Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima" to be made into an opera Updated: Apr-26-16 5:19 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Rudolfo Anaya's famed novel "Bless Me, Ultima," one of the most recognizable works of Mexican-American Literature and a book some scholars believed sparked the Chicano literary movement in the late 1960s, is being made into an opera.
- Kennewick forms diversity council after social media scuffle Updated: Apr-21-16 10:08 am
KENNEWICK, Washington - The city of Kennewick has formed a diversity council in the wake backlash from a councilman's private Facebook posts that were perceived as being disparaging to the Latino community.
- 2 men charged with invoking candidates' names in clash Updated: Apr-20-16 1:26 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - A Wichita gas station clash in which authorities say racial slurs and the names of presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were shouted has led to misdemeanor charges.
- Report: Life expectancy dipped a bit for white women in US Updated: Apr-20-16 9:47 am
NEW YORK - Life expectancy for white women has fallen a little, according to a new government report.
- Poet laureate will speak at U of Illinois Updated: Apr-19-16 11:01 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will read poetry and have a book signing at the University of Illinois on April 28.
- Fishing fan George H. W. Bush gets giant replica lure Updated: Apr-15-16 2:56 pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Former President George H.W. Bush loves to fish and his well-known appreciation for angling landed him a giant replica of a lure.
- The Latest: Protesters: Trump's visit opens old wounds Updated: Apr-14-16 6:41 pm
PATCHOGUE, New York - The Latest on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's appearance at a fundraising gala on Long Island: (all times local):
- Trump visit roils town still healing from Latino's killing Updated: Apr-14-16 1:44 am
PATCHOGUE, New York - Some Latinos are decrying Donald Trump's planned appearance at a Republican fundraiser in suburban New York days ahead of the state's primary.
- Report: Recidivism remains a criminal justice challenge Updated: Apr-12-16 7:50 pm
BOSTON - People with prior involvement in the Massachusetts criminal justice system account for three out of every four new convictions. That's one finding of a panel set up to study the problem of recidivism in the state.
- A Trump effect in Connecticut? Updated: Apr-11-16 9:29 am
DANBURY, Connecticut - Ecuadorians, Dominicans, Mexicans, Guatemalans and Colombians previously content with permanent legal status suddenly want to become citizens and claim their right to vote.
- National group launches voter-registration drive in Florida Updated: Apr-07-16 2:44 pm
MIAMI - The nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization has launched a major voter-registration drive in the battleground state of Florida to identify and sign up hundreds of thousands of potential Hispanic voters.
- Chicano poet Jimmy Santiago Baca film set for June release Updated: Apr-07-16 1:13 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A documentary about Chicano writer Jimmy Santiago Baca is set to be released in June and producers hope to screen it in schools with Latino and Native American students.
- Justice Sotomayor pleads for students to vote Updated: Apr-07-16 3:13 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered an impassioned plea to an admiring audience to get involved in politics and legislative elections during a public appearance at a private college perched in the hills of northern New Mexico.
- Group behind 2010 Arizona boycott considers new effort Updated: Apr-06-16 6:54 pm
PHOENIX - Latino and civil rights groups behind a 2010 boycott of Arizona designed to pressure the state into stopping anti-immigrant legislation on Wednesday said they are considering a renewed boycott because of a new series of legislative proposals.
- Huerta: No ill feelings with Rosario Dawson over Sanders Updated: Apr-05-16 8:47 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Mexican-American civil rights activist Dolores Huerta said she holds no ill feelings toward actress Rosario Dawson over her "open letter" criticizing Huerta for supporting Hillary Clinton for president.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Joining immigration fight against Obama Updated: Apr-04-16 9:12 pm
WASHINGTON - Forty-three Republican senators on Monday joined the legal challenge to President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, arguing that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants.
- Supreme Court ruling on Texas redistricting cheers Democrats Updated: Apr-04-16 6:33 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court handed Texas a victory Monday, upholding the state's system of drawing legislative voting districts based on everyone who lives there - not just registered voters.
- Supreme Court bolsters political influence of US Latinos Updated: Apr-04-16 4:03 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court unanimously endorsed election maps that bolster the growing political influence of America's Latinos on Monday, ruling that states can count everyone, not just eligible voters, in drawing voting districts.
- Supreme Court will take up case about juror's racial bias Updated: Apr-04-16 9:46 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether jurors' claims of racially charged comments by another juror can overcome the need for secrecy in jury deliberations.
- Yakima council expected to drop appeal of voting-rights case Updated: Apr-04-16 7:25 am
YAKIMA, Washington - The Yakima City Council is expected to drop its appeal of the American Civil Liberties Union voting rights lawsuit that changed city elections last year.
- Bilingual police officers needed in southern New Jersey Updated: Apr-03-16 10:22 am
BRIDGETON, New Jersey - Bridgeton Patrolman Christian Acevedo's visit to the J & M variety store began with a simple "Hola, como estas," which was met with smiles from those inside and led to a conversation with the woman working the counter.
- Open casting call for 'Hamilton' causes a little ruckus Updated: Mar-31-16 10:46 am
NEW YORK - The Broadway smash "Hamilton," which has been cheered for reclaiming the nation's founding story by a multicultural cast, has oddly come under fire for specifically seeking "nonwhite men and women" for upcoming roles in future versions.