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BREAKING NEWS: Kansas Supreme Court Affirms State Redistricting Plan Dividing Wyandotte County in Half

OVERLAND PARK, KS – In a stunning blow to Wyandotte County and Lawrence voters, the Kansas Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a legislatively drawn map that voting rights advocates said were examples of a racial and partisan gerrymander. It is likely that the so-called “Ad Astra” map, that sliced Wyandotte County in half and drowns progressive-voting Lawrence in a […]

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First All-Black Team Summits Mt. Everest

The first all-Black Mount Everest expedition team, Full Circle Everest, conquered the highest mountain on Earth on May 12. The team of climbers include Manoah Ainuu, Eddie Taylor, Rosemary Saal, Demond “Dom” Mullins, Thomas Moore, James “KG” Kagami and Evan Green. “I am deeply honored to report that seven members of the Full Circle Everest […]

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U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI

The federal government said last week that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws. The U.S. Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission jointly issued guidance […]

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6 Black Colleges Getting Cybersecurity Centers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six historically Black universities in five Southern states will be getting the first IBM cybersecurity centers aimed at training underrepresented communities, the company said. The schools are Xavier University of Louisiana, that state’s Southern University System, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Clark Atlanta and Morgan State universities, according to a […]

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6 Months in, Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Has 4,300 Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after the signing of President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure package, the government said Monday there are 4,300 projects underway with more than $110 billion in funding announced — milestones the administration is publicly heralding as midterm politics intensify. White House senior adviser Mitch Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans, said the roads, bridges […]

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Spire and Evergy Program to Help Customers With Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

Spire and Evergy are teaming up to offer Pay As You Save (PAYS®), a program helping Missouri customers reduce their utility bills through energy-efficiency upgrades with little to no upfront costs. While Evergy launched a PAYS program in 2021, this is the first time Spire and Evergy are jointly offering PAYS to assist customers of both utilities. To participate, […]

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Starbucks to Cover Travel for Workers Seeking Abortions

Starbucks says it will now offer employees enrolled in its health care plan reimbursement for eligible travel expenses when accessing abortion or gender-affirming procedures, when those services are not available within 100 miles of a worker’s home. The Seattle-based coffee chain said Monday that the benefit will also be available to dependents of employees enrolled […]

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Missouri Legislature Ends Tumultuous 2022 Session Marked by Gridlock, GOP Infighting

A flurry of activity in the Missouri House on Friday kept 2022 from earning the ignominious distinction of least productive legislative session in modern history.  With GOP infighting in the Senate forcing it to adjourn a day early after a session that’s seen it mired in gridlock, the House returned Friday morning to pass 20 bills […]