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Ill. Lawmakers: School Funding Plan Narrows Rich-Poor Disparities

Ill. Lawmakers: School Funding Plan Narrows Rich-Poor Disparities

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate on Tuesday approved a school funding overhaul that supporters hailed as “historic,” saying it will increase aid to all of the state’s more than 800 districts and eliminate large disparities between rich and poor schools.  Senators voted 38-13 to send the measure to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who […]

At a Crowded Houston Shelter, a Long Night Following Harvey

At a Crowded Houston Shelter, a Long Night Following Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) — With more guests than cots, some people slept on chairs or the floor. People hung towels and wet clothes on the base of the ceiling supports. Police officers guarded several entrances. Outside, dozens of people still awake stood with their pets and traded cigarettes. People who escaped rising floodwaters and pouring rain […]

Lawmakers: Military Gear for Police Will Hurt Community Relations

Lawmakers: Military Gear for Police Will Hurt Community Relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Local police departments will soon have access to grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and other surplus U.S. military gear after President Donald Trump signed an order Monday reviving a Pentagon program that civil rights groups say inflames tensions between officers and their communities.  President Barack Obama had sharply curtailed the program in 2015 […]

Civil Rights and Political Leaders Decry Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio

Civil Rights and Political Leaders Decry Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio

Political, civil rights and community leaders nationwide are condemning President Donald Trump’s late Aug. 25 pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff for Maricopa County, Arizona.  Arpaio, 85, has faced numerous legal issues, including what amounted to racial profiling of Latinos in the Phoenix area during immigration sweeps by his deputies. A U.S. judge had […]

President Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Sends Shockwaves

President Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Sends Shockwaves

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump spared former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a possible jail sentence late on Friday by pardoning the recent federal conviction stemming from his immigration patrols, reversing what critics saw as a long-awaited comeuppance for a lawman who escaped accountability for headline-grabbing tactics during his tenure as metropolitan Phoenix’s top law enforcer.  […]

The Latest News in Trump’s America – Aug. 24

The Latest News in Trump’s America – Aug. 24

Every other Thursday, Equal Voice News tracks the latest from the Trump administration, whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity, and how families and grassroots organizations are working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest: A Steep Price for DREAMers President Donald Trump is known for deals. Now, his administration is reportedly […]

A Look at Joe Arpaio’s Legal Issues in ‘Law and Order’ Arizona

A Look at Joe Arpaio’s Legal Issues in ‘Law and Order’ Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Gary Donahoe learned firsthand the consequences of crossing Sheriff Joe Arpaio when the lawman was still one of Arizona’s most powerful politicians.  Arpaio was launching criminal investigations against county officials eight years ago because he was upset at them over budget cuts and opposed the county’s plan to build a new courthouse […]

California to Address Affordable Housing Crisis, Gov. Brown Says

California to Address Affordable Housing Crisis, Gov. Brown Says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have promised to tackle California’s affordable housing crisis in their final weeks of work this year by pushing a package that includes regulatory reforms and money for low-income housing.  But some moderate Assembly Democrats are resisting pieces of the deal, particularly a new fee […]

AP: Steve Bannon Leaves a White House Now in Turmoil

AP: Steve Bannon Leaves a White House Now in Turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump’s White House, is leaving.  Trump accepted Bannon’s resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president’s administration in turmoil. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday would be Bannon’s last […]