Tay Anderson files defamation lawsuit against accusers

Two months after a third-party investigator found that claims of sexual assault against Denver school board member Tay Anderson were unsubstantiated, Anderson has filed a lawsuit against people and organizations who made the sexual misconduct allegations last spring. Anderson, 23, is suing the civil rights organization Black Lives Matter 5280 and four people associated with […]

IDOT, State Police encourage drivers to prepare for winter

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police have launched a new campaign to encourage motorists for winter weather. The agencies also introduced two new snow plows and offered tips for safe winter driving in Illinois during their “Winter Weather, Get It Together” campaign. The campaign is intended to remind drivers of the […]

Settlement to give Black and Latino students more access to NYC high school sports teams

New York City will expand access to sports teams in the wake of a lawsuit that claimed Black and Latino students were systematically denied access to the same athletic opportunities as students of other races. Under a preliminary settlement agreement announced Wednesday, the education department will group certain nearby high schools so they can share […]

Senate, House ARPA spending bill not ready to be sent to governor

American Rescue Plan Act spending bills in the Massachusetts legislature need to be reconciled before heading to the desk of Gov. Charlie Baker. The House passed H. 4219 in October and the Senate ratified its spending plan last week. Each bill calls for investments in infrastructure, health care and mental health services, housing and workforce development. The Senate bill […]

Cornerstone of MTA’s Fast-Track Plans Racking Up Delays and Dollars

The MTA’s multi-billion-dollar quest to speed up subway trips by replacing ancient signals is running into delays and cost increases. The transit agency plans to spend more than $7 billion for new signals on sections of six lines as part of its 2020 to 2024 capital program. But snags with ongoing signal replacement projects in […]

Why wearing a poppy and taking a knee in football should not be dismissed as ‘gesture politics’

At the London Stadium on Sunday, November 7, the players of West Ham United and Liverpool football clubs gathered around the centre circle, arms interlinked. Falling poppies filled the big screen as former England team captain Trevor Brooking read John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Field, and a trumpeter played The Last Post. Such remembrance ceremonies […]

Election officials caution against rushed software rollout

County election officials are once again expressing grave concerns about Montana’s readiness to transition to a new election software system, even as Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s office contemplates implementing that transition on Jan. 3, 2022. In letters and emails sent to Jacobsen throughout this fall, a group of election administrators has repeatedly and explicitly […]

Minnesota taxpayers pay $2 million travel expenses despite many lawmakers staying home

Minnesota taxpayers paid $2 million to cover lawmakers’ per diem travel costs despite many of them working from home. Fox 9 first reported the story using an analysis of finance records. Per diem is paid out on top of lawmakers’ $48,250 base salary for living and travel expenses to St. Paul seven days a week during the regular legislative […]

Wyoming plans to expand sports betting despite low initial numbers

Wyoming saw its first month of sports betting close out with lower than expected numbers, but the state still plans to expand the industry. Wyoming’s first two sports betting enterprises, DraftKings and BetMGM, together took in more than $6 million in wagers during September, the Wyoming Business Report reported. Estimates of yearly wager totals, also called […]

For this West Philadelphia teacher, racial justice is at the core of her work

Last year the country was rocked by mass protests sparked by fatal police encounters with unarmed Black people, most notably, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. This week, two court cases involving race and racial profiling lead the news. In Georgia, three white men are on trial for killing a Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, as he […]