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Month: April 2021

Prosecution and defense teams in Derek Chauvin’s sentencing argue whether aggravating factors apply

Prosecutors for the state of Minnesota and an attorney for Derek Chauvin argued in separate filings Friday whether additional factors should affect Chauvin’s sentence. The former Minneapolis police officer was convicted on April 20 of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, and sentencing will be determined in June. Prosecutors said five aggravating

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South Dakota governor sues Interior Dept. over denied permit for Mount Rushmore July 4th fireworks

Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is suing Interior Department officials including Secretary Deb Haaland for declining to grant a permit for a Fourth of July event including fireworks at Mount Rushmore this year, according to a news release from the governor’s office. “After telling us they’d ‘circle back,’ the Biden administration has not responded

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Former Georgia deputy called beating Black man in custody ‘sweet stress relief,’ FBI says

A former Georgia sheriff’s deputy who pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge also previously discussed assaulting a Black person and wanting to charge Black people with felonies in order to prevent them from voting, federal investigators allege in court records. Cody Richard Griggers, 28, of Montrose, Georgia, entered a guilty plea on Monday of

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McConnell sends letter to Education secretary demanding removal of the 1619 Project from federal grant programs

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is wading into the culture wars Friday morning. In a letter obtained by CNN, the Republican leader asks Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to abandon curriculum in American schools that McConnell argues tells a revisionist history of America’s founding. McConnell claims these programs such as The New York Times 1619 Project

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Some MU students could face disciplinary action after a campus protest Thursday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Some MU students could face disciplinary action after protests on campus. Dozens of students protested the restructuring of the university’s social justice centers Thursday. MU spokesperson Christian Basi confirmed that demonstrators walked through Jesse Hall and a student union after being told that disruptions were not allowed there. He says that any

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