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  • Louisiana redistricting case seen as crucial test of Voting Rights Act


    In a racially mixed corner of Shreveport, La., a small group of white voters protested loudly this year that they did not want to be part of a majority black district when the legislature redrew the state’s political boundaries. The Republican-led statehouse complied, drawing a line around the community to accommodate them.

    That line is at the heart of a case before the Justice Department that is seen as a critical test of how the Obama administration will interpret the controversial Voting Rights Act as it rules on a new wave of redistricting plans.

  • More schools rethinking zero-tolerance discipline stand


    Nearly two decades after a zero-tolerance culture took hold in American schools, a growing number of educators and elected leaders are scaling back discipline policies that led to lengthy suspensions and ousters for such mistakes as carrying toy guns or Advil.

  • In Shift, Justice Department is Hiring Lawyers With Civil Rights Backgrounds


    WASHINGTON — Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has reversed a pattern of systematically hiring conservative lawyers with little experience in civil rights, the practice that caused a scandal over politicization during the Bush administration.

  • Rights groups ask court to join prisoner-redistricting suit


    NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) - Three civil-rights organizations have requested permission to join as defendants in a lawsuit brought by state senators and citizens who wish to block a law changing the way New York's prisoners are counted for census purposes.

  • Court ruling victory for African American firefighters


    CHICAGO - It was a long time in coming and a major blow against discrimination in hiring practices here. The 7th US Court of Appeals ordered the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) to hire 111 African Americans who had passed a qualifying exam to become fire fighters in 1995, but then weren't considered after the qualifying criteria was changed.