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Black Children Experiencing Post-Recession Gains

Eight years after the Great Recession, Black children are prospering in some regards and still struggling in others – this, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, a respected report on child wellbeing issued each year.

YOUR VOICE: As a new school year starts in the wake of pass accreditation controversies and testing scandals, are we doing enough to prepare our kids for secondary education?

Nicole Butler, Stone Mountain “I definitely think we are. My daughter attends school in DeKalb County and DeKalb has a new superintendent, Dr. Green, who has come in recently and he is going to move things in the right direction.”

Civil Rights leaders reflect on the signing of the Voting Rights Act

On August 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by then President Lyndon Baines Johnson. It culminated months of protest and an 80 mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March of 1965.

Blacks in Newsroom at All-Time Low Fewer African-Americans since Civil Rights Era

Last week, The Huffington Post offered this bold headline: "There will be more non-white journalists because the public will demand them."

Former Ferguson cop Darren Wilson opens up about his life in seclusion

Darren Wilson may have been legally vindicated in killing Michael Brown, but in many ways, he doesn't live like a free man.

Memphis shooting: Suspect in officer's slaying arrested

The man accused of killing an officer in Memphis, Tennessee, has surrendered to authorities, but the case is far from over, the city's police chief said.

School resource officer sued for allegedly handcuffing children with ADHD

A Kentucky sheriff's deputy now faces a federal lawsuit for handcuffing elementary school children who were acting out as a result of their hyperactivity disorder and other disabilities, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

GA Is Segregating Troublesome Kids in Schools Used During Jim Crow

Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

YOUR VOICE: What do you think the investigation into the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown will reveal… murder, accident or suicide?

Kwes Zachary, Atlanta “I think it’s going reveal murder. I think all of the signs are pointing to foul play. It just seems a bit too coincidental for anything else in my opinion.”

Even Though Blacks Borrow More for College, Enrollment Declines

Recognizing that a college degree is one of the surest paths to a job and economic security, Black families are taking on more student loan debt than White and Hispanic families, according to a new report by Wells Fargo.

NEWS BRIEFS: Residents say sweltering heat persists at Atlanta apartments

Residents of an Atlanta apartment building say the sweltering heat inside is continuing, despite assurances from the building’s managers that the air conditioning has been fixed.

Medical Examiner: Autopsy planned for Bobbi Kristina Brown

An autopsy will be needed to evaluate what led to the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of singer Whitney Houston, authorities said Monday, the day after her death.

Lafayette theater shooter switched license plates, had wigs waiting in hotel

Before John Houser shot 11 people at a Louisiana movie theater, he switched his car's license plate and planned to use wigs found in his hotel room as apparent disguise.

Lafayette theater shooter had history of 'erratic behavior,' court documents say

John Russell "Rusty" Houser -- the gunman in Thursday's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana -- earned a law degree, operated taverns, ran for public office and loved political debate. He was something of a public figure in Columbus, Georgia.

Two women killed in Louisiana theater shooting

One co-owned a gift and toy shop. Another was a college student who also worked at a women's clothing store and planned to start radiology school in the coming days.