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Alabama high school’s attempt to ban same-sex prom couples fails

Officials rejected an Alabama high school that sought to ban same-sex couples from attending the school’s prom. Greenville High School is attempting to clean up its mess after the school’s principal send out a set of rules for the spring prom that defined prom dates as “traditional couples.”

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Georgia health program targets HIV treatment, prevention in black women

A Georgia heath program is helping black women get treatment for mental illness and substance abuse. By doing so, SHE PREVAILS is seeking to cut down on the number of HIV cases in African American women. 

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Bill would allow spanking in Kansas classrooms that leave marks

A Kansas lawmaker wants to make it legal for teachers and caregivers to spank children. House member Gail Finney, D-Wichita, said the bill was designed with restoring parental rights in mind. 

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Georgia officials approve Confederate flag specialty license plates

Georgia officials have approved a license plate featuring the Confederate flag, angering civil rights advocates. The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested the new plate design. 

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Former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds arrested on charges of sexual misconduct

Less than a year after former Rep. Mel Reynolds ran for Congress, the convicted sex offender is once again facing allegations of misconduct. This time, the charges against Reynolds come during his stay in Zimbabwe. The Herald, Zimbabwe’s state-owned newspaper, reported that Reynolds was arrested after being found with pornography. 

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Rapper receives death threats over religious song

A Texas-based Christian rapper has received death threats for releasing a song in opposition of same-sex relationships. Bizzle, 30, created a song called “Same Love Response,” as a spin off to Macklemore’s track, “Same Love” which advocates for same-sex marriage equality. 

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Racist threat left on dorm room door at GVSU, investigation underway

Authorities at Grand Valley State University are investigating an incident where a black student found a racist threat written on their dorm room door’s message board. According to Dean of Students Bart Merkle, the student returned to the Copeland Living Center Monday and found the message. 

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BYP Memo: Equal Protection? Race and Young People’s Attitudes Toward the Legal System

The verdicts in the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis cases have focused increased attention on racial disparities in the American justice system, and according to The BYP’s latest memo, nearly three-quarters of Black Youth believe the legal system does not treat all groups equally, a rate considerably higher than that for white and Latino youth.

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Dunn trial juror #4 says they voted 9-3 to convict him of first-degree murder

For the first time after the verdict, one of the jurors in the Michael Dunn trial is speaking out. Only known as Juror #4, the woman told ABC News’ Byron Pitts that the initial vote in favor of the first-degree murder conviction was 10-2. 

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James Meredith statue vandalized by racists on University of Mississippi campus

The University of Mississippi’s campus police department is investigating an incident of vandalism. An older version of the Georgia state flag and a noose were placed around the neck of James Meredith, the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi.

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