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Discrimination trial begins for gay ex-Tennessee magistrate

Discrimination trial begins for gay ex-Tennessee magistrate

The discrimination trial has begun for an openly gay former Tennessee magistrate who sued in 2015 over her firing. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Monday that was the first day of trial for 38-year-old Elizabeth Gentzler, who filed the lawsuit against Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw and his administrator, Sam Mairs, seeking $500,000 in damages. Gentzler testified […]

Northam to unveil special session budget proposal

Northam to unveil special session budget proposal

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam renewed his call for Medicaid expansion Wednesday as he unveiled the budget he will propose to lawmakers when they return for a special session next month. But the spending plan was quickly dismissed by a top Republican, who said a fight over the budget likely won‘t be resolved soon. The Democratic governor held a news conference […]

Part of bridge will be preserved along Purple Line trail

Part of bridge will be preserved along Purple Line trail

A historic railroad bridge that served as a lifeline for a segregated African-American community just outside the nation‘s capital is being torn down to make way for a light-rail line, and now the community will be deprived of a northern exit in the process. Residents of Lyttonsville, founded in 1853 by a free black laborer, have long tried to preserve […]

Teague named Tennessee Democratic Party executive director

Teague named Tennessee Democratic Party executive director

A former Planned Parenthood official has joined the Tennessee Democratic Party as its executive director. According to news release from the party, new executive director Jeff Teague most recently served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. Teague has also served in campaign and vice presidential office roles for Al Gore. Teague replaced former party […]

Mississippi hires pension director from Georgia government

Mississippi hires pension director from Georgia government

The Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System is hiring a new director from Georgia. Ray Higgins will be the sixth leader of the Mississippi government pension system in its 66-year history. The current director, Pat Robertson, is retiring June 30 at the end of the current state budget year. Higgins will work with her during June, and he succeeds her as […]

39 Indians in Mosul shot dead over a year ago: Iraqi official

39 Indians in Mosul shot dead over a year ago: Iraqi official

The 39 Indian workers who were killed after being kidnapped in 2014 by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq’s Mosul were shot dead, most of them in the head, forensic tests have confirmed. Iraq’s Department of Forensic Medicine under its Ministry of Health conducted the tests (and the DNA tests) on the bodies that had been exhumed by Martyrs Foundation […]

How a personality quiz on Facebook helped Trump campaign find voters in 2016

How a personality quiz on Facebook helped Trump campaign find voters in 2016

It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media, like “Which Pokeman Are You?” and “What Are Your Most Used Words?” This one, an app called “thisismydigitallife”, was a personality quiz, asking questions about how outgoing a person is, how vengeful one can be, whether one finishes projects, worries a lot, […]

Iran, Pakistan vow to expand cultural relations

Iran, Pakistan vow to expand cultural relations

Shahaboddin Darabi, the Cultural Attaché of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Islamabad, thanked the government of Pakistan for promoting Iranian language and culture in Pakistan especially in the fields of art and calligraphy. The Iranian official met with Irfan Siddiqui, Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Division with the status of Federal Minister, […]

Raj Babbar denies offering to quit UPCC chief‘s post

Raj Babbar denies offering to quit UPCC chief‘s post

Speculations over reports of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar’s purported resignation offer on Tuesday evening subsided nearly a day later, with the actor-turned-politician denying any such occurrence. “I cannot say yes or no to an issue that has not taken place. A resolution was passed at the plenary session, authorising Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to restructure the […]

Jones‘ Air NZ comments ‘a step too far‘ – PM

Jones‘ Air NZ comments ‘a step too far‘ – PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reined in New Zealand First minister Shane Jones after he called for the chairman of Air New Zealand to be sacked. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones. Photo: RNZ Mr Jones, who is the Regional Economic Development Minister, has put Air New Zealand‘s board and its chief executive on notice, […]