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'Juneteenth' Marks Day Slaves In Texas Were Told They Were Free

After the Emancipation Proclamation, some slave owners kept the news from their slaves. In a 1941 recording, a former slave recalls June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas were told they were free.

NAACP Urges S.C. To Remove Confederate Flag From State Capitol

The NAACP issued the demand in the wake of the mass shooting at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C. The shooting reignites an old debate over the flag's prominence in the South.

Week In Politics: Charleston, S.C., Shooting, Papal Encyclical

NPR's Melissa Block talks with regular political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution about this week's mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, and pending decisions from the Supreme Court.

Settlement Reached To Overhaul Mississippi Juvenile Courts

The Justice Department deal follows a scathing report that uncovered systemic violations of due process rights of young people.

Family Knew Slain Charleston Pastor Would Lead A Consequential Life

Rev. Clementa Pinckney was devoted to public service. He was a state senator and champion of civil rights. Those who knew him say he was a natural leader, whether in politics or in the church.

Pope Makes Climate Change An Issue For GOP Presidential Candidates

Pope Francis made headlines around the world with his encyclical calling for action on climate change. In the U.S., that's put Republican presidential candidates on the defensive.

Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Against the backdrop of several fiery derailments, safety advocates are questioning whether new federal rules meant to prevent incidents go far enough. Opponents say the new rules are too costly.

Charleston, S.C., Mayor Says Shooting Is 'Impossible To Digest'

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley about the shootings at a historic black church on Wednesday. He says it is the saddest day in his 40 years as mayor.
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Did Republicans Help Elect The Democratic Candidate For Mayor Of Alexandria?

Republicans in Alexandria may have taken advantage of Virginia's open primaries to help Allison Silberberg defeat incumbent Mayor Bill Euille in the recent Democratic primary.

House Advances Bill To Give President Obama Fast Track Trade Authority

After a week of legislative maneuvering, the House passed a bill again on Thursday to allow President Obama to negotiate a free trade agreement with Pacific countries.