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Viral Video of Daycare Employee Mistreating a Black Child Spurs Investigation

A Black toddler was subjected to having her hair pulled and being pushed by the employee.

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In a video that has now gone viral on Instagram and Facebook, a woman is shown pushing and pulling the hair of a toddler at a daycare center.

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Shutdown Over Border Wall Stops Over 42,000 Immigration Hearings in Their Tracks

"Largely, the individuals in the immigration courts and the ones getting their cases cancelled during the shutdown are on the lower end of the economic spectrum," said Alan Pollack, a New Jersey immigration attorney.

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A report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says that the tally of canceled immigration hearings, currently almost 43,000 for the shutdown period, would likely grow by 20,000 for each additional week the government fails to reopen.

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Update: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Jazmine Barnes' Killing

"At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting," the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said, in a statement early Sunday, that homicide investigators have filed a capital murder charge against Eric Black Jr., 20, for the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Texas.

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Texas County Swears In Record Number of Black Women Judges

17 new Black female judges were sworn in and they're planning to change the system that has disproportionately criminalized people of color.

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Black women made history in Harris County, Texas as they were elected as judges with aspirations to change the face (and reach) of justice.

"The people said it was time for a change," said Germaine Tanner, one of the women elected.

"We can lead here in Harris County. We can lead in the state of Texas," LaShawn Williams said.

"For black women particularly, we take a seat at the table and things change. For us in this situation it will change in terms of criminal justice reform, health care, these are the kinds of cases that will come before us and really impact our community."

Harris County now has a total of 19 Black women serving as judges — 17 are first timers and two ran for re-election.

On Jan. 1, Black Girl Magic happened and they were sworn in:

Who the judges are: Sandra Peake, Judge Ramona Franklin, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Hollerman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn A. Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda M. Dunson, Toria J. Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia G. Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin and Lori Chambers Gray.

Harris County, Houston's home and the largest county in Texas, which has a 63 percent Black and Latino population, had the largest turn-out at the polls for midterms in the county's history.

There were some voting issues, as also recorded in states like Georgia and Florida, where technology issues resulted in a suit by Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Organizing Project to keep polls open later, avoiding disenfranchisement.

Additionally, there were outright attempts to suppress the Black vote, including a Harris County poll worker who told a Black voter, "Maybe if I'd worn my blackface makeup today you could comprehend what I'm saying to you."

When the voter said she was going to call the police, the poll worker responded: "If you call the police, they're going to take you to jail and do something to you, because I'm white."

She was subsequently fired, and voters made their voices heard in an election that featured more Black women on Harris County's ballot than any other.

The newly elected judges will make decisions in the county, where 80 percent of the inmates are people of color.

Although judges are not the only ones at fault for racial disparities in sentencing, they can change the status quo. They set the tone in the courtroom and can make sure everyone gets a fair hearing.

"We talked about coming in and being more compassionate," Ms. Latosha Lewis Payne said of her newly elected colleagues.

"Being more understanding of the poor and disadvantaged that come into the judicial system."She added, "I hope that our election will usher in courts that ensure an equal opportunity for justice for all."

Reader Question: What issues do you think these women can tackle as a collective?


Texas Man Goes on Tirade Against Couple Protesting Confederate Monument: Video

"You try to destroy our heritage; you're tearing down monuments!" he screamed.

A man was caught on camera in a profanity-filled rant against a couple protesting in front of a Confederate monument in Orange, Texas.

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Texas High School Students Chant the N-Word: Video

The teens that attend Carroll Senior High School have barely been reprimanded.

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In Southlake, Texas, Carroll Senior High School officials reprimanded a group of white students who were captured on video spewing racist tirades.

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Mistaken Vote Gets Black Woman Sent to Federal Prison

"I attempted to vote in November 2016 under the impression I had a voice, unaware that my voice had been taken away from me to cast a vote," Crystal Mason said.

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As stories of voter suppression attempts, such as in Georgia and North Dakota, continue to surface, in Fort Worth, Texas, Crystal Mason is currently serving 10 months in federal prison for voting. There's also a possibility she could serve an additional five years for voter fraud.

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Black Mother Calls 911 for Help and Her Family Gets Brutalized by Cops: Video

"It was the worst nightmare I could ever imagine," said Sammie Anderson.

The Desoto, Texas police department released a dashcam video on Monday following pressure from civil rights activists concerned by Sammie Anderson's claims of police brutality against her family.

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3D Gun Printer Founder Charged With Sexual Assault of a Minor

Cody Wilson was allegedly tipped off in Taipei, Taiwan, and didn't come back to the U.S.

Cody Wilson was charged with sexual assault of a child, which is a second-degree felony, on Wednesday, according to the Austin Police Department.

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Rice University Waives Tuition for Low-Income and Middle-Class Students

Could this start a trend towards universal education for all American students?

Rice University, a private 4-year university in Houston, TX., has decided to award scholarships that will cover the cost of tuition to students from low-income and middle-income families starting next fall.

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School Superintendent on Texans' Deshaun Watson: 'You Can't Count on a Black Quarterback'

Lynn Redden makes a racist Facebook post then offers a canned apology.

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Onalaska School Superintendent, Lynn Redden, could be in hot water after making racist statements about a Black NFL player on Facebook.

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Is it Best for Couples Who Have Children with Disabilities to Divorce?

Some parents struggling to pay for health care are considering divorce so their child with a disability could receive Medicaid.

Jake and Maria Grey are considering ending their nine-year marriage to qualify for state aid. / WFAA screenshot

Parents of children with disabilities would be inclined to divorce each other to put their son or daughter in a better position to receive Medicaid. This is more common than you might think.

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