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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

ATLANTA (AP) — Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over how to best embody the slain civil rights leader against the backdrop of a presidential election year. In Atlanta, Monday's commemorations saw newly appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler testify that King's call to service had shaped her. But it also saw a possible Democratic rival tell attendees at King's onetime church that politicians need to do more than stand where King did on one weekend a year. Loeffler made no mention of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, but a Democratic U.S. House member won applause when he mentioned impeachment.


Former inmate shares message of transformation on MLK Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former inmate Cyntoia Brown-Long shared a message of transformation, appreciation and motivation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Tennessean reports Brown-Long engaged in a discussion Monday with Judge Richard Dinkins at the state museum in Nashville. Brown-Long was released last year from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex at 16. Several celebrities lobbied for her release, calling her a sex trafficking victim and saying her sentence was unfair. Dinkins tied Brown-Long's experience with the work of King, saying they were both advocates for social justice.


Earthquake felt in eastern Tennessee, Kentucky

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A small earthquake hit East Tennessee on Monday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck near Fincastle, Tennessee in Campbell County. A USGS map showed it was felt around East Tennessee and southern Kentucky.  It was the second earthquake to hit the area in two days. The USGS said a magnitude 2.8 earthquake hit on Sunday. There were no immediate reports of damage, news but WVLT-TV viewers said they felt the quake. Tiffany Martin said it shook her house in Oak Ridge and Adam Watson said it rattled his dishes in Whitesburg. Alisa Potts of Williamsburg, Kentucky, said her entire house shook.


10-year-old boy fatally shot in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A 10-year-old Tennessee boy who was shot Sunday evening has died. Memphis police confirmed the death Monday morning in a tweet and said there was an ongoing homicide investigation. They did not release the boy's name. Police said they were called to a location in Memphis around 6 p.m. Sunday, found the child wounded and took him to the hospital. Authorities say they are looking for a man in a white Nissan Altima or Infiniti with a black front bumper. Anyone with information is asked to contact police. No further information was immediately release.


Film probes radical black-Latino-poor white 1960s alliance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., (AP) — A new PBS documentary is exploring a little-known movement in 1960s Chicago that brought together blacks, Latinos and poor whites from Appalachia. “The First Rainbow Coalition,” scheduled to begin airing Jan. 27, on most PBS stations, shows how Black Panther Party members organized Puerto Rican radicals and Confederate flag-waving white southerners to help tackle poverty and discrimination. Filmmaker Ray Santisteban says its a project that took him 14 years to complete. In 1969, Bobby Lee as a member of the Black Panther Party, reached out to southern white migrants living in Chicago to join him in fighting poverty and police misconduct.


US VP Pence honors Martin Luther King Jr. at church service

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a church service Sunday in Tennessee in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Pence attended the service at the Holy City Church of God in Memphis on Sunday, the day before the federal holiday named after the civil rights leader. Pence says King touched the hearts of millions of Americans and his words continue to inspire. Pence acknowledged the nation's deep divide and says Americans must rededicate themselves to the ideals that King advanced. Before the service, Pence toured the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where King was fatally shot on April 4, 1968.