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The main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. student Natalee Holloway has landed in the U.S. after being handed over to U.S. custody. Joran van der Sloot's arrival comes roughly a month after both countries agreed on his extradition. He is wanted in the U.S. on one count each of extortion and wire fraud — the only charges to have ever linked the Dutch citizen to Holloway’s disappearance on the Caribbean island of Aruba. Van der Sloot has been serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for the murder of a Peruvian woman.

The Supreme Court has issued a surprising ruling in favor of Black voters in a congressional redistricting case, rejecting a Republican-led effort to weaken a landmark voting rights law. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined with the court’s liberals in affirming a lower-court ruling that found a likely violation of the Voting Rights Act in an Alabama congressional map. The map had one majority Black seat out of seven congressional districts in a state where more than one in four residents is Black. The case had been closely watched for its potential to weaken the landmark voting rights law.

Della Simpson Maynor was just 14 when she marched for voting rights in her hometown of Marion, Alabama, but she says she clearly remembers the police attacking the demonstrators. She recalls one officer, on horseback, swinging at her head with a club. She says, “They didn’t care who they hit." The Feb. 18, 1965, march ended with the shooting of a young activist and set in motion events that galvanized support for the Voting Rights Act later that year. Roughly 60 years after the act became law, Maynor sees echoes of the past.


OZARK-A survey of the city’s nearly 190 employees has resulted in positive feedback and good suggestions, Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship told those attending the Ozark City Council administrative meeting Tuesday evening.

FORT NOVOSEL — For Ed and Bonnie Brown of Troy, the Memorial Day Commemoration held here Friday morning held added significance as they honor their son Private First Class John Brown, who died about two decades ago at the age of 21 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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