Across the Nation: April 17

April 17, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015


“This just ensures that people who have paid their debt to society will be given the opportunity to work, and that’s what I hope this will accomplish.”

Sen. Brian Kelsey, Germantown, Tenn. The bill will give felons a certificate of employability.



$1.25 Million

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded two grants to The College of American Pathologists. The funding, totaling more than $1.25 million, will be used to improve the adoption of evidence-based laboratory testing guidelines.



National Library Week

It’s April 13–19 with the theme, Lives change @ your library, and the honorary chair is Judy Blume.

Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis, according to the American Library Association. Their stories are key to communicating the value of libraries.



Ralph David Abernathy

He helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King. Abernathy was born March 11, 1926, in Linden, Ala., and died April 17, 1990, in Atlanta.



Dangerous Gangsters at Large

The FBI is offering $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father. The FBI seeks Jakym Camel Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson, also known by the nickname “Kirkwood Quan.” The agency said the two are dangerous.