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DIVIDED AMERICA — An election year look at the state of the nation. Additional stories in this continuing series are listed at the bottom of this digest and in a separate advisory. Here are the next stories in the series:


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — As Virginia’s only Latino state lawmaker, Alfonso Lopez made it his first order of business to push for a law granting in-state college tuition to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally since childhood. The bill failed. Again and again. “If we had a more diverse (legislature) and more Latinos in the House of Delegates,” he says, “I don’t think it would be as difficult.” But truly diverse legislatures are rarity across the United States. While minorities have made some political gains, they remain severely underrepresented in Congress and nearly every state legislature, according to an analysis of demographic data by The Associated Press. The lack of political representation can carry real-life consequences. When the people elected don’t look, think, talk or act like the people they represent, it can deepen divisions that naturally exist in the U.S. By David Lieb. SENT: Monday, June 13, in advance for use from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, and thereafter. 2,500 words, with an abridged version. Photos, interactive.


DIVIDED AMERICA-MINORITY REDISTRICTING – Momentum appears to be building to pare back the role of partisan politics in the way districts are drawn. Moving Monday, June 13, in advance for use from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, and thereafter. SENT: 800 words.

DIVIDED AMERICA-REDISTRICTING-GLANCE – A state-by-state glance looking at how legislative redistricting is done.

LOCALIZATION OPPORTUNITY: AP is sharing a spreadsheet detailing the minority population and legislative representation in each state, including numbers for state legislatures and congressional delegations, and another that shows the racial breakdown for each state legislative district.


NEW YORK — Meet Peggy Albrecht and John Dearth. Albrecht is a freelance writer and comedian from Los Angeles who loves Bernie Sanders. Dearth, a retiree from Carmel, Indiana, grew up a Democrat but flipped with Ronald Reagan. He’s Trump guy. They live in the same country, but as far as their news consumption goes, they might as well live on different planets. The growth in partisan media over the past two decades has enabled Americans to retreat into tribes of like-minded people who get news filtered through particular world views. Fox News Channel and Talking Points Memo thrive, with audiences that rarely intersect. What’s big news in one world is ignored in another. Conspiracy theories sprout, anger abounds and the truth becomes ever more elusive. By David Bauder. Moving Monday, June 13, in advance for use from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, and thereafter. SENT: 2,000 words, with an abridged version. Photos.

ALSO FOR THIS WEEK (for immediate release, except as noted):


ORLANDO. Fla. — The call to my south Florida home asking me to grab my camera gear and hit the road came at 3 a.m. Sunday. I drove up the turnpike with tears rolling down my cheeks, traveling to cover an unspeakable tragedy unfolding in a place that helped me become the man I am today. First-person account by an AP video journalist who had worked his way through college as a bartender at Pulse nightclub, scene of the massacre. By Josh Replogle. SENT: 640 words on June 14. Photos.


The deadliest shooting in U.S. history has people around the world wondering why mass violence keeps happening in America. For those who have lived through mass shootings, whether they blame guns, mental health or religion, the repetition makes change seem hopeless. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 800 words on June 13. Photos.


To gauge whether Britain will vote to leave the European Union, the smart money is looking to the bookies instead of pollsters. SENT: 1,010 words on June 15. Photos, video.


Price hikes in Egypt are taking much of the joy out of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month when families traditionally break the dawn-to-dusk fast with lavish feasts. SENT: 630 words on June 15. Photos.


Once-wildly popular Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who rose to fame in the run-up to this summer’s Olympics, has seen his star fade in the months before his city hosts the games. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 840 words on June 13. Photos.


City officials in Portland, Oregon, want to foreclose on so-called “zombie homes” for first time in 50 years as the city grapples with a swelling population and skyrocketing home costs that are locking new homeowners out of the market. SENT: 860 words on June 15. Photos.


From his grave to his house to the room where he got engaged to his wife. Alexander Hamilton sites are getting a lot more visitors than they used to, thanks to a little Broadway show you might have heard about. By Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 900 words on June 13. Photos.


Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson discuss their new movie, “Central Intelligence,” what it was like to work together and whether there is chemistry between them or they’re just faking. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 750 words on June 15. Photos.


DIVIDED AMERICA – previous stories

Below are stories that moved previously in this continuing election-year series. Note: A separate advisory provides further details. For questions about the project, contact Brian Carovillano at bcarovillano@ap.org or the AP’s Nerve Center at nervecentermanagers@ap.org.


Americans agree on this much: They are disgusted with politics. They look toward Washington and see a broken federal government, a place where politicians seem more interested in self-preservation than in We the People. Things don’t seem much better in state capitals. By Jay Reeves and Robin McDowell. SENT: 1,330 words, with abridged version. Photos, video, interactive.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In cities and towns across the country, a disturbing pattern has emerged: The economic averages that reflect America’s recovery from the Great Recession don’t capture the experience of many typical people in typical communities. That’s because wealth is flowing disproportionately to the rich, skewing the data we use to measure economic health, resulting in an economy on paper that most Americans don’t recognize in real life. Take Memphis, for example. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 1,500 words, with abridged version. Photos, video, interactive.


BENTON, Ky. — Evangelical, conservative Christians feel under siege. Steadily, over decades, they sense that they have been pushed to the margins of American life, attacked for their most deeply held beliefs. Now, many evangelicals say liberals want to seal their cultural victory by silencing the church. By Religion Writer Rachel Zoll. SENT: 2,500 words, with an abridged version. Photos, videos, interactive.


MISSOULA, Mont. — This election year’s heated rhetoric over immigration has found a home on the range, and discouraging words abound. What started as a clash over a single issue — whether to welcome a small number of refugees to a peaceful corner of western Montana — soon erupted into a larger feud over Islam, big government and the idea that Americans should “take care of our own” before worrying about newcomers. Demonstrators took to the streets carrying signs with wildly divergent views. By National Writer Sharon Cohen. SENT: 2,670 words, with abridged version. Photos, video, interactive.

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