• School board member censured over racist post loses primary

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    MCMURRAY, Pa. (AP) - A longtime school board member who was censured over a racist Facebook post that was published on his personal page has lost his bid for re-election.

    William Merrell was one of six Republican primary candidates seeking nominations for five seats on the board in Peters Township, a school district outside Pittsburgh.

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    His loss Tuesday came one day after the board made its censure decision. Merrell has apologized for his posts, saying that although he has a right to voice his views on different issues he realized they may have caused harm.

    Screenshots of several posts started circulating last week on social media. The since-deleted post included a link to a list suggesting what would happen if all African Americans left the U.S. It featured a graphic with a racial slur.

    State law had barred the board from removing Merrell.


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