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FILE- In this June 3, 2016 photo, New Jersey state Sen. Paul Sarlo speaks at a news conference in Rutherford, N.J. The New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution in 2021 permit it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

NJ eyes betting on college playoff games here and elsewhere

Oct. 21, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution next year to permit it. If voters approve a referendum that could be on the November 2021 ballot, it would remove a significant part of...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after casting his vote in the 2020 general election at the Kentucky Exhibition Center in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Races for president, Senate top Kentucky ballot

Oct. 21, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Races featuring re-election bids by President Donald Trump and his top ally on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, top the ballot in Kentucky. Other races to watch include all six Kentucky House seats, a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court and two constitutional...

Long lines as Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries open

Oct. 21, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's first licensed marijuana dispensaries opened this weekend in the St. Louis area with long lines. The two dispensaries run by N'Bliss opened Saturday in Ellisville and Manchester. Another dispensary is expected to open Monday in the Kansas City area nearly two years after...

New Mexico high court OKs rule changes on pretrial detention

Oct. 20, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has approved rule changes that court officials say will enhance public safety by helping prosecutors assess whether certain felony defendants are dangerous and should be kept in jail while awaiting trial. The justices approved the changes last week, the...

Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes while listening to the national anthem outside Siam Paragon, one of the largest shopping malls, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai Cabinet approves Parliament session to debate protests

Oct. 20, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. The...

Recent Missouri editorials

Oct. 20, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Oct. 18 Our Opinion: Less talk, more action on domestic violence The Show-Me State has many things we can take pride in. But one of our state’s blemishes, and something we don’t talk about enough, is our domestic violence problem. All states have their own problems...

A Sri Lankan vegetable seller pushes his cart past posters against a proposed constitutional amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Sinhalese reads

Sri Lanka court: Constitutional amendment needs referendum

Oct. 20, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s highest court has ruled that four sections of a proposed amendment to the constitution that would consolidate power in the president’s hands will need approval in a public referendum to become law because they are against the people's sovereignty. The...

Pro-democracy protesters march during a protest in Udom Suk, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The authorities in Bangkok shut down mass transit systems and set up roadblocks Saturday as Thailand’s capital faced a fourth straight day of determined anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Transit shutdowns fail to deter Thai pro-democracy protests

Oct. 17, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital on Saturday, thwarting efforts by the authorities to stop them, including a shutdown of the city's mass transit systems. Unlike protests a day earlier, in which police used a water cannon...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Heather Duncan arrives to vote just before her polling place opens in the French Quarter in New Orleans.  Beyond the presidential and congressional races, Louisiana voters are sifting through questions in the fall election about abortion rights, sports betting and tax policy.   Top of that list, voters will decide whether to enshrine anti-abortion language in the Louisiana Constitution. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana ballot has questions on abortion, sports betting

Oct. 17, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Beyond the presidential and congressional races, Louisiana voters are sifting through questions in the fall election about abortion rights, sports betting and tax policy. Seven statewide constitutional changes and a parish-by-parish proposition on sports wagering are on the Nov. 3...

Pro democracy demonstrators face water canons as police try to clear the protest venue in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Thailand prime minister has rejected calls for his resignation as his government steps up efforts to stop student-led protesters from rallying in the capital for a second day in defiance of a strict state of emergency. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai police crack down on protesters, PM refuses to resign

Oct. 16, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Riot police in Thailand cracked down on thousands of student-led protesters who rallied Friday in the capital in defiance of a strict state of emergency, while the prime minister rejected calls for his resignation. The protesters gathered in torrential monsoon rains to push their demands,...