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Here's what foreign brands have to say about Xinjiang

Mar. 25, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Nike. The Gap. Uniqlo. Major clothing and footwear brands are under attack in China after Europe, the U.S. and other countries sanctioned Chinese officials this week over alleged human rights abuses. The companies, under pressure from activists, have...

Senate panel approves paid parental leave for state workers

Mar. 18, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Senate committee is supporting a plan to give three weeks of paid parental leave to state workers, teachers and university employees. The Senate Insurance and Labor Committee unanimously voted for House Bill 146 on Tuesday, sending it to the...

Arkansas House panel OKs bans on trans youth treatments

Mar. 09, 2021 19:48 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel on Tuesday advanced legislation banning gender confirming health care for minors, despite opponents warning it would further stigmatize and harm transgender youth. The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee...

Arkansas panel OKs proposed overhaul of Medicaid expansion

Mar. 04, 2021 19:05 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Senate committee on Thursday endorsed a plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid expansion to encourage rather than require recipients to work. The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee advanced the legislation after the...

Arkansas House panel sends abortion near-ban to a final vote

Mar. 04, 2021 12:49 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel on Tuesday endorsed legislation to ban nearly all abortions in the state, sending the bill toward its final vote in the Legislature. The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee advanced the legislation, which...

Arkansas House panel rejects health care objections measure

Feb. 25, 2021 19:30 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel on Thursday rejected legislation that would have allowed medical providers to refuse to treat someone because of their religious or moral beliefs after opponents said it was too broad and would allow discrimination against patients. ...

Lawmakers angry over jobless benefits aim at labor chief

Feb. 24, 2021 17:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers could temporarily strip the state’s elected labor commissioner of much of his authority, saying Republican Mark Butler has done too little to address a backlog of unemployment claims even as lawmakers have been inundated by complaints from constituents who...

Virginia Senate Democrats kill electric rate reform bills

Feb. 15, 2021 18:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Monday killed a series of bills that advocates had argued were needed to free up state regulators to set electric rates that are reasonable and fair. The Senate Commerce and Labor committee made quick work of deciding...

Democrats pushing Biden's COVID-19 bill through House panels

Feb. 11, 2021 22:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed half of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan through a House committee Thursday, advancing $1,400 payments for millions of Americans and other initiatives that Republicans call too costly, economically damaging and brazenly partisan....

Arkansas Senate panel advances near-total ban on abortions

Feb. 10, 2021 18:23 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel advanced legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade by banning nearly all abortions, despite concerns from the state's Republican governor and the attorney for a national anti-abortion group. ...