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NCAA memo: Emmert urges schools to act on NIL or he will

Jun. 18, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

NCAA President Mark Emmert told the organization's more than 1,100 member schools Friday that he will seek temporary rules as early as July to ensure all athletes can be compensated for their celebrity with a host of state laws looming and congressional efforts seemingly stalled. ...

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...

NJ law bars landlords from asking about criminal histories

Jun. 18, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey landlords won't be able to inquire about potential renters' criminal histories under a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Fair Chance in Housing Act on what was the state's first official celebration...

EXPLAINER: Why is Missouri fighting federal gun rules?

Jun. 18, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is clashing with the U.S. Department of Justice over a new law banning police from enforcing federal gun rules. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Justice Department officials wrote that state lawmakers went too far with the law...

Medical marijuana patients in Minnesota seek gun rights

Jun. 18, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Staunch conservatives and advocates of legal marijuana have formed an unlikely alliance in Minnesota to pressure the Legislature to allow medical cannabis patients to own guns. The more than 35,000 patients in Minnesota's program can't own guns as...

Alaska governor calls budget passed this week 'defective'

Jun. 17, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy labeled as “defective” the state spending package passed by lawmakers this week and said he was prepared to call them into another special session next week if they do not act before the current special session expires Friday. ...

With Juneteenth new federal holiday, Illinois offices close

Jun. 17, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois government offices will be closed Friday in a nod to a new federal law, making Juneteenth an official holiday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. The decision by Pritzker supersedes a state law signed Wednesday by the governor that...

Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify

Jun. 17, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

Justice Samuel Alito called it a “wisp” of a decision — a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia but was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious liberty under the First Amendment. ...

Missouri responds defiantly to Justice Dept. over gun law

Jun. 17, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican governor and attorney general said in a defiant letter to the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday that they stand by the state's new law that would ban police from enforcing federal gun rules. Gov. Mike Parson and Attorney...

Missouri risks Medicaid funding over contraceptive fight

Jun. 17, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is at risk of losing $4.5 billion in tax revenue and federal funding for Medicaid because of a fight between lawmakers over contraceptives. At issue is a state tax on hospitals, doctors and other health care providers that is used to...