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Iowa appeals ex-Gov. Branstad $1.5M discrimination verdict

Nov. 22, 2019 5:27 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court a lawsuit in which a jury concluded former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against a former state official because the official is gay, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. A jury awarded former Iowa Workers’ Compensation...

Evers vetoes allowing sex offenders to live near schools

Nov. 22, 2019 5:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a bill that would have allowed violent sex offenders to live within 1,500 feet of schools and other places where children are likely to be present. Former Gov. Scott Walker vetoed the same law change in 2018. The intention was to give counties more...

Trump claims he’s why China didn’t crush Hong Kong protests

Nov. 22, 2019 4:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday wouldn’t commit to signing bipartisan legislation supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong as he tries to work out a trade deal with China. Trump’s comments came after the House and Senate this week passed the Hong Kong Human Rights...

Cuba lays out rules governing surveillance, informants

Nov. 22, 2019 1:39 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has publicly laid out the rules governing the extensive, longstanding surveillance and undercover investigation of the island’s 11 million people. A new decree approved by President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Oct. 8 and made public this week says prosecutors can approve...

Evers signs bill to ease voting for people with disabilities

Nov. 22, 2019 1:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed into law a bill designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. The bipartisan measure Evers signed Friday creates accommodations for people who have disabilities that make it difficult for them to communicate verbally. Under the new law,...

Hawaii County Council bans herbicide use on public property

Nov. 22, 2019 9:22 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii County Council has become the first local government in the state to ban the use of herbicides on public property, officials said. The council passed a bill Wednesday to ban the use of 30 herbicides over four years, West Hawaii Today reported. The ban covers parks and...

New Mexico commission votes to reconsider stream access rule

Nov. 22, 2019 1:18 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Game Commission has voted to reconsider a rule governing access to streams and rivers adjacent to private property. The commission voted 6-1 Thursday to order the Game and Fish Department to come up with a plan to either amend or repeal the measure. The rule was...

California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

Restaurant group sues over Berkeley’s natural gas ban

Nov. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation ban on natural gas in new construction may end up eroding the region’s reputation for fine and creative dining, according to a California trade association suing the city on behalf of restaurants. In its lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S....

Tennessee congressman backing 2 climate bills

Nov. 21, 2019 7:47 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper has announced he is backing climate legislation, the Green New Deal and the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019. Cooper cited former Vice President Al Gore, whose presentation at Vanderbilt University this week focused on the speed at which the climate is changing....