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Arkansas judge: denies casinos motion for contempt

Jul. 3, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge denied a casino's motion for contempt alleging that a state commission did not follow its own rules and issue the company a casino license within 30 days of the judge's previous ruling. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's Thursday ruling did not approve...

Judge rules Illinois governor's order exceeded authority

Jul. 3, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A county judge has ruled Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority by extending the state’s public health disaster declaration beyond the first 30 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The impact of Thursday’s ruling by a judge from southern Illinois’...

In this undated photo from the Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs a whipping post is displayed on the grounds of the Old Sussex County Courthouse near the Circle in Georgetown, Del. Delaware officials are set to remove the post that was historically used to hold people as they were publicly lashed for committing crimes. The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs says it will bring down the concrete post on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 and place it in a Dover storage unit with other historical artifacts, according to a statement issued by the agency Tuesday, June 30. (Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs via AP)

Whipping post removed from Delaware courthouse square

Jul. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — An 8-foot (2.4 meters) tall whipping post was removed from a Delaware county courthouse square Wednesday after activists said the post was a reminder of racial discrimination. The post outside the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown was removed after an hour and a half of...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Oklahoma judge seeks delay in disciplinary proceedings

Jul. 1, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County district judge accused of not paying taxes requested a delay in disciplinary proceedings against her in a separate case that charges her with inappropriate behavior in the courthouse. Judge Kendra Coleman will face trial before the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary on...

Court invalidates governor's transportation budget vetoes

Jul. 1, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee overstepped his authority with a series of one-sentence vetoes in last year’s transportation budget. The Herald of Everett reported Tuesday that the decision — a win for the Democratic-led Legislature that filed suit...

Confederate monument removed from Georgia county courthouse

Jul. 1, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

CONYERS, Ga (AP) — Another Confederate monument has been taken down from outside a Georgia county courthouse. Rockdale County Commission chairman Oz Nesbitt announced Tuesday that the county would remove the statue of a Confederate soldier from outside the courthouse building in Conyers, and it was taken...

US court rejects majority Black Louisiana judicial district

Jun. 30, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has overturned a lower court ruling calling for a majority Black judgeship election district in a south Louisiana parish. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal said there was “weak evidence” of discriminatory dilution of Black votes in majority white Terrebonne...

Counties told to use new mail voting info, per court order

Jun. 29, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials on Monday distributed guidance required by a judge for counties to update their absentee voting information to reflect a court-ordered voting-by-mail option for all eligible voters during the coronavirus pandemic. State Elections Coordinator Mark Goins...

In this June 15, 2020, photo provided by the Supreme Court of Missouri, Supreme Court Clerk Betsy AuBuchon, left, and Chief Justice George W. Draper III watch remote arguments from a video monitor stacked on boxes in the state Supreme Court chambers in Jefferson City, Mo. The chief justice was the only judge in the courtroom. The other six judges and the two attorneys arguing the case all appeared using remote technology because of coronavirus precautions. (Beth S. Riggert/Supreme Court of Missouri via AP)

Courts straining to balance public health with public access

Jun. 28, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

After her son was arrested for allegedly throwing rocks at police during a protest over racial injustice, Tanisha Brown headed to the courthouse in her California hometown to watch her son's arraignment. She was turned away, told the courthouse was closed to the public because of coronavirus precautions. A day...