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Alabama to vote on Ten Commandments amendment

Oct. 20, 2018 11:51 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters next month will decide a constitutional amendment regarding the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools and government buildings. The proposal would allow public schools and government buildings to display the Ten Commandments in a way that "complies with...

Trump and amendments: The week in Florida politics

Oct. 20, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and...

State supreme court throws tax amendment off ballot

Oct. 20, 2018 12:12 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court on Friday threw off the November ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would have established a surcharge on investment property to help fund public education. The court unanimously ruled that the proposed amendment did not meet the state constitution's...

Macedonia lawmakers green light process for name change

Oct. 19, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in Macedonia on Friday backed a landmark proposal to amend the constitution, allowing the country to change its name and join NATO. The session was delayed for more than 10 hours amid a heated confrontation. Parliament eventually voted in favor of the proposal — a...

Texts of proposed constitutional amendments to be published

Oct. 19, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Threatened with a lawsuit, West Virginia's secretary of state has agreed to buy newspaper advertisements publishing the full texts of two proposed constitutional amendments on November's ballot. Retired state employee and attorney Thornton Cooper had sent a notice of intended legal...

South African city set to seize land in national 'test case'

Oct. 19, 2018 6:03 AM EDT

EKURHULENI, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa's passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a "test case" for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost...

APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

Oct. 18, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new...

Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute

Oct. 17, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted Foreign...

Florida Supreme Court: Amendment measures can stay on ballot

Oct. 17, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is overturning a lower court decision to toss three proposed constitutional amendments off the Nov. 6 ballot. Wednesday's ruling means voters can still vote on Amendments 7, 9 and 11. Last month a lower court ruled the items should be struck from the...

Judges rule North Carolina elections board unconstitutional

Oct. 16, 2018 8:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Changes made to North Carolina's elections board over the last year were unconstitutional, but the board can remain in place through the November elections, a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday. The 2-1 decision agrees with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's argument that the...