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Immigration bill responding to dissenting sheriffs reappears

Aug. 20, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Immigration law-enforcement legislation that North Carolina Republicans have idled for months in the General Assembly is back in gear. A House committee scheduled discussion on Tuesday about a measure that's responding to a handful of county sheriffs refusing to cooperate with federal...

NC gov brings in teachers to build budget pressure

Aug. 20, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is meeting with North Carolina public school teachers to try to build additional pressure upon Republicans to resolve the two-month budget stalemate to his liking. Cooper planned a roundtable discussion with teachers at the Executive Mansion on Tuesday. Most...

Writers union says talent agents are violating antitrust law

Aug. 19, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent...

California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

Aug. 19, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the fatal police shooting of a young unarmed black man that roiled California's capital city, state lawmakers approved changes to the nation's oldest law governing when officers can use deadly force and it was signed by the governor Monday, though even supporters aren't...

Dunleavy OKs 'partial' oil-wealth check of about $1,600

Aug. 19, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he is approving the roughly $1,600 oil-wealth fund check for residents passed by lawmakers this year but views it as a partial payment and plans to press for additional funding. House and Senate leaders tempered any expectations of a fatter payout and...

Higher NC fishing, hunting fees inside bill getting final OK

Aug. 19, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An omnibus wildlife regulation bill now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk would create new fees and raise others — some for the first time in over 30 years — for activities related to hunting and fishing. The House gave final legislative approval to the wildlife resources...

Virginia crime commission begins hearing on gun violence

Aug. 19, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the Virginia State Crime Commission began a hearing Monday on proposals to stem gun violence, Gov. Ralph Northam urged lawmakers to pass "commonsense" measures as he took a swipe at Republican leaders who called for further study. Northam sent a letter to the commission as a two-day...

Washington firefighter seeks damages for on-job injuries

Aug. 19, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An injured Washington state firefighter has filed a $100 million civil claim, but must first fight a law prohibiting him from collecting damages. The Seattle Times reports that 29-year-old Daniel Lyon Jr. filed the claim against an Okanogan electric cooperative, but a doctrine established in...

Sheriff: Review begun of Texas officers who led man by rope

Aug. 19, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff says his office is reviewing whether any procedures were violated in the arrest of a black man who was led by a rope through city streets by two white officers on horseback. Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset (TRAHS'-uh-set) said Monday that his office is...

Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

Aug. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised...