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Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

Aug. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod...

Arizona colleges move to extend tuition rate for immigrants

Aug. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona universities are moving to expand access to a tuition rate paid by immigrants living in the country illegally who graduated from Arizona high schools after President Donald Trump's administration froze enrollment in a program that shielded them from deportation. The state's three...

Court rules San Diego marijuana law required more analysis

Aug. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of its marijuana dispensary law, the California Supreme Court ruled in a decision expected to limit the discretion of local governments across the state involving a range of actions. The ruling came Monday in a...

Schmitt withdraws First Amendment argument in lawsuit

Aug. 20, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday withdrew a legal brief he had filed in a defamation lawsuit arguing the First Amendment allows him to withhold some public records concerning private citizens that were requested by the plaintiff's attorney. Schmidt originally...

Report finds bullying, intimidation in speaker's office

Aug. 20, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Power in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office has been too centralized and its environment has fostered an atmosphere that condones bullying, intimidation, hazing and long work hours with inconsistent direction, according to an investigative report released Tuesday. The...

Baltimore to get more than $1M for park projects

Aug. 20, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore will get more than $1 million of state money for park projects that had been withheld in error. The Baltimore Sun reports Gov. Larry Hogan held the money up in error as part of a budget dispute with state lawmakers. The money was included as part of about $245 million that had...

Trump insists US already has 'strong' gun background checks

Aug. 20, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that the U.S. already has "very, very strong background checks" for gun purchases in the latest sign that he is backing away from throwing his political support behind changes to the system that are opposed by the powerful gun lobby. Speaking to...

Business leaders pressure lawmakers to boost road spending

Aug. 20, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan business leaders are pressuring the Republican-led Legislature to commit to spending between $2 billion and $2.5 billion more annually to maintain the roads. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders for Michigan and other groups renewed their push Tuesday, as the...

Shreveport police officer arrested on malfeasance charge

Aug. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police officer has been arrested on a charge of malfeasance in office. A Shreveport Police Department news release says Dylan Hudson turned himself in on Tuesday and his bond was set at $25,000. It says he was put on paid leave Aug. 8 because of information that he might...

Minnesota hemp group protests driver arrest in South Dakota

Aug. 20, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Minnesota Hemp Association is protesting the arrest of a hemp driver in South Dakota. The group's executive director, former Minnesota legislator Joe Radinovich, accuses South Dakota of violating the 2018 Farm Bill by arresting the driver. The Argus Leader reports the driver...