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3 dead, state capital battered as storms rake Missouri

May. 23, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri's capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. The National Weather Service confirmed...

File says Smollett couldn't contact brothers after arrest

May. 23, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Jussie Smollett's conditions after posting $10,000 bail amid charges he lied about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage the incident, according to a case file unsealed Thursday in Chicago. Besides...

The Latest: Weather service confirms 4 tornadoes in 50 miles

May. 23, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States (all times local): 6 p.m. The National Weather Service says a deadly storm in southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri spawned four tornadoes in roughly 50 miles. Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Burchfield in...

Colorado governor signs $6M bill for census outreach grants

May. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado plans to spend $6 million to prevent a potential undercount in the state during next year's census. The Denver Post reports that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Thursday allowing local governments, school districts, charities, and tribes to receive grants for census...

The Latest: Unsealed file contains Smollett bail conditions

May. 23, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a judge's order unsealing the file from actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The file that a judge unsealed in Jussie Smollett's criminal case includes documents from when the actor posted $10,000 bail after being arrested on charges that he lied...

Federal agency releases details about new federal courthouse

May. 23, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Days after Des Moines community leaders urged federal officials to reconsider plans for a $136.6 million federal courthouse along the downtown riverfront, an agency has released more details about the building. The U.S. General Services Administration on Thursday released a design...

Far from border, US cities feel effect of migrant releases

May. 23, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border for months, but now the issue is flowing into cities far from Mexico, where immigrants are being housed in an airplane hangar and rodeo fairgrounds and local authorities are struggling to keep up with...

Washington state city approves fines for false alarms

May. 23, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Alarm companies will be fined $100 to $200 for each false alarm that triggers a police department north of Seattle to send officers to investigate. The Daily Herald reports the Everett City Council voted Wednesday to enact fines on false alarms. Officials say the measure aims to...

Montana lawmakers choose tax policy as top study priority

May. 23, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers have chosen a study of state and local tax policy as their top priority during the 18 months before the 2021 legislative session. The Legislature passed 27 joint resolutions for interim legislative studies and lawmakers were asked to rank them in order of importance....

Dane County Judge Karofsky enters Supreme Court race

May. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky has officially entered the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court next year. Karofsky on Thursday announced her candidacy, after she said in April that she had planned to get into the race. Karofsky is running for the seat currently held by...