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Town repeals sex offender restrictions amid lawsuit

Mar. 24, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — Residents of a Connecticut town have repealed a local ordinance that banned registered sex offenders from local parks, schools, the town library and other public places amid a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law. The Windsor Locks law was approved 11 years ago...

The Latest: Warren says Washington beholden to NRA

Mar. 24, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the 2020 campaign season (all times Eastern): 2:30 p.m. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the National Rifle Association is holding "Congress hostage" when it comes to stemming gun violence. The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate tells a campaign rally that if seven children were...

Spokane considers incentives for downtown security measures

Mar. 24, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington city will consider incentives for downtown businesses that make security improvements. The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports the Spokane City Council is considering a measure that would give rebates for money spent on surveillance cameras, lighting and other security...

Driver who hit, killed garbage truck operator pleads guilty

Mar. 24, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A driver who struck and killed an Ohio garbage truck operator could face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single, felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide. Other charges against 41-year-old Brian Jankovich, of Middletown, are being dropped as part of the plea...

Kurds to be key swing vote in Turkey's local elections

Mar. 24, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Millions of Kurdish votes will be crucial in determining the fate of Turkey's March 31 local elections, as a pro-Kurdish party has made the strategic decision to send votes to an opposition rival to challenge the ruling party in key races in Istanbul and Ankara. The Peoples' Democratic...

Oklahoma moves to stop towns from fees, bans on plastic bags

Mar. 24, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags, a measure that officials in one Oklahoma community say encroaches on their search for an innovative way to protect the environment from the problems of...

Program aims to quickly connect people to drug treatment

Mar. 24, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A new avenue to addiction care has started with Safe Places Cincy, a pilot program that lets those seeking treatment get it fast, simply by walking into a Cincinnati health center. "We want to be there when someone's ready to go into treatment," said Cincinnati council member Amy Murray,...

New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis

Mar. 24, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since...

Christian group drops lawsuit over Austin's LGBT protections

Mar. 24, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A conservative Christian group has dropped its lawsuit attempting to overturn Austin's anti-discrimination ordinance that extends employment protection to sexual orientation and gender identity. The U.S. Pastor Council has dismissed its federal lawsuit against the city of Austin, the...

Montgomery seeking artists for new project

Mar. 24, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The City of Montgomery Public Art Commission is seeking artists to be part of the Montgomery Book Bench Project. It's a new effort to encourage reading, provide a place for people to rest, and to instill an appreciation of public art in the community. WSFA-TV reports the commission...