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Power corridor referendum is unconstitutional, court says

Aug. 13, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A referendum aimed at overturning approval of a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor is unconstitutional, and should be removed from the November ballot, the state supreme court ruled Thursday. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court concluded that the referendum "fails to meet the...

Election officials wait for people to vote on the first day of the Senate elections inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year — an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egyptians vote for revived upper house of Parliament

Aug. 11, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians began voting Tuesday for seats in the Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament that was restored as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year. The election comes as the country faces an increase in coronavirus cases. Authorities said face masks would be...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 10, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. Aug. 8, 2020 Michigan can’t count on feds for bailout Michigan’s school leaders have been trying to get the attention of lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer all summer, pleading for some budget certainty. It’s true that the Legislature and Whitmer’s budget director...

Valley Creek flows through Afton, Minn., Friday, July 31, 2020. David Pergande, a retired Minneapolis firefighter, helped get a 31-acre parcel of land -- and the stream that runs though it -- protected from further development. A public park will be developed on the site as a joint venture between the Belwin Conservancy, the City of Afton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Washington County. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP)

Lower St. Croix Valley man helps spur creation of new park

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — David Pergande was biking on Washington County 18 last fall when he noticed a prime piece of real estate for sale just north of Afton’s Old Village. The nearly $1 million property — 31 acres in all — is home to part of the Valley Creek trout stream, wetlands, a...

Correction: Bribery Investigation-Ohio story

Aug. 6, 2020 12:31 PM EDT
CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story Aug. 5, 2020, about groups named in an FBI affidavit regarding an alleged Ohio corruption scheme, The Associated Press erroneously reported that D. Eric Lycan is currently the counsel for the Republican Party of Kentucky. He left the position in April 2019.
FILE - In this July 31, 2020 file photo, former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, left and  Scottish Conservative MP Douglas Ross pose for a photo, in Edinburgh. Scotland’s Conservative Party on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, appointed Ross as their new leader to fight an election next year against a dominant Scottish Nationalist Party. Ross was a minister in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s U.K. government until he stepped down in May after Johnson adviser Dominic Cummings broke coronavirus lockdown rules by driving 250 miles (400 kilometers) to a family home. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP, File)

Scottish Conservatives pick new leader as key election looms

Aug. 5, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s Conservative Party appointed a new leader on Wednesday as it prepares to fight an election next year against the dominant Scottish Nationalist Party. Douglas Ross said the party’s first goal must be “earning the trust of people looking for a positive and...

Maine court hears arguments about bid to stop hydro plan

Aug. 5, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court heard arguments Wednesday that could be a taste of a long legal fight over the fate of a proposed hydropower transmission corridor. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments about the future of a citizens' campaign to block the much-debated hydropower...

Portland votes to ban facial recognition ahead of referendum

Aug. 4, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine city council has voted unanimously to ban the use of facial recognition technology. Portland City councilors voted Monday in favor of the proposal submitted by City Councilor Pious Ali in November, the council did not explain why now was the time to move the item, the...

Alabama county adds property tax increase to November ballot

Aug. 3, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Commissioners in an Alabama county voted Monday to include on the November ballot a property tax increase that would add funding for the public school system, according to officials. Voters in Montgomery County, which includes the state's capital, will have the chance to vote on the...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during

Minneapolis panel rejects proposal to remove police minimum

Jul. 29, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Charter Commission on Wednesday rejected sending voters a referendum on eliminating a minimum staffing requirement in the city police department. The 15-member commission voted 8-6 against putting the proposal on the November ballot, with one member absent. The proposal...