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Surprise is key part of migrant travel from Florida, Texas

Sep. 16, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The chief executive of Martha's Vineyard Community Services was wrapping up work when she looked outside to see 48 strangers at her office with luggage, backpacks and red folders that included brochures for her organization. The Venezuelan migrants who were...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 11, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

Dallas Morning News. September 8, 2022. Editorial: Texas’ cautious approach to marijuana use has been the correct path As support grows for cannabis, following scientific research make more sense. A leading medical marijuana retailer just opened its...

States' plans to make school safer reflect political divides

Sep. 06, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In the aftermath of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, governors around the country vowed to take steps to ensure their students would be kept safe. Months later, as students return to classrooms, money has begun to flow for school security upgrades,...

Federal judge strikes down Texas handgun age restriction

Aug. 26, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has struck down one of Texas' few remaining firearm restrictions, finding a law that barred adults under the age of 21 from carrying a handgun was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth on Thursday ruled that the state law...

Three more GOP-led states enact abortion 'trigger laws'

Aug. 25, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three more Republican-led states banned almost all abortions this week as yet another slate of laws severely limiting the procedure took effect following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. To date, 13 states have passed so-called...

Election staff abruptly quits, upending rural Texas county

Aug. 22, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG , Texas (AP) — Part of why Terry Hamilton says he abruptly left his job running elections deep in Texas wine country is by now a familiar story in America: He became fed up with the harassment that followed the 2020 election. But this was no ordinary exit. ...

For Republican governors, all economic success is local

Aug. 20, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, often knocks President Joe Biden for high inflation and a looming recession — a standard GOP argument going into the November elections. But inflation is even worse in major Texas cities than across the nation as a whole. Government...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 18, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. July 17, 2022. Editorial: Operation Lone Star’s cost is out of control At a legislative hearing in Austin last week, lawmakers from both parties grumbled about the murky costs of Operation Lone Star, Gov. Greg Abbott’s exorbitantly...

Murphy takes over governors association amid tensions, feuds

Jul. 15, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey took over as the leader of the nation's nonpartisan governors' association on Friday in a time of deep divide between the states over issues such as abortion and gun control. Murphy took the reins as chair of the...