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Jury awards $500,000 to woman over sexual abuse by pastor

Jun. 13, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia jury has awarded $500,000 to a woman who sued her former pastor, alleging that he had sexually abused her for years, starting when she was 15 years old. Jurors in Columbus found Wednesday that Lewis Clemons, who led the Faith Unlimited...

Alabama woman acquitted of theft sues former boss over claim

Jun. 13, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman who was cleared of theft charges after a former employer accused her of stealing from his wedding venue business is now suing her one-time boss for $4 million. Gayla White, a former member of the city planning commission who was...

Judge upholds dismissal of case against resort developer

Jun. 12, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge has upheld court decisions that the state of Montana lacked legal standing to file an involuntary bankruptcy petition nearly a decade ago against Yellowstone Club co-founder Tim Blixseth. Judge Mike N. Nakagawa of Nevada on...

Tennessee man found guilty in missing son's death

Jun. 12, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury on Saturday convicted a Tennessee man of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a felony in the death of his 5-year-old son, whose body remains missing years later. Joe Clyde Daniels was reported missing April 4, 2018. His father,...

Columbia, Joplin win millions in lawsuit against CenturyLink

Jun. 12, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The city of Columbia should receive nearly $54 million after a long legal battle with a telecommunications company over unpaid taxes, a judge has ruled. A ruling from St. Louis County Circuit Judge Ellen Ribaudo last week also awarded the city of...

Judge: Criminal charges will fail against officers in death

Jun. 12, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge says he isn't halting a wrongful death lawsuit against three Columbus police officers, despite their concerns that the district attorney is seeking to indict them on criminal charges, because he doesn't believe they can be successfully prosecuted for a...

Judge allows use of street for outdoor dining in Starkville

Jun. 12, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of a proposal from the city of Starkville to allow restaurants to use street space for outdoor dining, after a local businessman raised objections in a lawsuit. WCBI-TV reports that the city...

Man guilty of manslaughter for crash that killed 2 teens

Jun. 12, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A Woodland, Washington man has been found guilty of manslaughter and other crimes for killing two Sweet Home, Oregon teens in a head-on drunk driving crash. A 12-member jury found 22-year-old Austyn Hillsman guilty of two counts of second-degree...

NC court: Students can use constitution to fight bullying

Jun. 11, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The constitutional right of North Carolina's children to have access to a good public school education also applies to individual students who aren't getting help to stop classroom bullying and harassment against them, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. ...

Judge: Worcester must release police records to newspaper

Jun. 11, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the city of Worcester violated Massachusetts Public Records Law by failing to disclose records of police misconduct investigations requested by a local newspaper. The June 2 decision from Worcester Superior Court Judge...