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Alaska village requires full vaccine for in-person shopping

Apr. 16, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A village in Alaska has mandated that only fully vaccinated people will be allowed into the community's stores and businesses. Kongiganak had 50% of its eligible residents vaccinated with at least one dose as of April 9, KYUK-AM reported ...

Capitol Police watchdog says force needs 'cultural change'

Apr. 15, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police force needs “cultural change” after the broad failures of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the top watchdog for the department testified Thursday, pointing to inadequate training and outdated weaponry as among several urgent problems facing the force. ...

Ohio court hears arguments over ancient earthworks access

Apr. 13, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A debate over public access to a set of ancient ceremonial and burial earthworks is before the Ohio Supreme Court in a case pitting the state historical society against a country club within whose grounds the earthworks are located. At issue before...

Arkansas House sends governor stripped-down hate crimes bill

Apr. 12, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Monday approved a stripped-down alternative to hate crimes legislation that longtime supporters of such laws have criticized as not providing true protections following a succession of new measures restricting the rights of transgender people....

Bill would rename, expand Alaska Native language council

Apr. 12, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill has advanced in the Alaska State Legislature that would rename a state council on Alaska Native languages and expand its membership. The bill would rename the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council to the Council for Alaska...

Confederate monument to stay on national register after move

Apr. 11, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) — A Confederate monument will still be on the National Register of Historic Places after it takes a trip from a northwest Louisiana courthouse to a privately owned Civil War battlefield site. KSLA-TV reports that the Shreveport...

In GOP strongholds, a big push on 'culture war' legislation

Apr. 10, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An ardent abortion foe who once opposed allowing gay couples to be foster parents, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is the unlikeliest figure to complain about bills on the “culture wars" reaching his desk. But by vetoing a ban on gender...

Lawmaker seeks to end Louisiana's 'slavery exception' clause

Apr. 08, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Louisiana lawmaker has put forward legislation to amend the state’s Constitution to abolish forced labor as punishment for those convicted of a crime. Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Brusly, said Wednesday that language effectively protecting the...

Interior secretary steps into Utah public lands tug-of-war

Apr. 08, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, a public lands tug-of-war has played out over a vast expanse of southern Utah where red rocks reveal petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and distinctive twin buttes bulge from a grassy valley. A string of U.S. officials has heard from...

Oregon city hires consultant to probe police racial bias

Apr. 08, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon, has hired a California consulting firm to investigate whether the culture of the city’s police force includes racial or political bias after someone leaked police and dispatch records that incorrectly identified a Black city commissioner and...