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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...

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

Apr. 09, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the state's Democratic governor. ...

Advocates call on NCAA to act in response to anti-trans laws

Apr. 09, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

Athletes, coaches and advocates are calling on the NCAA to act in response to state laws banning transgender athletes from competing in organized sports. “Simply put, trans inclusion makes our sports, our teams and our communities stronger,” said Minnesota Lynx coach...

Police: Person found shot to death inside Springfield home

Apr. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A woman has been found shot to death inside an apartment in Springfield, and a man has been arrested in the case, police in the southwestern Missouri city said. Officers were called just before 7 p.m. Thursday to the apartment, where they found...

Kansas lawmakers likely to pass bill on transgender athletes

Apr. 09, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — LGBTQ-rights advocates in Kansas are relying on the state's Democratic governor or the courts to block a ban on transgender athletes in girls' or women's school sports after conservatives on Thursday moved to push it through the GOP-controlled Legislature. ...

GLAAD Media Awards presenters support transgender athletes

Apr. 08, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt’s Creek” and “The Boys in the Band” were winners at the GLAAD Media Awards, which included soccer’s Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger calling for transgender students to be accepted as “part of the team” in sports. Harris and...

Senior Polish judge deletes tweet about transgender child

Apr. 08, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish top court judge on Thursday deleted a tweet in which she had publicized personal information about a transgender child, triggering accusations that she had placed the youth in danger. This is the latest development highlighting a divide...

Arkansas Senate OKs alternate, scaled-back hate crimes bill

Apr. 07, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday approved a stripped-down hate crimes bill derided by longtime supporters of such legislation who claim the measure is too vague and would provide “insufficient” medicine for a state that's one of only three nationwide without...

Independence city council rejects flying rainbow flag

Apr. 07, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The Independence City Council has rejected a proposal by the city's mayor to fly the rainbow flag at municipal buildings during LGBTQ pride month in June. Mayor Eileen Weir said flying the flag would show the city values diversity and inclusion...

South Carolina House gives key approval to hate crimes bill

Apr. 07, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina moved one step closer Wednesday to becoming the 48th state in the nation to pass a hate crime law. House representatives gave key approval by a 79-29 vote on the proposal to allow harsher penalties for killings, assaults and other...