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Montana acts to protect Native American priority in adopting Native children

May. 23, 2023 14:48 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed legislation giving Native American families preference in fostering and adopting Native children involved with child protective services, a proactive move to protect such rights as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could...

In latest abortion law chapter: Bill signings, court rulings

May. 04, 2023 17:13 PM EDT

Courts this week blocked abortion restrictions from taking effect in two states, while lawmakers in a third are forging ahead with a plan for a new ban that's less stringent than most. Those are some of the latest developments in an abortion landscape that is being crafted by...

Utah law requiring porn sites verify user ages takes effect

May. 03, 2023 22:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — You may soon be required to prove you’re older than 18 to watch porn in Utah, if adult websites comply with a law that took effect Wednesday. A new state law requiring adult websites verify the ages of their users took effect on Wednesday, making the state...

Utah judge delays implementing statewide abortion clinic ban

May. 02, 2023 20:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state court on Tuesday blocked Utah’s first-in-the-nation ban on abortion clinics from taking effect Wednesday in a ruling in which the judge called the Republican-controlled Legislature’s objective in enacting the ban “nebulous.” The decision allows...

Utah judge to rule next week on state abortion clinic ban

Apr. 28, 2023 18:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah argued in court on Friday that a ban on abortion clinics would “functionally eliminate” abortion access if implemented next week as scheduled. After hearing arguments from attorneys representing Utah and abortion...

2 abortion bans failed, 1 passed in US statehouses this week

Apr. 28, 2023 17:02 PM EDT

Ten months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade and a nationwide right to abortion, states are pushing in opposite directions on the issue. This week, one state adopted a ban, two states tried to but didn't get support from enough lawmakers and three states advanced...

North Dakota limits bathroom use for transgender people

Apr. 26, 2023 14:12 PM EDT

Transgender kids and adults in North Dakota won’t be able to access bathrooms, locker rooms or showers that match the gender they identify with in places like college dorms or jails, under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum. The American Civil Liberties Union has said...

GOP states targeting diversity, equity efforts in higher ed

Apr. 17, 2023 11:25 AM EDT

Frustrated by college diversity initiatives he says are “fomenting radical and toxic divisions,” Texas state Rep. Carl Tepper set out to put an end to diversity, equity and inclusion offices in higher education. The freshman Republican lawmaker filed a bill to ban such offices....

Resort famous for Elvis' 'Blue Hawaii' movie will be rebuilt

Apr. 15, 2023 16:26 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demolition will soon begin on a resort once favored by Elvis Presley and other Hollywood royalty before it was heavily damaged by a hurricane three decades ago. The Coco Palms Resort on the island of Kauai will be torn down for a new 350-room hotel, the Honolulu...

Arkansas House OKs social media age verification requirement

Apr. 05, 2023 20:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas children would need their parents' OK to access social media sites under a bill Arkansas lawmakers advanced Wednesday, moving the state closer toward becoming the second to enact restrictions that critics say raise privacy and enforcement concerns. ...