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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. ...

Schools to appeal teacher's return after transgender remark

Jun. 11, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia school system plans to appeal a judge's order to reinstate a suspended gym teacher who spoke at a school board meeting against a proposal requiring that transgender students be addressed by their preferred pronouns. WTOP-FM...

Ex-NC state judge censured for sexual misconduct on the job

Jun. 11, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A now-retired state judge was censured Friday by the North Carolina Supreme Court for sexual misconduct, including attempts to meet women online and in person while at court. The court agreed with the Judicial Standards Commission that former...

State board ordered to OK bill to end emergency powers law

Jun. 11, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature can repeal a law that was the backbone of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders, without her interference, after a unanimous decision Friday from the Michigan Supreme Court. The order to certify the...

NC Supreme Court upholds murder charge in child abuse case

Jun. 11, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's decision finding a man guilty of first-degree murder by starvation and neglect of his 4-year-old stepson in Gaston County. The child, Malachi Golden, died in May 2015 weighing 19...

Court: Judge who lost race gets 6-year ban for misconduct

Jun. 11, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A judge who lost reelection in November while a misconduct case against him was pending will be barred from serving again for six years, the Michigan Supreme Court said Friday. The misconduct case against Byron Konschuh stemmed from acts that...

Montana law upheld allowing governor to appoint judges

Jun. 11, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a new law allowing the governor to directly nominate judges to fill vacancies — giving Gov. Greg Gianforte and the Republican-controlled Legislature a win in the first of a series of challenges to laws...

Federal judge won't halt upcoming South Carolina executions

Jun. 11, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday declined to halt the upcoming executions of two South Carolina prisoners slated to die later this month under the state’s recently revised capital punishment law. U.S. District Judge Bryan Harwell issued the decision to...

Court: Local Wisconsin heath departments can't close schools

Jun. 11, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that local health departments do not have the authority to close schools due to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic, delivering a win to private and religious schools that challenged a Dane County order. ...

Owner of unpermitted Vermont firearms center appeals ruling

Jun. 11, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

WEST PAWLET, Vt. (AP) — The owner of an unpermitted gun range in West Pawlet is appealing a Vermont Environmental Court ruling that ordered him to shut down his firearms training school, demolish any unpermitted buildings and pay $46,000. The attorney for Daniel Banyai...