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Ukraine aid bill hitching ride to Seoul for Biden signature

May. 20, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The $40 billion U.S. package of assistance for Ukraine as it tries to fend off Russia's aggression is hitching a ride on a commercial flight to South Korea so it can be signed by President Joe Biden. The Senate voted Thursday to finalize the new military...

Minnesota budget deals remain elusive near end of session

May. 20, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers couldn't find common ground on several budget bills Friday as the end of their legislative season rapidly approached. Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman, of Brooklyn Park, said tax committee chairs have made “fantastic progress”...

Days before Oklahoma bans abortion, details still uncertain

May. 20, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Oklahoma only days away from enacting the toughest state ban on abortion in the U.S., providers were preparing to stop terminating pregnancies as questions remained Friday about enforcing the law's limited exceptions. The law allows abortions to save a...

Gov: No timeline yet on school vouchers after court ruling

May. 20, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Friday that he doesn't have a timeline yet on when his administration might roll out a long-blocked school voucher program that saw its biggest legal roadblock removed by the state's high court this week. The Republican told...

Wisconsin's high court broadens who can carry concealed guns

May. 20, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A disorderly conduct conviction can't disqualify someone from obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a unanimous decision that could dramatically broaden who can carry hidden firearms, knives and stun guns. ...

Indiana lawmakers likely to override trans sports bill veto

May. 20, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats and activists are holding out little hope of getting the votes needed to uphold the Indiana governor’s veto of a bill banning transgender athletes from competing in school sports. The Republican-dominated Legislature is slated to override the veto by...

Montana not following transgender birth certificate ruling

May. 20, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — It's been a month since a Montana judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a state law that required transgender people to undergo surgery before they could change their gender on their birth certificate, and the state still isn't in compliance with the court order, the ACLU...

Florida lawmakers to meet for session on property insurance

May. 20, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers return to the Capitol next week for a special legislative session aimed at addressing problems in the state’s turbulent property insurance market, a persistent and multifaceted crisis in a region vulnerable to damaging hurricanes. It is...

Ginni Thomas' emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election

May. 20, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative political activist, urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona after the 2020 presidential election to choose their own slate of electors, arguing that results giving Joe Biden a victory in...

Mining companies back away from Brazil's Indigenous areas

May. 20, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some of the world’s biggest mining companies have withdrawn requests to research and extract minerals on Indigenous land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and have repudiated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to legalize mining activity in the areas. ...