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Michigan library's future uncertain over LGBTQ material flap

Aug. 04, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan library faced an uncertain future Thursday after a flap over LGBTQ material on its shelves led to the failure of the renewal of a property tax millage that funds most of its budget. The Patmos Library in Jamestown Township outside...

New York prisons lift ban on book about Attica uprising

Aug. 02, 2022 13:48 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities have lifted a ban that had stopped state prison inmates from reading a book about the 1971 Attica Correctional Facility uprising following a First Amendment lawsuit brought by its author. State officials, however, said they will continue to...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Bills limiting LGBTQ instruction, trans athletes pass Senate

Jun. 29, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled Senate approved legislation Wednesday that Republicans say will restrict sexually explicit content and classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools, mirroring partisan fights playing out in statehouses...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 22, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 19, 2022. Editorial: Curb teacher role in Florida effort to ban books If anyone reading this still believes teachers just teach, we’d invite them to think again. Today’s teachers hold many jobs beyond simply providing an education. The state...

10-year-old creates library offering free LGBTQ books

Jun. 12, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A 10-year-old Louisiana girl is responding to discussions about banning books in public libraries by creating her own tiny library box decorated with a rainbow an a LGBTQ flag. Cora Newton had been thinking about building a tiny library in Lafayette for a...

Wisconsin Gov. Evers says GOP will ban books if he loses

Jun. 01, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday at a ceremony kicking off Pride Month that if he loses reelection in November, Republicans will take the “breathtaking” step to ban books, particularly those related to the LGBTQ community. Evers made his...

Louisiana county libraries block displays for groups, issues

Jun. 01, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Book displays targeting specific groups or topics such as Cajun heritage, Pride Month or Black History Month are prohibited indefinitely at public libraries in Louisiana's Lafayette Parish, a newspaper reported. Library Director Danny Gillane said Tuesday that...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 30, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. May 26, 2022. Editorial: Bill Denihan, public servant, requiescat in pace: editorial We can’t count the number of lives Bill Denihan touched in his half century of public service -- the children he protected, the addicted people he helped...

Gay student says school stopping run for student leadership

May. 18, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president. Because of the disciplinary...