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Analysis: Big decisions await governor, voters after session

Jun. 13, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers wrangled their votes, worked out their deals and wrapped up their session. But they still have two hurdles to getting their most significant measures enacted: persuading the voters and surviving the governor's veto pen. One...

Judge declines to dismiss charges in body in freezer case

Jun. 13, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge declined to dismiss some charges and suppress part of a statement by a woman accused of keeping her maternal grandmother’s remains in a freezer for a decade and a half and continuing to receive the dead woman’s Social Security checks for a portion...

New law gets Nevada pot shops rolling toward smoking lounges

Jun. 13, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Roger Bloss sat parked in his vehicle near a smoking area outside a prominent Strip casino resort. Bloss, the CEO of MJ Holdings, a Las Vegas-based company that grows cannabis in Nevada, observed dozens of people inhaling and exhaling for about an hour....

Louisiana would expand gambling on horse racing under bill

Jun. 13, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's off-track betting parlors would be able to add hundreds of new slot-like machines, under legislation that won final passage and awaits a decision from the governor. Sen. Gary Smith, a Norco Democrat, said his bill would generate new...

New Georgia street racing law: alleged organizer charged

Jun. 13, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say they have arrested an Atlanta-area street racing organizer, one of the first people to be charged under a new Georgia law that creates criminal penalties against not only participants, but organizers. Online jail records show Adolfo Robledo was...

GOP ramps up misleading attack on Democrats' policing policy

Jun. 13, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Minnesota Republican Tyler Kistner announced his candidacy for the U.S. House in April, he asked voters to ponder two questions: “What America will we leave for our children?" and "Will they be taught to hate their police?” Across the...

Current South Carolina state flag will keep flying, for now

Jun. 13, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There’s a South Carolina state senator who looks at the furor over changing the design of the state flag much in the way he sees his wife. “A photograph of my wife is always different, but it’s always beautiful,” the adoring lawmaker, state...

Missouri bill to ban enforcement of federal gun rules signed

Jun. 12, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Saturday signed a bill banning local police from enforcing federal gun rules, a change Democrats have predicted will be shot down in the courts. Parson signed the measure, which will penalize local...

Tuesday special elections are first test of new Georgia law

Jun. 12, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler’s most pressing problem with adhering to Georgia’s new election law before a June 15 special election is finding some heavy equipment to erect a large sign in front of a church that won’t be used as a voting precinct. ...

Judge: Criminal charges will fail against officers in death

Jun. 12, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge says he isn't halting a wrongful death lawsuit against three Columbus police officers, despite their concerns that the district attorney is seeking to indict them on criminal charges, because he doesn't believe they can be successfully prosecuted for a...