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Editorials from around Oregon

May. 22, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Corvallis Gazette-Times, May 22, on letting voters decide on capital punishment: A bill before the state Legislature that would dramatically curtail the cases in which the death penalty could be applied passed the state Senate on Tuesday and now heads for the...

Questions remain as Tennessee speaker promises to resign

May. 22, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Looming questions remain after Tennessee's House Speaker Glen Casada promised to resign from his leadership position, an unprecedented move meant to contain political scandals inside the Republican-controlled Statehouse. Just when Casada will meet with legislative leaders to...

The Latest: California also suing over Trump health rule

May. 21, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on states suing the Trump administration over a rule allowing medical providers to cite religious beliefs in declining to perform abortions (all times local): 4:30 p.m. California has joined nearly two dozen states and municipalities in suing the federal government to stop a new...

States sue over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

May. 21, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dozen states and municipalities sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. A Manhattan federal court lawsuit asked a judge to declare the...

Tennessee House speaker to resign amid text message scandal

May. 21, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker said Tuesday that he plans to resign from his leadership post following a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages. The move is unprecedented in Tennessee's modern political era. The last speaker...

Former Tennessee top aide to stay on payroll until July

May. 17, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former top aide for Tennessee's embattled House speaker who resigned after admitting to once using cocaine in a legislative office and sending lewd text messages about women will continue to be paid by state taxpayers until July. House Speaker Glen Casada accepted Chief of Staff...

The Latest: Spokesman: House speaker ethics report not final

May. 17, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on an ethics review of Tennessee's House speaker (all times local): 12:15 p.m. A Republican House spokesman says Speaker Glen Casada has not seen an ethics panel's work that another lawmaker has accused him of rigging. The statement responds to Republican Rep. Mike...

GOP rep: Embattled House speaker tried to rig ethics review

May. 17, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says Tennessee GOP House Speaker Glen Casada tried to "rig and predetermine" an ethics review regarding his mounting scandals. He's requesting Casada's leadership resignation. In a statement Thursday to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , Ethics Committee member...

Watchdog: EPA should recoup travel money from Pruitt, guards

May. 16, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday to look into recovering $124,000 in premium travel charges for former EPA head Scott Pruitt and his bodyguards. The EPA's inspector general rejected Pruitt's claims that security concerns warranted the...

Trump disclosure shows revenue steady at key properties

May. 16, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Revenue from President Donald Trump's sprawling business empire largely held steady last year amid his turbulent presidency, according to his financial disclosure Thursday, with a drop in business at his Mar-a-Lago resort and small gains at his Washington hotel and Doral golf club. The...