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Missouri regulators approve Midwest wind energy power line

Mar. 20, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri regulators reversed course Wednesday and gave the go-ahead to one of the nation's largest renewable energy projects — a high-voltage power line delivering wind energy from the Midwest to a power grid for eastern states. The proposed Grain Belt Express transmission...

Jury awards $250,000 to woman jailed without seeing a judge

Mar. 20, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury awarded $250,000 in damages Tuesday to a woman jailed 96 days without seeing a judge, a case spotlighting how Mississippi still struggles to provide access to lawyers or bail to people jailed before trial. The verdict included $200,000 in damages against Choctaw...

Oklahoma's top court hearing request to delay opioid lawsuit

Mar. 20, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drugmakers are trying to persuade Oklahoma's top court to postpone the trial in the state's lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic. The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, a week after rejecting drugmakers' request to immediately postpone the scheduled May...

Supreme Court troubled by jury selection bias in Mississippi

Mar. 20, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deeply troubled by a Mississippi prosecutor's pattern of excluding African-American jurors, the Supreme Court seemed in broad agreement Wednesday that a black death row inmate's conviction and death sentence at his sixth murder trial could not stand. The justices made clear they would not...

Court lets Chicago cop's sentence stand in teen's shooting

Mar. 19, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a prison sentence of less than seven years for a white Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald that many criticized as far too lenient. The high court offered no explanation for its 4-2 decision that denied a...

The Latest: Chicago cop's lawyer heralds ruling on sentence

Mar. 19, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois Supreme Court letting Chicago officer's sentence stand (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Illinois' attorney general has acknowledged his office is effectively out of options to get a new sentencing hearing for a white Chicago police officer convicted of slaying black...

Panel: Indiana AG should be disciplined over alleged groping

Mar. 19, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A citizens' panel said Tuesday that Indiana's Supreme Court should discipline the state's attorney general over allegations he drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers at a bar. The complaint by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission alleges Curtis Hill...

Supreme Court to hear case on racial bias in jury selection

Mar. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A black Mississippi man who has been tried six times for murder says his latest conviction and death sentence should be thrown out for a familiar reason — the prosecutor's practice of keeping African-Americans off the jury. Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22...

Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

Mar. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and expressing support for gun control and abortion rights. Senate...

Justices reject B&B owner who denied room to gay couple

Mar. 18, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed and breakfast owner violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple. The justices rejected an appeal from Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young, who...