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Evers signs bill to ease voting for people with disabilities

Nov. 22, 2019 1:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed into law a bill designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. The bipartisan measure Evers signed Friday creates accommodations for people who have disabilities that make it difficult for them to communicate verbally. Under the new law,...

Hawaii County Council bans herbicide use on public property

Nov. 22, 2019 9:22 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii County Council has become the first local government in the state to ban the use of herbicides on public property, officials said. The council passed a bill Wednesday to ban the use of 30 herbicides over four years, West Hawaii Today reported. The ban covers parks and...

Trumps signs stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

Nov. 21, 2019 6:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump on Thursday signed a short-term funding bill, averting the threat of a government shutdown until next month. Trump signed the bill, which will extend funding through December 20, hours before government funding was set to expire. The Senate, by a 74-20 vote, passed the...

Editorials from around Oregon

Nov. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Nov. 17, on a proposal to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries A proposed ballot initiative seeking to change how Oregon draws boundaries for legislative and congressional districts doesn’t sound like much of a...

Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome

Nov. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was vetoed Thursday by Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor. One day after it passed the Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on a promise and rejected the...

Evers vetoes bill allowing schools to release parents’ names

Nov. 21, 2019 4:41 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a bill that would have allowed public schools to release the names of students' parents and guardians in student directories. Evers vetoed the measure Thursday, citing privacy concerns. Opponents had argued that allowing people to obtain the names of...

Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits

Nov. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges. The Pennsylvania House sent the...

Religious freedom trackers chafe at congressional proposal

Nov. 21, 2019 12:26 PM EST

The federal commission that tracks global religious freedom is facing a rift with Capitol Hill over a proposal that some members warn would hurt its effectiveness. At issue is bipartisan legislation introduced two months ago to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for four years. The...

Correction: Nurse Training-Veto story

Nov. 21, 2019 10:51 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Nov. 20 about Wisconsin’s governor vetoing a Republican-backed bill, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the bill would have reduced the number of training hours that nurses would have to complete. It would have reduced the number of training hours that...

Russia passes bill targeting bloggers and journalists

Nov. 21, 2019 7:46 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents. The bill, which was almost unanimously approved by the State Duma on Thursday, extends an existing law involving...