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Gov. Tate Reeves discusses his statewide order for people to wear masks in public amid a recent surge in cases of the new coronavirus during a COVID-19 press briefing, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Greg Michel and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, also spoke and provided an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Budget dispute goes to 1 judge in Hinds County

Aug. 9, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican legislative leaders helped defeat a 2015 education initiative by arguing that if someone sued the state over school funding, one judge in Hinds County would make budget decisions for the whole state. Now, some of those same leaders are asking one judge in Hinds...

2 snowmobilers win key decision in lawsuit against DNR

Aug. 9, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

CHESTONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two snowmobilers have won a key decision in a lawsuit over injuries in an incident with officers from the Department of Natural Resources. Audrey West said she was thrown into a river in Antrim County while her father, Randy West, was pinned under the snowmobile. They said...

4 tribes sue over Oklahoma gambling compacts with 2 others

Aug. 8, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four Oklahoma tribes are asking a federal court to void gambling compacts between the state of Oklahoma and two other tribes — agreements that the Oklahoma State Supreme Court recently invalidated. The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Citizen Potawatomie Nations filed a lawsuit...

Mother of Iowa student who died in freezing temps sues

Aug. 8, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The mother of an 18-year-old University of Iowa student who froze to death in January 2019 is suing the school for negligence. Michael Belz, of Cedar Rapids, was caught outside of his residence hall on the night of Jan. 29, 2019, when wind chills in Iowa City were 51 degrees below...

Water crisis drama began with ‘Hey, we broke something here’

Aug. 8, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It was supposed to be an easy job — not one that would shut down an entire city. But a series of major goofs and errors turned an underground drilling project into a nightmarish tale where the water pipes ran dry, leaving 250,000 people and businesses without water in...

Alaska judge dismisses lawsuit over state coronavirus funds

Aug. 8, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the method by which the state dispersed its federal coronavirus funds was unconstitutional. The lawsuit, brought by Juneau resident Eric Forrer, was filed after a legislative panel, instead of the Alaska State Legislature, approved...

Suit claiming bats, rats at courthouse goes to Supreme Court

Aug. 8, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama appeals court ruled it doesn't have the power to decide whether to dismiss an employee lawsuit claiming a west Alabama courthouse is infested with rodents and bats. The Court of Civil Appeals, in a decision Friday, said the Alabama Supreme Court needed to consider the...

Suit: School expelled student after reporting sexual assault

Aug. 8, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A former student at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, is suing the school over allegations that it was reckless and negligent when an administrator expelled her hours after she reported being sexually assaulted in October 2019. The student, referred to in the...

Chili Yazzie, the Navajo Nation's Shiprock Chapter president, holds a tomato he just picked from his garden on July 22, 2020 in Shiprock, N.M. Five years after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractors breached a mine tunnel at the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, the Navajo Nation is still feeling the effects. (Anthony Jackson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Gold King mine spill left linger troubles on Navajo Nation

Aug. 8, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Duane “Chili” Yazzie wears a “Water is Life” shirt as he walks the rows of his farm. He speaks of the river and earth as sacred entities for the Navajo people. But the Shiprock Chapter president can’t forget when the river turned yellow. On Aug. 5,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020, file photo, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard speaks at a news conference, in Atlanta. Howard has run unopposed for two decades. But he came in second in the June Democratic primary and faces a tough runoff election Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Georgia DA who charged officers faces tough primary runoff

Aug. 7, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Against the backdrop of protests over racial injustice and police brutality and with allegations of misconduct emboldening challengers, the top prosecutor in Georgia’s most populous county is fighting to keep his job. After two decades of running unopposed, Fulton County District...