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Lawsuit claims that delayed elections for Georgia utility regulator are unconstitutional

Jul. 17, 2024 16:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two groups on Wednesday sued to overturn a law extending the elected terms of Georgia's public service commissioners, saying it violates the state constitution for the five Republicans to be allowed to serve terms longer than six years. Georgia WAND Education Fund,...

Tennessee won't purge voter rolls of people who disregard a letter asking them to prove citizenship

Jul. 17, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials who sent letters last month to 14,375 registered voters asking them for proof of citizenship now say the recipients won't be kicked off voting rolls if they don't respond. The state clarified the position in a follow-up letter to all those...

3 Montana inmates die in Cascade County Detention Center in 2 weeks

Jul. 17, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

Three inmates have died in custody at the Cascade County Detention Center since June 29. Leon Laverdure, 51, died on June 29. Julius Lowe, 28, died on July 5. Andrew Swager, 58, died on July 10. Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office, which provided the coroner in the cases, confirmed...

Southern California school district sues Gov. Newsom over new gender-identity law

Jul. 17, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California school district involved in an ongoing legal battle with the state over the district's gender-identity policy sued Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday over a new law banning districts from requiring that parents be notified of their child's gender...

Montana judge: Signatures of inactive voters count for initiatives, including 1 to protect abortion

Jul. 16, 2024 17:51 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge said Tuesday that the Secretary of State’s Office erred in changing the rules governing whose signatures should count on petitions for three constitutional initiatives — including one to protect abortion rights — after officials tried to omit the...

Judge temporarily halts state plan to monitor groundwater use in crop-rich California region

Jul. 16, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A judge has temporarily blocked a plan by a California state water board to take over monitoring groundwater use in a portion of the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley, according to a copy of the decision obtained Tuesday. Kings County Superior Court Judge Kathy...

Arkansas is sued for rejecting petitions on an abortion-rights ballot measure

Jul. 16, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is being sued for rejecting petitions in favor of a proposed ballot measure to scale back the state's abortion ban, with supporters asking the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to order officials to start counting more than 100,000 signatures from people who back...

Few residents opt out of $600 million class action settlement in East Palestine, Ohio, derailment

Jul. 16, 2024 16:39 PM EDT

Few people ultimately opted out of the $600 million class action settlement Norfolk Southern offered to people affected by last year's disastrous East Palestine train derailment despite the questions residents raised about the deal, lawyers said. The plaintiffs' attorneys said only...

Albert the alligator's owner sues New York state agency in effort to be reunited with seized pet

Jul. 16, 2024 15:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man whose 750-pound alligator was seized is suing the state Department of Environmental Conservation in an effort to get him back, saying the agency was wrong not to renew a license for the pet he looked after for more than 30 years. ...

Supporters of a proposal to scale back Arkansas abortion ban sue state for rejecting ballot measure petitions

Jul. 16, 2024 14:26 PM EDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of a proposal to scale back Arkansas abortion ban sue state for rejecting ballot measure petitions.