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Groups slam UN-Egypt conference; el-Sissi ratifies NGO bill

Aug. 22, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Several Egyptian rights groups urged a U.N. agency to rule out Egypt as the host of its conference on torture because of the country's dismal human rights record. The development came as Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ratified Wednesday a controversial bill regulating the work of...

New gas tax for I-81 funding rankles some Virginia counties

Aug. 22, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some local governments along Virginia's Interstate 81 corridor are balking at a new state law that raised their fuel tax rate to help pay for improvements to the highway. The Roanoke Times reports the law has rankled some of the dozen counties that are subject to the regional fuel tax...

The Latest: Reeves, Waller: Driver's license lines too long

Aug. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi governor's race (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Two Republican candidates for Mississippi governor say they want to increase teacher pay and shorten the wait time at driver's license bureaus. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice...

California utility seeks help in paying wildfire victims

Aug. 21, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A troubled California utility company is asking the state Legislature to let it borrow money without paying taxes so it can compensate victims of a devastating wildfire caused by its equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric is facing up to $30 billion in potential damages from...

Records: 4 lawmakers claim max retroactive allowance

Aug. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Four Alaska lawmakers received the maximum allowable daily allowances for the time between the end of the drawn-out regular session in May and passage of a state operating budget nearly a month later, legislative records show. Under a law passed last year, if an operating budget is...

North Carolina Republicans unveil taxpayer refund bill

Aug. 21, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans on Wednesday pitched broad refunds to everyone who pays state income tax, a proposal that would transfer most of last year's large revenue surplus and signals a new GOP tack in the summer budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. House Speaker Tim...

North Carolina governor quickly vetoes immigration bill

Aug. 21, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday vetoed legislation requiring North Carolina sheriffs to recognize requests by federal immigration agents to hold jail inmates believed to be in the country illegally, calling the bill unconstitutional and politically motivated. The veto came a...

Illinois governor signs law to protect immigrant renters

Aug. 21, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law aimed at creating protections for immigrants who rent in Illinois. The law prohibits landlords from evicting or retaliating against tenants based on their immigration status. Landlords are also barred from disclosing or threatening to disclose immigration...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Aug. 21, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Fireworks confounding Legislature The Altoona Mirror Aug. 18 Pennsylvania lawmakers still are trying to think of ways to undo the Legislature's shortsightedness and narrow-mindedness when they passed a law in October 2017 to...

Missouri governor calls special session on car sales taxes

Aug. 21, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday directed lawmakers to undo a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling on vehicle sales taxes during a special legislative session next month, a move one Democrat called "unnecessary." The Republican governor scheduled the special session to begin Sept....