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New Zealand's gun laws, tightened after the 2019 mosque attack, being revised by an ex-gun lobbyist

Jun. 21, 2024 01:59 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government will overhaul the tighter gun laws introduced after a deadly mass shooting by a white supremacist five years ago, because they put excessive burdens on gun owners who feel vilified by law enforcement and the public, the lawmaker leading...

Ten Commandments law is Louisiana governor’s latest effort to move the state farther to the right

Jun. 21, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has long been reliably red. The Bayou State has voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential election since 2000, with residents overwhelmingly supporting Donald Trump during the past two, and the GOP has held a majority in the statehouse for years. ...

Thousands in Kenya demonstrate against proposed new taxes

Jun. 21, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of mostly young people demonstrated Thursday in Kenya’s capital and across the country against new tax proposals by the administration of President William Ruto in its annual budget legislation. The protests brought Nairobi’s central business...

New York state prisons violate solitary confinement rules, judge says

Jun. 20, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's state prison system has been holding inmates in solitary confinement for too long, in violation of state law, a state judge ruled this week. State Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bryant said in a decision filed Thursday that the state Department of...

New Louisiana law requiring classrooms to display Ten Commandments churns old political conflicts

Jun. 20, 2024 21:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bill signed into law this week makes Louisiana the only state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every classroom in public schools and colleges — and stirs the long-running debate over the role of religion in government institutions. Under...

Bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide in Delaware fails in Senate

Jun. 20, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide in Delaware failed to win approval in the state Senate on Thursday after narrowly clearing the House earlier this year, but it could come back next week. The legislation failed in the Democrat-led Senate in a 9-9 tie after...

New York moves to limit 'addictive' social media feeds for kids

Jun. 20, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed a bill that would allow parents to block their children from getting social media posts suggested by a platform's algorithm, a move to limit feeds critics argue are addictive. Under the legislation, feeds on apps like TikTok and Instagram...

Citizens-only voting, photo ID and income tax changes could become NC amendments on 2024 ballots

Jun. 20, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Senate is considering a slew of elections-related measures including three proposed constitutional amendments designed to give voters a say in the law-making process. GOP senators are trying to advance the legislation quickly as an indefinite...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 20, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 16, 2024. Editorial: A changing of minds leads to justice We were gratified to learn last week that the Louisiana State Supreme Court had, in a surprising move, reversed a decision it had made earlier this year and declared the state’s “lookback...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jun. 20, 2024 14:19 PM EDT

Kingsport Times-News. June 13, 2024. Editorial: State laws cannot contradict the Constitution Tennesseans expect members of their state government to always act within the framework set forth in the Constitution of the United States to which they swear their oath of...