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Arkansas governor launches campaign to keep highway tax

Nov. 15, 2019 5:14 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the leaders of the state’s top lobbying groups launched a campaign Friday to keep a half-cent sales tax for road needs, with the Republican governor calling the effort his top priority among next year’s ballot initiatives. Voters...

North Carolina Supreme Court won’t take up remap appeal now

Nov. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court won’t hasten an appeal by an advocacy group and state Democrats who say the Republican-controlled General Assembly didn’t do a good enough job redrawing legislative districts for the 2020 elections. The state Supreme Court’s...

Colorado governor vows to fight for DACA recipients

Nov. 14, 2019 4:23 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis vowed Thursday to fight for thousands of immigrants who live and work in Colorado as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could end an Obama-era program protecting them from the threat of deportation. Pressed by reporters on a conference call, the Democratic governor...

AP Exclusive: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned. FBI agents have...

Evers refuses to release day's worth of emails as requested

Nov. 11, 2019 4:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers refused to release one day's worth of emails as requested under Wisconsin's open records law, a move that advocacy groups say is an illegal interpretation of the law. WITI-TV reports that it initially made a request under the open records law for just over four weeks of...

Group says misinformation on the rise on Facebook

Nov. 11, 2019 3:39 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Nov. 6 about misinformation on Facebook, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a false story about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar had an estimated 770,000 views. It had an estimated 77,000 views. A corrected version of the story is below: Group says misinformation on...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

Facing lawsuit, DeVos erases student loans for 1,500

Nov. 8, 2019 6:31 PM EST

Facing a federal lawsuit and mounting criticism, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday said she will forgive certain student loans for more than 1,500 borrowers who attended a pair of for-profit colleges that shut down last year. Students who attended the Art Institute of Colorado and the Illinois Institute...

Activists sue 2 sheriffs over alleged TRUST Act violations

Nov. 7, 2019 3:30 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The ACLU of Illinois and other advocacy groups have sued two county sheriffs for alleged violations of the TRUST Act, which limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities. It's part of an effort announced Thursday to monitor law enforcement compliance of the 2017...

Study finds LGBTQ characters hit record high on network TV

Nov. 7, 2019 11:05 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Pose" and "Batwoman" are among the shows contributing to a surge in LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD. The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on prime-time broadcast TV this season reached an all-time high of...