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Courthouse break-ins appear part of Iowa security contract

Sep. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

The state of Iowa released documents Wednesday that appear to support the claims of two men who said they were just doing their job testing security when they were arrested on suspicion of breaking into a courthouse this month. The men were working for Colorado-based cybersecurity company Coalfire when they were...

New Mexico court says prison settlements are public records

Sep. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico appellate court has determined that settlement agreements reached between a prison health care contractor and its patients are public records. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Court of Appeals upheld a judge's decision that prison settlements are public...

Oklahoma governor appoints Kane to state Supreme Court seat

Sep. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed Osage County District Judge John Kane to a vacant seat on the state Supreme Court. Stitt announced the appointment on Tuesday, choosing from among three applicants submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission. Kane will serve in the seat...

Court to hear retrial arguments for home invasion killings

Sep. 17, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments next month on whether a man convicted of killing three people should get a new trial in part because of taped police calls never provided to the defense. Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were convicted in the 2007 killings of...

Minnesota Supreme Court rejects Line 3 pipeline challenges

Sep. 17, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to take up challenges by tribal and conservation groups to the environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The court rejected the requests in a one-page order...

Teen murder sentences: Oregon asks high court to step in

Sep. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice is taking the Salem case of twin brothers sentenced as teenagers to almost 67 years in prison to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Statesman Journal reports that Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is asking the highest court to review and place a hold on...

The Latest: North Carolina Senate approves replacement map

Sep. 16, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina legislature debating new House and Senate maps (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The North Carolina state Senate has agreed to a new map of nearly half of its electoral districts to comply with a state court order that declared current boundaries partisan...

Men charged in courthouse break-in suspected in other case

Sep. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities suspect that two cybersecurity workers charged with breaking into an Iowa courthouse were also responsible for a late-night entry into the courthouse in Des Moines. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Monday that based on surveillance footage, investigators believe...

Iowa chief justice recuses from judge selection law appeal

Sep. 16, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady has removed himself from considering a lawsuit challenging a new law that shortens his term as chief justice and gives the governor more power over the commission that selects supreme court and appeals court judges. In an order signed...

Michigan prisoners seeking ways to reduce child support debt

Sep. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Paul Olden walked out of prison last year with $26,000 in debt. Without knowing it, for years he racked up child support payments while he was behind bars. Olden was shocked to learn of his debt in 2012, when his grandmother told him that she'd found some mail from Wayne County showing that...