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2 Kansas men 'collateral damage' in gun control dispute

Jun. 16, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The unregistered gun silencers, each stamped "Made in Kansas, were arranged in a display case at a military surplus store in a rural Kansas town. Beside them was a copy of a Kansas gun law signed a year earlier by then-Gov. Sam Brownback that purports to prevent federal prosecution of...

Wyoming lawmakers consider costs for charter school upkeep

Jun. 13, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming legislators are considering changes to prevent double payments for maintenance and utility costs at charter schools. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Legislature's Select Committee on School Facilities discussed possible corrections to a funding statute in Casper...

Man says he abused 16 to 18, now wants identity shielded

Jun. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man who told a grand jury investigating child sex abuse that he had victimized 16 to 18 people, but who couldn't be prosecuted because the cases were too old, is now seeking to keep his name and any other identifying information from being made public. Details of the 2018...

Idaho Supreme Court considers detention sex abuse lawsuit

Jun. 12, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court will decide soon if several adults who say they were sexually abused as children at a juvenile detention center should have filed a tort claim against the state agency before they sued. The high court heard arguments Wednesday, weighing the state's tort claim law...

Dallas law firm places winning bid for Robert E. Lee statue

Jun. 12, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Dallas-based law firm placed the winning $1.435 million bid for a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that the city put in an online auction almost two years after removing it from a state park. Holmes Firm PC made the top offer for the bronze sculpture, according to documents...

New court ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed

Jun. 12, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an evolving legal landscape means a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese worked to conceal her alleged molestation by a priest. A three-judge Superior Court panel Tuesday reinstated Renee...

Child abuse victims get more time for civil cases in bill

Jun. 12, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Child sexual abuse victims would have until they are nearly 40 years old to sue for civil damages in North Carolina in legislation advancing Wednesday in the state House. While felony child abuse crimes have no statute of limitations, young adults victimized when they were under age 18...

Washington Supreme Court weighing legislative records case

Jun. 11, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Supreme Court justices had pointed questions Tuesday for lawyers representing the Legislature and a media coalition who argued that lawmakers have been violating the law by not releasing emails, daily schedules and written reports of sexual harassment investigations. The...

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church

Jun. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the...

Records fight before Washington state Supreme Court

Jun. 10, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A push by media groups to gain access to the records of state lawmakers is before Washington's highest court. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine whether legislators are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to other elected...