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Editorials from around Ohio

Nov. 11, 2019 4:45 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Democrats should support DeWine's better-than-nothing gun bill The Columbus Dispatch Nov. 9 Gov. Mike DeWine's "STRONG Ohio" gun-control plan isn't all we hoped it would be. It isn't all that most Ohioans want. But if it were to become...

Bill retooling North Carolina school takeover path now law

Nov. 11, 2019 12:54 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that retools the process by which repeatedly academic low-performing North Carolina public schools can be taken over by outside operators has become law. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper provided neither his signature nor veto stamp to the bill by late Sunday, so the state...

Ohio Senate president pledges action on drug sentencing bill

Nov. 11, 2019 11:16 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio Senate is pledging to take action by year's end on a bill designed to reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers. The legislation is part of a long-running attempt by lawmakers to reduce Ohio's prison population....

Massachusetts Senate to debate prescription drug price bill

Nov. 10, 2019 9:20 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate legislation that Democratic leaders say will address the soaring cost of prescription drugs. This legislation would create a process to help identify drug price thresholds that supporters of the bill say pose a public health risk. The bill would also...

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers charged, student mourned

Nov. 9, 2019 10:39 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong said Saturday that they have arrested and charged six pro-democracy lawmakers, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters vented...

Maryland lawmaker: Bills considered to resolve HBCU case

Nov. 8, 2019 5:54 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — If a federal lawsuit isn't settled by January over program disparities between four historically black colleges and traditionally white colleges, Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation to resolve it themselves, one legislator said Friday. Del. Charles Sydnor, a Baltimore...

Virginia GOPers cancel gun violence meeting after election

Nov. 8, 2019 4:52 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans have canceled a meeting where they were to present GOP-backed proposals to curb gun violence. State Sen. Mark Obenshain said Friday that he had canceled next week's planned meeting of the state's Crime Commission because of the results of Tuesday's legislative...

Governor vetoes teacher pay bills, seeks higher raises

Nov. 8, 2019 1:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, describing the increases as "paltry" and asking Republican legislators to work with him for higher salaries for teachers. The state shouldn't accept the inadequate raises approved last week by the GOP-controlled...

Wisconsin gridlock between Democratic governor, lawmakers

Nov. 8, 2019 1:03 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A tumultuous week that put on full display the partisan agendas of Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican Legislature also revealed the limitations both face under divided government that increasingly results in gridlock. Republicans started and ended an Evers-called...

Wisconsin GOP dodges governor's call for gun control bills

Nov. 7, 2019 10:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans dodged the Democratic governor's call to pass a pair of gun control bills during a special session that ended as soon as it began Thursday, brushing aside advocates' demands to take action before more people die. Gov. Tony Evers, the state attorney general, gun...