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Trump signs executive orders focused on agency guidance

Oct. 9, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders designed to improve transparency when government agencies enforce guidance on how best to comply with a particular law or regulation. The White House framed the executive orders as protecting Americans from government overreach....

US sought corruption evidence in search of senator's office

Oct. 1, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A search of Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval's office and home by the FBI was focused on activities involving the politician and employees of the state Department of Transportation. That is according to a search warrant issued by a federal court and obtained from the office of Illinois...

West Virginia governor under scrutiny for state aircraft use

Sep. 30, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An analysis of flight records shows West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has used state aircraft less than the state's previous two governors. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel received the records from the state's aviation division Wednesday through a Freedom of Information Act request....

Critics uneasy as federal meat inspectors face work overload

Sep. 29, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At eight months pregnant, government food inspector Rosalie Arriaga was scheduled in March 2018 to handle twice her normal workload at the meat processing plants she was assigned to cover. It was her third straight week of double coverage, according to agency schedules given to the...

Virginia schools head says critics created hostile workplace

Sep. 28, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The top administrator of one of Virginia's largest school districts is complaining he faces a hostile work environment from two board members who this summer opposed extending his contract. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that Virginia Beach Schools Superintendent Aaron...

Group sues US for details about impact of grazing program

Sep. 25, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government is keeping details secret about a cattle grazing program in six Western states that could be harming habitat and endangered species, an environmental group says. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Western Watersheds Project said the Interior...

Army redacts report on Texas training that killed 9

Sep. 23, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Army is not publicly releasing its full investigation into a 2016 training session at a Texas military base that left nine people dead, arguing it has the right to protect privacy and not reveal its deliberations. Eight soldiers and a West Point cadet died when their vehicle...

Data: Most Chicago bicyclist tickets issued in black areas

Sep. 23, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Although Chicago has experienced a steep decline in the number of tickets issued to bicyclists, riders in low-income and predominantly African American neighborhoods still receive more citations than anywhere else in the city. The Chicago Tribune obtained figures from the police last month...

Records: Colorado town removed chief, paid $50K settlement

Sep. 23, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A small town in southeastern Colorado removed its police chief after he was accused of unprofessional behavior and paid $50,000 to settle claims that one of its officers acted inappropriately toward a 15-year-old girl, The Colorado Sun learned through open records requests. Then this summer,...

Special prosecutor requested for Orlando airport authority

Sep. 21, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A state attorney is asking Florida's governor to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate if the board that oversees Florida's busiest airport violated state law on open public meetings. State Attorney Aramis Ayala made the request to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. A spokeswoman for...