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Illinois lawmakers propose bill to ensure fair water rates

Apr. 22, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Legislation has been proposed in the Illinois General Assembly that would require a review of water rates statewide to ensure they are affordable and fair. The measure is sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including some representing suburbs south and west of Chicago where...

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County judge has refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent. Fred Lenczycki of suburban Chicago was charged in February with two counts of sodomy for allegedly abusing two boys in the early 1990s at a north...

Attack give-and-take in four-way Spanish electoral debate

Apr. 22, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Four runner-ups to become the next Spanish prime minister are exchanging attacks while slipping in campaign pledges during the first of two televised live debates ahead of Sunday's general election. Monday night's debate on Spanish public television and the second on Tuesday on a private...

Sudan's army says holding talks with all political forces

Apr. 22, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's military rulers said Monday evening that they are communicating with all political forces to name a prime minister and form a civilian government "as soon as possible." A military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Shamseldin Kibashi, made a brief announcement on state TV but did not...

Government report gives Kansas wheat crop upbeat assessment

Apr. 22, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report gives the Kansas winter wheat crop a mostly upbeat assessment. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 57% of the wheat in Kansas was in good to excellent condition. About 32% was rated as fair, while 11% was judged to be in poor to...

Prosecutor: Police shooting after knife attack justified

Apr. 22, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a New Jersey police officer was legally justified in shooting and killing a man after what authorities called an unprovoked stabbing at an accident scene last year. The Atlantic County prosecutor's office said officials determined that presenting the case to a...

Bid to rework Louisiana sales tax deal rejected by senators

Apr. 22, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican lawmakers seeking to rework or repeal a Louisiana sales tax compromise passed last year seem unlikely to gain traction for the ideas with the Senate tax committee. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee on Monday shot down the first proposal to reach debate. The...

Ohio top court to hear arguments in TV news defamation case

Apr. 22, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in an appeal involving a defamation lawsuit that alleged a television station falsely labeled three siblings as "robbers." A Columbus family sued WBNS-TV in 2016 after the station reported on a hover board robbery at Fort Rapids...

Top court skeptical of paper's argument over food stamp data

Apr. 22, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday seemed inclined to rule against a South Dakota newspaper seeking data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. The high court was hearing arguments in a case originally brought by the Argus Leader newspaper, which is...

Groups ask judge to halt drilling, mining in 7 states

Apr. 22, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven western states they say will harm sage grouse. Western Watersheds Project and other groups asked for the injunction in U.S. District Court in Idaho...