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Ohio AG joins federal argument against LGBTQ protections

Aug. 24, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general is joining the U.S. Department of Justice in arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that federal civil rights laws provide no protection against workplace discrimination for LGBTQ employees The Columbus Dispatch reports Attorney General Dave Yost said Friday he...

Nevada governor urges deal; teachers stop strike planning

Aug. 24, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada teachers union has paused teacher strike preparations in the Clark County School District following a news conference from the state governor. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak urged the school district Friday to reach a deal with its teachers to avoid a strike. Sisolak says the...

Arizona law means local minimum wage hikes may bear a cost

Aug. 24, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A state law taking effect Tuesday could make cities and counties reimburse the state for new costs resulting from a local minimum wage above the statewide rate. The Arizona Republic reports the provisions in a budget law enacted last spring require the heads of state agencies and programs to...

Black faculty numbers increase at University of Missouri

Aug. 24, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after hundreds of students protested a racist campus culture at the University of Missouri, the number of minority faculty has ticked up slightly, but numbers still lag the national average and the school acknowledges it struggles to retain non-white staff. Frustrated by the...

Montana is back among states without state-funded preschool

Aug. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana enters the upcoming school year back among the handful of states without publicly funded preschool, and the unions and education groups that are otherwise staunch allies of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock are a big reason why his fledgling pre-kindergarten program fizzled. The...

Hong Kong police and protesters clash, ending violence lull

Aug. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protesters threw bricks and gasoline bombs at police, who responded with tear gas, as chaotic scenes returned to the summer-long anti-government protests on Saturday for the first time in nearly two weeks. Hundreds of black-clad protesters armed with bamboo poles and baseball...

As migrant workers decrease, Idaho farmers struggle

Aug. 24, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — She was dressed in her best clothes and high heels. The strangers she paid to take her across the border said they would pass her off as a tourist. Instead, she had to brave the desert. Margarita Partida is a former migrant worker who landed in California before settling in...

Hong Kong protesters form human chains to call for democracy

Aug. 23, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement lined the streets and part of the city's harbor front Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic states protest against Soviet control 30 years ago. Some raised linked hands while others switched on their smartphone lights and...

Minnesota filmmakers' lawsuit over gay weddings reinstated

Aug. 23, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota filmmakers who want the right to refuse to film same-sex weddings, saying that videos are a form of speech with constitutional protections under the First Amendment Carl and Angel Larsen, who run a Christian...

Las Vegas school board ends meeting early amid pay protests

Aug. 23, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas-area school board ended its meeting early after its attempt to cut off a public comment period prompted outbursts by educators calling for higher pay. The board of the Clark County School District had slated 30 minutes for public comment at the Thursday meeting, giving a few...