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Wisconsin Senate to vote on longer work hours for teenagers

Oct. 20, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Teenagers would be allowed to work longer hours over the busy summer tourism months in Wisconsin under a bill up for approval Wednesday in the state Senate. The measure is backed by Republicans and the state’s hotel, restaurant and grocery...

Wisconsin Senate to consider GOP-backed abortion bills

Oct. 19, 2021 23:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was poised to vote Wednesday on a package of Republican-authored bills designed to discourage abortion in Wisconsin. One proposal would defund abortion providers by prohibiting them from participating in Medicaid except in cases of...

WVa lawmaker compares federal vaccine rule to Nazi Germany

Oct. 19, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Senate president compared the U.S. government’s COVID-19 vaccine regulation for companies to Nazi Germany as the Republican-controlled Senate narrowly passed a bill Tuesday to limit employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated...

Lawsuit challenges Oklahoma ban on teaching race theory

Oct. 19, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma students and educators on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that bans the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism. The law, HB 1775, also prevents colleges and universities from...

Michigan Legislature OKs accounts for private school tuition

Oct. 19, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Children could qualify for scholarships to attend private schools and to cover educational expenses such as tutoring under bills approved Tuesday on party-line votes in the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. The fast-tracked legislation,...

South Dakota lawmakers craft proposal for recreational pot

Oct. 19, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults while repealing much of the state's new medical marijuana law. The Adult-Use Marijuana Study Subcommittee, which has been studying the issue...

Income test for Medicare dental under debate; gets pushback

Oct. 19, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than 55 years, Medicare has followed a simple policy: covered benefits are the same, no matter if you’re rich, poor, or in-between. But as Democrats try to design a dental benefit for the program, one idea calls for limiting it based on...

UNC may keep affirmative action in admissions, judge says

Oct. 19, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina’s flagship public university can continue to consider race as a factor in its undergraduate admissions, rebuffing a conservative group's argument that affirmative action disadvantages white and Asian students. ...

Pennsylvania Senate moves to overhaul probation system

Oct. 19, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate is again launching a bipartisan bill to overhaul how probation is handled, with a unanimous Judiciary Committee vote Tuesday. The bill limits the length of probation sentences and the circumstances under which someone...

Gila River tribe breaks ground on 4th casino in Phoenix area

Oct. 19, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The Gila River Indian Community’s gambling operation has begun construction of its fourth casino in metro Phoenix. Gila River Hotels & Casinos on Monday held a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Santan Mountain casino, which will be...