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Pence keeps up pressure for trade deal with Mexico, Canada

Aug. 21, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence stepped up pressure on Congress to support the Trump administration's new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, taking his pitch on Wednesday to voters in a congressional swing district in southern New Mexico. Pence's office said in a statement that he will talk...

State panel give Indiana's chief justice new 5-year term

Aug. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first female leader of Indiana's highest court is getting another five years in the job. The state Judicial Nominating Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to keep Chief Justice Loretta Rush in the leadership position she's held since 2014. Those commission members acted after the...

Ex-OKC councilman pleads guilty to not filing tax returns

Aug. 21, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City councilman accused of not filing state income tax returns for nine years has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to file income tax returns. Oklahoma County court records indicate 36-year-old John Pettis Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday and received a...

Portland's new legal aid program helps nearly 450 immigrants

Aug. 21, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A free legal assistance program for immigrants in Portland, Oregon, has provided about 450 immigrants and asylum-seekers with lawyers to represent them in deportation hearings in its first year and now has additional support from the state. The program called Universal Reception...

Dem governor candidate Hood: Cut Mississippi grocery tax

Aug. 21, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Wednesday that he wants to reduce the state's 7% grocery sales tax to give working people a break. Attorney General Jim Hood told The Associated Press that he wants to at least cut it in half and possibly eliminate it altogether....

More Spokane political leaders call for Shea resignation

Aug. 21, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The mayor and police chief of Spokane, Washington, are the latest to demand that a conservative state legislator resign from office after leaked emails revealed he sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders. Mayor David Condon and Police Chief Craig Meidl on Tuesday...

JetBlue addition to Pepsi sign leaves bad taste for some

Aug. 21, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A landmark Pepsi sign along New York City's East River will also promote JetBlue for the next six weeks, and critics are finding it hard to swallow. An illuminated blue logo advertising the airline was added to the 60-foot (18-meter) Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City, Queens, this week....

Sheriff in conservative county defends free press

Aug. 21, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journalists are defending a small newspaper after a county attorney asked the sheriff to investigate whether a reporter broke the law by trying repeatedly to get comments from an official for a story. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote town of Vale, said...

Colorado Editorial Roundup

Aug. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

Steamboat Pilot & Today, Aug. 20, on expanding bus services: Driving the Interstate 70 corridor from Denver into the mountains and back again can be a gauntlet on any given day but especially during the ski season. Will the car in front of you spin out and stall traffic for miles? Will I-70 remain open or...

Indiana steel dust recycling project dropped amid opposition

Aug. 21, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The developers of a proposed steel dust recycling plant have dropped plans for the central Indiana project following a wave of local opposition the company blamed on a "campaign of misinformation." Muncie officials announced Tuesday that the city and Waelz Sustainable Products had...