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Valley Creek flows through Afton, Minn., Friday, July 31, 2020. David Pergande, a retired Minneapolis firefighter, helped get a 31-acre parcel of land -- and the stream that runs though it -- protected from further development. A public park will be developed on the site as a joint venture between the Belwin Conservancy, the City of Afton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Washington County. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP)

Lower St. Croix Valley man helps spur creation of new park

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — David Pergande was biking on Washington County 18 last fall when he noticed a prime piece of real estate for sale just north of Afton’s Old Village. The nearly $1 million property — 31 acres in all — is home to part of the Valley Creek trout stream, wetlands, a...

Correction: Bribery Investigation-Ohio story

Aug. 6, 2020 12:31 PM EDT
CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story Aug. 5, 2020, about groups named in an FBI affidavit regarding an alleged Ohio corruption scheme, The Associated Press erroneously reported that D. Eric Lycan is currently the counsel for the Republican Party of Kentucky. He left the position in April 2019.
FILE - In this July 31, 2020 file photo, former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, left and  Scottish Conservative MP Douglas Ross pose for a photo, in Edinburgh. Scotland’s Conservative Party on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, appointed Ross as their new leader to fight an election next year against a dominant Scottish Nationalist Party. Ross was a minister in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s U.K. government until he stepped down in May after Johnson adviser Dominic Cummings broke coronavirus lockdown rules by driving 250 miles (400 kilometers) to a family home. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP, File)

Scottish Conservatives pick new leader as key election looms

Aug. 5, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s Conservative Party appointed a new leader on Wednesday as it prepares to fight an election next year against the dominant Scottish Nationalist Party. Douglas Ross said the party’s first goal must be “earning the trust of people looking for a positive and...

Maine court hears arguments about bid to stop hydro plan

Aug. 5, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court heard arguments Wednesday that could be a taste of a long legal fight over the fate of a proposed hydropower transmission corridor. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments about the future of a citizens' campaign to block the much-debated hydropower...

Portland votes to ban facial recognition ahead of referendum

Aug. 4, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine city council has voted unanimously to ban the use of facial recognition technology. Portland City councilors voted Monday in favor of the proposal submitted by City Councilor Pious Ali in November, the council did not explain why now was the time to move the item, the...

Alabama county adds property tax increase to November ballot

Aug. 3, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Commissioners in an Alabama county voted Monday to include on the November ballot a property tax increase that would add funding for the public school system, according to officials. Voters in Montgomery County, which includes the state's capital, will have the chance to vote on the...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during

Minneapolis panel rejects proposal to remove police minimum

Jul. 29, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Charter Commission on Wednesday rejected sending voters a referendum on eliminating a minimum staffing requirement in the city police department. The 15-member commission voted 8-6 against putting the proposal on the November ballot, with one member absent. The proposal...

Maine GOP takes opposition to ranked voting to court

Jul. 27, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine GOP filed an appeal in court on Monday to try to keep alive its fight against a ranked voting system. Maine's secretary of state earlier this month rejected a Republican referendum initiative aimed at stopping the use of ranked-choice voting in presidential elections. Matt...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in front of a Russian National flag in Sevastopol, Crimea.  An influential committee of British lawmakers plans to publish its findings Tuesday July 21, 2020, reporting on Russian interference in British politics, amid criticism the government delayed its release for more than six months to shield Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party from embarrassment. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)

Report: UK officials 'avoided' looking into Russian meddling

Jul. 21, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A long-awaited report on Russian meddling in British politics criticized the U.K. government for failing to investigate whether Moscow interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, with the document’s authors describing the lack of curiosity about this threat to democracy as a major...

Referendum challenging Provo brewpub license falls short

Jul. 17, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A citizen referendum challenging the creation of a license for brewpubs in Provo has narrowly failed to get enough signatures to make the ballot. Organizers were stymied by the coronavirus pandemic and fell less than 200 signatures short of making the ballot in November the Daily Herald...