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A statue of Febb Ensminger Burn and her son, Harry Burn, stands in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 3, 2020. Women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. (Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Heeding mom, Tennessee lawmaker helped women gain the vote

Aug. 15, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. Harry T. Burn's surprise move set the stage for decades of slow but...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

'Do something:' Harris' rapid rise driven by call to action

Aug. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days. In one of the pictures, a racially diverse group of first-graders are gathered in a...

Legislature, Whitmer reach deal on return-to-school bills

Aug. 15, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan schools that deem it safe to provide in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic would have to prioritize the option for K-5 students under legislation that would also largely base districts’ state funding on last year's pupil count to account for enrollment...

Maryland governor's aide, agency defend severance payout

Aug. 15, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The new chief of staff for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and an independent state environmental agency are defending a $234,000 payout he received as he left his previous post. Roy McGrath, who became Hogan’s chief of staff June 1, wrote in a Facebook post that the severance approved...

State to review application for large mining operation

Aug. 15, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

PATTEN,Maine (AP) — The Land Use Planning Commission is moving forward with the first review of a large-scale mining proposal since a law three years ago opened the door to such projects while setting tough standards. Ontario-based Wolfden Resources is seeking to rezone 528 acres outside of Patten to mine...

Documents show Polis taking $1M in donations for top jobs

Aug. 15, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — To deliver on his campaign promises and policy priorities, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is relying on wealthy donors and major advocacy organizations to pay the bill. The Democratic governor is accepting more than $1 million from donors, nonprofits and foundations to pay salaries and costs...

FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2019 file photo, former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appears before the Senate Rules Committee concerning his dismissal by Gov. Ron DeSantis, in Tallahassee, Fla. Israel is running against Sheriff Gregory Tony in the upcoming Florida primary. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Florida sheriff race hinges on massacre, old shooting

Aug. 15, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The two shootings dominating the Democratic primary for sheriff in Broward County, Florida, couldn't be more different. The 2018 massacre that pushed former sheriff and current challenger Scott Israel out of office left 14 students and three adults dead at Marjory Stoneman...

Teen leading in Kansas race admits blackmail, revenge porn

Aug. 14, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are scrambling to deal with the strong possibility that a 19-year-old candidate for a Kansas House seat in Kansas City will unseat a veteran lawmaker despite making incendiary comments on social media and acknowledging abusive behavior online toward girls in middle school. ...

Hawaii governor seeking details on Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he is working to find out whether the federal government would fully pay for $300 in weekly supplemental unemployment benefits President Donald Trump announced under an executive order last weekend or whether the state would wind up having to foot the bill if it...

Montana officials drop proposed flavored vaping product ban

Aug. 14, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana health department decided Friday to withdraw a proposed rule that would ban flavored vaping products in the state. The decision came after 13 state senators and seven representatives, all Republicans, signed letters last month opposing the rule and stating that the health...