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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jun. 21, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. June 20, 2021. Editorial: Fairer Ohio redistricting does not include arming one party at taxpayer expense In two separate constitutional referendums, in 2015 and 2018, Ohio voters overwhelming rejected grotesquely partisan...

Judge: Discipline hearing should not be automatically closed

Jun. 20, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Disciplinary hearings for New Hampshire police officers accused of misconduct serious enough for decertification should not be automatically held behind closed doors, a judge ruled. The judge’s decision came as the Legislature voted to make...

Montana health officials struggle with changes to state law

Jun. 20, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Legislation aiming to protect businesses from COVID-19 restrictions imposed by local authorities was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte more than a month ago, but across the state, elected officials, public health officers and attorneys are left with wildly...

LSU urges state to require COVID-19 vaccines at its schools

Jun. 19, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's governing board is urging the state Department of Health to add COVID-19 shots to a list of required vaccinations for college students once federal regulators give full approval to the shots. Friday's 9-2 vote came after the LSU Board of...

Amid reform movement, some GOP states give police more power

Jun. 19, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of protests over police brutality, some Republican-controlled states have ignored or blocked police-reform proposals, moving instead in the other direction by granting greater powers to officers, making it harder to discipline them and expanding their...

Michigan House approves bills to broaden organ donation

Jun. 19, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People with a disability or a positive HIV test could not be discriminated against during the organ transplant process under legislation the Michigan House passed this past week. Though the federal Americans with Disabilities Act bans...

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...

Proposed bill could leave Ohio casinos without sports books

Jun. 18, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Some Ohio casinos and racinos could be left with losing tickets if the state Senate's sports betting legislation giving professional teams priority for obtaining a brick-and mortar sports book licenses is ultimately enacted. The bill was approved...

EXPLAINER: The story of Juneteenth, the new federal holiday

Jun. 18, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

The U.S. government is catching up with Black people who have been commemorating the end of slavery in the United States for generations with a day called “Juneteenth.” President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday that was passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or...

NC governor again vetoes gun-rights bill for more churches

Jun. 18, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed gun-rights legislation on Friday that would allow parishioners at more churches to be armed, marking the second year in a row that he's blocked the idea. The legislation affirms that people going to religious...