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NY to eliminate jail time for most minor parole violations

Sep. 17, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers will be able to avoid jail time for most nonviolent parole violations under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The “Less is More” law will take effect in March and largely eliminates New York's practice of incarcerating...

Enbridge ordered to pay $3M for Line 3 groundwater leak

Sep. 17, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have ordered Enbridge to pay more than $3 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline. The state Department of Natural Resources said...

California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 16, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...

Judge reviews tax credits to support private school tuition

Sep. 16, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge heard arguments Thursday over the constitutionality of allowing public tax credits to support private school tuition as a school-choice dispute reached a Kentucky courtroom. Opponents said the provisions represent a form of aid to private...

EXPLAINER: The Texas abortion law's swift impact, and future

Sep. 16, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in October will hear the Biden administration's efforts to block Texas' new law banning most abortions, which is already putting a strain on clinics and patients in the two weeks since it took effect. U.S. District Judge Robert...

Biden slammed for challenging nuclear workplace health law

Sep. 16, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state are upset the Biden administration is challenging a law making it easier for workers who become ill at a former nuclear weapons production site to be compensated. The Supreme Court will likely decide in the next few...

EU Parliament asks Polish PM to stop law primacy court case

Sep. 16, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling on Poland’s prime minister to cancel a case in which he asks a top Polish court whether Poland’s or the European Union's law takes precedence in the country. The court’s ruling,...

Portland scraps Texas boycott, allocates abortion funds

Sep. 15, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, has scrapped a plan to boycott Texas businesses because of a new law that prohibits most abortions there, deciding Wednesday to instead set aside $200,000 to fund reproductive care. The liberal Pacific...

Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban

Sep. 15, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. religious circles are wary of the law and questioning the movement’s current direction. ...

Attempt by far-right to reconvene Idaho House fizzles

Sep. 15, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attempt by far-right lawmakers Wednesday to form a quorum at the Statehouse that they say would have allowed them to force the Legislature to reconvene and pass laws to prohibit vaccine mandates fizzled when only 16 of the 70 House members showed up. ...