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Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

May. 25, 2018 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott...

ACLU: Misconduct claims by children are widespread at border

May. 23, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday released documents detailing widespread allegations of misconduct by U.S. border authorities toward children, including kicking one in the ribs, denying medical attention to a pregnant teen who complained of pain and threatening others with...

Kentucky attorney general rules closed meeting violated law

May. 18, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A ruling from the Kentucky attorney general's office says the state Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act by discussing in closed session changes to former Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt's contract. WDRB-TV sought the opinion. The station reports the opinion this...

EPA inspector general investigating Pruitt email accounts

May. 15, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is opening an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of multiple email accounts. Inspector General Arthur Elkins said in a letter released Tuesday that his office will review the matter, the latest in a series of federal...

Judge: Lawmakers' private pension meeting broke the law

May. 15, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge has ruled Kentucky's lawmakers broke the law when they held a private meeting to discuss changes to the state's public pension system. The House of Representatives held a closed-door meeting in August to discuss the state's struggling pension plan. Lawmakers justified the...

ACLU sues 3 federal agencies for immigration records

May. 8, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Worried about increasingly aggressive tactics, civil liberties groups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday for records of immigration enforcement actions to get a clearer picture of what's happened since Republican President Donald Trump took...

AG: Eastern Kentucky board violated law with secret meeting

May. 4, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general says the Eastern Kentucky Board of Regents violated the state open meetings acts when it held a closed-door session before announcing they'd deal with a $25 million budget shortfall by cutting around 120 jobs. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Thursday...

Missouri governor faces multiple investigations

May. 4, 2018 12:47 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has faced multiple investigations on a variety of issues, including allegations of sexual misconduct, misusing charity resources for political purposes and ignoring open-records requirements. The first-term Republican governor has acknowledged having...

George Mason faculty seeks disclosure of donor agreements

May. 3, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The faculty senate at Virginia's largest university has formally asked the school to disclose donor agreements after revelations that some gift arrangements gave the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of some professors. The senate at George Mason...

Judge: Confide lawsuit against Missouri governor can proceed

May. 1, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge is allowing a lawsuit over use of a message-deleting app by Gov. Eric Greitens' office to move forward, despite efforts by Greitens' attorneys to get the case tossed out. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem on Monday ruled that claims that Greitens' office...