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Montana presses to finish census, eyeing 2nd House seat

Sep. 30, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A complete count of Montana’s households could come with a big reward — a second seat in Congress and millions of federal dollars annually. But the 2020 census deadline remains in flux, making it uncertain if census takers will finish counting the vast, rural state....

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for the state's primary election, in downtown Milwaukee. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, a federal appeals court upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin. Absentee ballots are typically due at local clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. on Election Day. The case is likely to be appealed by Republicans to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

GOP loses bid to suspend Wisconsin absentee ballot ruling

Sep. 30, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined a request by Republicans to suspend a ruling that will allow absentee ballots to be counted for six days after the election in the presidential battleground state. The Republican National Committee, state Republican Party and...

Mike Espy readies to speak with reporters in Jackson, Miss., after winning the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. After his victory Tuesday, he will face Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards in November. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Biden endorses Democrat Espy in Mississippi US Senate race

Sep. 30, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is endorsing Mike Espy in Mississippi's U.S. Senate race as the former agriculture secretary again tries to unseat Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican loyal to President Donald Trump. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in the spring of 2018...

Salon owner Shelley Luther begins to speak to the media after she was released from jail in Dallas, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Luther was jailed for refusing to keep her business closed amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Salon owner who defied lockdown makes Texas Senate runoff

Sep. 29, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A Dallas salon owner who was sent to jail for defying coronavirus lockdown orders and became a symbol of conservative angst over COVID-19 restrictions advanced to a runoff for a Texas Senate seat on Tuesday night. Republican Shelley Luther finished in a virtual dead heat with...

In this Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 photo, Kwanza Hall  answers a question during the Atlanta Police Foundation's Atlanta Mayoral debate hosted by WSB-TV at their studios in Atlanta.. Crime and safety were the main topic of discussion during live debate. (Phil Skinner/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Hall, Franklin head to runoff for rest of John Lewis’ term

Sep. 29, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin advanced to a runoff in Tuesday’s special election to fill the short remainder of the late John Lewis’ term in Congress. Hall and Franklin led five other candidates in...

Trump approves permit for Alaska cross-border railroad line

Sep. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a permit for a proposed rail line connecting Alaska and Canada. So-called presidential permits are required for certain cross-border projects. Trump sent a tweet Friday announcing his intention to sign the permit for the A2A cross-border...

David Glockner, Commonwealth Edison executive vice president for compliance and audit, testifies during the House Special Investigating Committee II hearing at the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The committee is looking into House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in a bribery scandal involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Former ComEd vice president pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former ComEd vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in what prosecutors say was a long-running bribery conspiracy in which the energy utility sought legislative support from one of Illinois’ most powerful Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Fidel Marquez, who headed...

A worker holds stickers at a polling place for the South Carolina primary election, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changing absentee rules leave South Carolina voters confused

Sep. 29, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A flurry of federal court rulings this month over whether South Carolinians need witnesses to sign their mail-in ballots this November has left many confused and frustrated as voting registration deadlines approach, with absentee voting beginning in less than a week. The rulings stem...

Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks during news conference unveiling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Minnesota congresswoman sues to decide race in November

Sep. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is seeking a court order requiring that the November election in her congressional race be held as scheduled instead of being delayed until February under a Minnesota law that was triggered when a third-party candidate died. Craig, who is seeking a second...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, John Keeler, Vice President and General Counsel for Spectacle Entertainment, addresses the members of the Indiana Gaming Commission in Indianapolis. Keeler has been indicted Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, on federal charges of illegally funneling campaign contributions to a former state lawmaker's unsuccessful congressional campaign. (Doug McSchooler/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Indiana casino executive charged in illegal campaign scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One top executive of an Indiana casino company that is building a new $400 million casino in Gary has been indicted and another has left his position following a lengthy federal investigation into allegations that corporate money was illegally funneled to a former state...