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Talks narrow on a compromise to changes in US policing laws

Apr. 22, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a country confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

Floyd killing has prompted state reforms, but not everywhere

Apr. 22, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George Floyd's killing last year and the protests that followed led to a wave of police reforms in dozens of states, from changes in use-of-force policies to greater accountability for officers. At the same time, lawmakers in a handful of states have had success...

Blue states chart diverging paths on death penalty debate

Apr. 22, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — An effort to repeal the death penalty in Nevada is exposing polarization in the Legislature while proving party affiliation can be an unreliable predictor when it comes to capital punishment. When Democrats won trifecta control of the western...

Committee advances Democratic budget focused on equity

Apr. 21, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

The Connecticut General Assembly's budget-writing committee approved, along party lines, a proposed two-year $46 billion state spending plan crafted by the majority Democrats who say that it attempts to address many equity issues that came to light during the pandemic and the nation's...

After Floyd, Congress ready to plunge into policing laws

Apr. 21, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a nation confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Apr. 21, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ April 21 The Times and Democrat on South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott's police reform proposals: It’s not hard to believe that most Americans do not favor...

Second state House Democrat joins lieutenant governor's race

Apr. 21, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Another state House member is jumping into the race for Georgia's lieutenant governor post. Rep. Derrick Jackson, a Tyrone Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday. Jackson, who was first elected to the House in 2016, said he wants...

Shooting in Albania leaves 1 dead, 4 injured before election

Apr. 21, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A shooting outside Albania's capital that reportedly was linked to political party activists before a parliamentary election this week killed one person and injured four others on Wednesday, according to police and media reports. A police...

Nevada GOP lawmaker wishes he voted for mining tax last year

Apr. 21, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Republican state lawmaker who cast the deciding vote in a legislative debate last summer about Nevada's mining tax structure now says he wishes he voted in favor of reining in deductions that mining businesses can claim. State Sen. Keith...

GOP advances Arizona election bill criticized by businesses

Apr. 20, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans on Tuesday advanced an election bill that's drawn fierce opposition from voting rights advocates, Democrats and prominent business executives who say it would disenfranchise voters of color. The measure passed the House in a party-line...