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Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Apr. 14, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ April 13 The Index-Journal on extending the effort behind the South Carolina Highway Patrol's weeklong littering crackdown: One could certainly argue that...

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition. President Joe Biden on Wednesday...

EXPLAINER: Why outside prosecutors review killings by police

Apr. 14, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A white former police officer is being charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, just three days after the Black man was shot during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. The swift probe...

Biden nominee Wormuth would be first woman to lead Army

Apr. 12, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to nominate Christine Wormuth, a former senior Pentagon official, to be the first woman to lead the Army, the White House said Monday. If confirmed by the Senate as Army secretary, Wormuth would be one of the more powerful...

Alaska court sides with Dunleavy in appointments dispute

Apr. 08, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Mike Dunleavy in ruling that the state constitution requires legislators to decide on gubernatorial appointments in a joint session. The court also struck down a provision of law dealing with...

Arkansas health secretary confirmed despite virus pushback

Apr. 08, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' top health official was confirmed by the state Senate on Thursday despite pushback from some Republican lawmakers over the state's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted 25-8 to confirm Dr. Jose Romero as state health...

6 justices to hear judicial nomination commission case

Apr. 07, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Six members of the Montana Supreme Court will consider a legal challenge to a new Montana law that would eliminate the state's judicial nomination commission and allow the governor to appoint judges to fill vacancies between elections, the court ruled Wednesday. ...

Biden picks Missouri's Robin Carnahan for agency appointment

Apr. 07, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced he plans to nominate former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to administrator of the General Services Administration. Carnahan served as secretary of state from 2005 to 2012. ...

Noem announces chief of staff leaving for Board of Regents

Apr. 07, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that her top aide will change for the third time during her tenure as governor when she appoints her current chief of staff to the Board of Regents. Tony Venhuizen will take join the board later...

Alaska court hears arguments in dispute over appointments

Apr. 06, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court is considering whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy improperly kept in place appointments to boards, commissions and his Cabinet after lawmakers failed to meet to consider the appointments. Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg in...