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Conservation groups sue Engineer Corps over Yazoo Pumps

Apr. 14, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a massive flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta they say was hastily approved in the final days of the Trump administration. American Rivers, National...

Slew of police reform bills headed to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk

Apr. 14, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — As Washington lawmakers began wrapping up their work on an ambitious package of police accountability legislation in the past week, reminders of the cause were not hard to come by. In Minneapolis, prosecutors were concluding their murder case against...

Bill letting students opt out of LGBTQ material heads to gov

Apr. 14, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee bill requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity and let them opt their student out is heading to Republican Gov. Bill Lee. The legislation cleared its last hurdle in the...

Oklahoma Legislature OKs bill to crack down on protesters

Apr. 14, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed bill aimed at cracking down on protests by increasing penalties for blocking roadways and granting immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters received final legislative approval on Wednesday. The state Senate voted 38-10,...

Indiana lawmakers send abortion 'reversal' bill to governor

Apr. 14, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a scientifically dubious option that the bill's proponents claim could halt an abortion midway through the process. The...

Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race

Apr. 14, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday announced he'll run for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, shaking up the calculus in the expanding field to succeed retiring Sen. Richard Burr with the entrance of a veteran of statewide politics. ...

Bill proposes separate, elevated state agency for children

Apr. 14, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker wants to make the state agency that serves children a separate, cabinet-level department. Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, introduced a bill that would remove the Office of Children and Family Services from the Department of Health...

Wisconsin Senate set to approve Republican election changes

Apr. 14, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was set Wednesday to pass a host of Republican-authored changes to Wisconsin elections, including a prohibition on accepting private grants to aid election administration. The proposals are part of a larger package of GOP-authored...

Wisconsin DOJ gets sexual assault kit tracking database

Apr. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is setting up a tracking system to trace the status of sexual assault evidence kits in effort to ensure they're processed quickly, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on Wednesday. The system will be funded with...

Pushback against restrictive voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

The pushback against new voting bills and laws in numerous states is growing with dozens of nation's largest corporations and business leaders signing a new statement objecting to “any discriminatory legislation." Signatories to the letter, published Wednesday in The...