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Tennessee city may offer tax breaks to historic home owners

Oct. 14, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The metro council of Nashville, Tennessee, is considering a tax break for owners of historic homes who choose to improve their properties. WPLN-FM reports the idea is to encourage owners to preserve historic homes rather than tearing them down. If passed, the resolution would create...

Lack of Sioux Falls police diversity creates challenges

Oct. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Mark Blackburn knows the clock is ticking. The Sioux Falls Police Department has talked about the desire to increase demographic diversity on its force for decades, but the numbers don't add up. A lack of racial and gender representation reflecting the growing Sioux Falls community...

Hundreds of migrants corralled at detention center in Mexico

Oct. 13, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America found themselves corralled in a migrant detention facility in southern Mexico on Sunday after a futile attempt to head north as part of a caravan aiming to reach the United States. The group set out before sunrise...

Orban's party suffers major losses in Hungary's local votes

Oct. 13, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Prime Minister Viktor Orban's dominant right-wing Fidesz party suffered large losses in Sunday's local elections in Hungary. Opposition candidates won the mayoral race in Budapest, the capital, and were also projected to win in 10 of the country's 23 largest cities. In 2014, the...

The Latest: Hungary opposition parties win big in Budapest

Oct. 13, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on local elections in Hungary (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The candidate backed by several opposition parties has been elected mayor of Budapest, defeating the incumbent supported by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party. With 74% of the votes counted in Budapest,...

Officials to recount Davenport mayor's race ballots by hand

Oct. 13, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A manual recount this week will determine which two candidates move on from Davenport's primary in the mayor's race. The Quad-City Times reports the third-place finisher in the mayor's race, Dan Portes, requested the recount after he finished just eight votes behind Alderwoman Rita...

Starkville annexation foes sue to block entrance into city

Oct. 13, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city's recent annexation is being challenged in court by 30 residents and one business who wish to remain unincorporated. The Starkville Daily News reports a trial is set for June 2020 in chancery court Starkville in August moved to annex 28 square miles (72 square...

Wind developer to pay $3.1M to local Wyoming governments

Oct. 13, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have ordered a wind developer to contribute $3.1 million to the governments of Rock River, Laramie and Albany County to offset the impact on public services created by a $1 billion wind project on the border of Albany and Carbon counties. The Laramie Boomerang...

Chicago teachers may test unions' 'social justice' strategy

Oct. 13, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A threatened strike by Chicago teachers would test a strategy employed by a growing number of urban teachers unions convinced that transforming contentious contract talks into discussions about class sizes and student services wins public support and can be a difference maker at the...

Mozambique braces for 'ill-tempered and nasty' election

Oct. 13, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's elections on Tuesday are almost certain to be won by the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi but it is unclear if the results will bring badly needed stability and economic growth. The southern African nation of nearly 30 million people has a strategic...