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Hawaii groups to take more action against illegal evictions

Aug. 6, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Several organizations plan to take more legal action against landlords who violate Hawaii's moratorium on evictions over unpaid housing bills during the coronavirus pandemic. Under Gov. David Ige's April emergency proclamation, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants for failing to...

Tennessee appeals court listens to school voucher arguments

Aug. 5, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee continued to defend its school voucher program Wednesday, with attorneys asking a state appeals court to reverse a judge's ruling declaring the program illegal. Davidson County Chancellor Anne C. Martin ruled in May that the school voucher law violated the Tennessee...

Judge rejects most N.C. election changes sought in lawsuit

Aug. 4, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to order a wide array of changes to North Carolina's election rules sought by voting advocacy groups worried about how COVID-19 could limit ballot access. But he told election officials they can't reject mail-in absentee ballots unless there's a way...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, talks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, Lee announced health insurance premiums for people who purchase coverage through the state marketplace will increase an average of 0.6% in 2021. It is the lowest average increase since the launch of the federal Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California health insurance rates increase slightly for 2021

Aug. 4, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Health insurance premiums for the 1.5 million Californians who purchase coverage through the state marketplace will go up an average of 0.6% next year, officials announced Tuesday. It's the smallest increase yet and is attributed to a surge of new signups coupled with a decline in...

NY rolls back legal immunity for hospitals, nursing homes

Aug. 3, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

Nursing homes and hospitals in New York can once again be held liable in lawsuits and criminal prosecutions for care provided to patients not being treated for COVID-19 under a law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday. Nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities were granted a broad legal shield to...

Event seeks to give 1,500 women free firearms training

Aug. 3, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Free gun lessons are being offered in the Detroit area to 1,500 women interested in learning about firearms and personal protection. Gun advocacy group Legally Armed in Detroit has scheduled its annual firearms training event on Aug. 15-16. Sessions include a firearms safety briefing,...

California lawmakers were globetrotters before pandemic

Aug. 3, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — It was a different era for California lawmakers before the coronavirus pandemic: business-class flights to Japan, stays at 5-star hotels and dinners with local politicians in the name of promoting economic ties. In February, the Japanese government paid to host six California...

Wyoming libertarian group sues to campaign near poll centers

Jul. 28, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's leading libertarian think tank is suing the state for the right to campaign within a restricted speech buffer zone around polling centers. The Wyoming Liberty Group will sue state Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and several Laramie County officials, the Casper Star-Tribune...

Advocates: Shield poor students from pandemic budget cut

Jul. 28, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan should shield low-income students from the brunt of a potential K-12 funding cut in the coming school year instead of making an across-the-board reduction to base aid to resolve a pandemic-caused budget hole, an education advocacy group said Tuesday. The Education...

Unions sue USDA over faster chicken plant production speeds

Jul. 28, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The union representing workers at chicken processing plants in six states sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying its policy of allowing companies to slaughter birds more quickly endangers workers and makes it more difficult to protect against spread of the...