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Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

Another flood aid hurdle crossed

Jun. 15, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Thousands of Louisiana homeowners with damage from the 2016 floods are a step closer to accessing federal aid. Many homeowners have been restricted from getting Restore Louisiana grants because they sought Small Business Administration loans to help with rebuilding. But the...

The Latest: Ralph Abraham wins Louisiana's Iowa Straw Poll

Jun. 15, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana's version of the Iowa Straw Poll for Republicans (all times local): 4 p.m. Republican candidate for governor Ralph Abraham has won Louisiana's version of the Iowa Straw Poll. Southwestern Louisiana Republicans hosted the state's first-ever gubernatorial straw...

Family of slain ex-Arkansas lawmaker "sickened" by arrest

Jun. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

The family of a former Arkansas state senator who was found dead outside of her home says they are "sickened and upset" by the thought that one of her friends could have been involved in her killing. Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, of Pocahontas, in connection...

Stapleton leaves governor's race to campaign for US House

Jun. 15, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton said Saturday he's leaving the crowded gubernatorial race to become the first Republican to run for the state's newly open U.S. House seat. Stapleton's change of course comes a day after U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte launched his campaign for...

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism

Jun. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for better wages and public school funding. Since that successful...

Rep. Pressley: Bill would ease access to birth control pills

Jun. 15, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is working with other Democratic members of Congress to push legislation aimed at making it easier and less expensive to obtain birth control pills. The legislation would require insurance companies to cover any oral contraception approved by the Food and Drug...

Migrants complain of poor conditions at US holding centers

Jun. 15, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers, with some people at an encampment in El Paso being forced to sleep on the bare ground during dust storms. The Border Network for...

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and...

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

Jun. 14, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala...