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Slavery ban testimony heard by Vermont legislators

Jan. 20, 2022 21:02 PM EST

Vermont legislators are again taking up a proposed constitutional amendment to make it clear that slavery and indentured servitude are prohibited, as some other states have done. Vermont's constitution currently says no person 21 or older should serve as a slave unless bound by...

Lawsuit: Tennessee adoption agency turned away Jewish couple

Jan. 20, 2022 19:07 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Knoxville couple is suing the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, saying a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish. Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram say the Holston United Methodist Home for Children...

NCAA ratifies new constitution, paving way to restructuring

Jan. 20, 2022 18:42 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA member schools voted to ratify a new, streamlined constitution Thursday, paving the way for a decentralized approach to governing college sports that will hand more power to schools and conferences. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor, 801-195, and was...

Proposal would officially make Nebraska Legislature partisan

Jan. 20, 2022 18:29 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker proposed a measure Thursday that would end Nebraska's status as the only state with an officially nonpartisan Legislature. The measure by Sen. Julie Slama, of Peru, would strike Nebraska's constitutional requirement that state legislative candidates...

US appeals court: 2 California counties violated Constitution by shutting down gun shops during early days of pandemic

Jan. 20, 2022 17:16 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — US appeals court: 2 California counties violated Constitution by shutting down gun shops during early days of pandemic.

Washington justices uphold $18M fine in GMO-labeling case

Jan. 20, 2022 14:36 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has narrowly upheld an $18 million fine levied against an association of large food brands that funneled dark money into a state political campaign. The 5-4 decision Thursday found that the penalty against the Grocery Manufacturers...

Belarus calls referendum that could strengthen Lukashenko

Jan. 20, 2022 14:32 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president has called a referendum next month on constitutional amendments, which could allow him to further cement his grip on power after months of mass protests and remain in office until 2035. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has...

Nebraska lawmakers advance convention of states proposal

Jan. 20, 2022 12:42 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska inched closer Thursday to joining other states in a call for a special convention to make changes to the U.S. Constitution. The measure won second-round approval in the Legislature despite objections from some lawmakers that it could lead to unintended...

Text of SC Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 19:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow South Carolinians: We are here tonight to address...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 19, 2022 17:53 PM EST

Dalton Daily Citizen-News. January 18, 2022. Editorial: Expansion of free COVID testing program in North Georgia comes at an important time As the omicron COVID-19 variant burns through the country, many people attempting to get tested for the virus have found long...