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Ahead of school year, judges OK rollout of voucher program

Aug. 06, 2022 10:40 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will be able to implement a contentious school voucher program while opponents continue challenging the initiative, a three-judge panel decided just days before the new school year begins. On Friday, attorneys representing Nashville, Shelby County...

With school about to begin, voucher foes aim to stop program

Aug. 05, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents to a contentious Tennessee school voucher program on Friday argued the state is acting in a “haphazard fashion” attempting to roll out the initiative ahead of the new school year as they asked a panel of judges to once again block the 2019 law from being...

Louisiana abortion providers file appeal, hope to block ban

Aug. 04, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates hope Louisiana’s near-total ban of the procedure will soon be blocked again, after plaintiffs in an ongoing legal challenge filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court Thursday. Access to abortion in Louisiana has been back-and-forth...

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

Aug. 04, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her. The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an admitted pornography addict, was in counseling with his...

N. Carolina AG defends recusal in 20-week abortion ban case

Aug. 03, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein repudiated Republican General Assembly leaders’ allegations Wednesday that he neglected his duty to defend state law by refusing to seek enforcement of a blocked 20-week abortion ban after the fall of Roe v. Wade. ...

News groups sue Bettendorf schools after media excluded

Aug. 02, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four eastern Iowa media organizations are joining a nonprofit media rights group in filing a lawsuit against the Bettendorf school board and other officials after they blocked journalists from covering a meeting about school violence that was attended by hundreds of...

NC Republicans ask judge to reinstate 20-week abortion ban

Jul. 28, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Republican General Assembly leaders have asked a federal judge to reinstate a 20-week abortion ban previously thrown out by courts, despite the Democratic attorney general’s refusal to seek enforcement of the ban after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned...

Judge blocks campaign law enforcement in AG campaign probe

Jul. 25, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge agreed on Monday to block for now any enforcement of a state law in a political ad investigation of North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein’s campaign, saying it’s likely to win on legal claims that the law is unconstitutional. Following...

Lawmakers eye exemptions to Tennessee's trigger law

Jul. 25, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s attorney general’s office on Monday said it’s still unknown when the state’s anti-abortion “trigger ban” will go into effect, but some state lawmakers are raising alarm that the ban has no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. ...

Partnership keeps private Colorado 14ers open to hikers

Jul. 23, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

MOSQUITO RANGE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Fourteeners Initiative trail builder Sarah Barringer looked up from her trail work on the switchback heading to the ridge below Mount Bross. A man was taking a shortcut, causing the kind of erosion that she was repairing. “Please stay on the...