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EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

Oct. 21, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with...

Montana media groups appeal ruling over closed GOP meeting

Oct. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Members of the Montana media are appealing a state judge's ruling in a lawsuit over whether Republican members of a legislative committee legally held a secret meeting before voting on bills involving abortion and transgender health care. The media...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Oct. 20, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

Rome News-Tribune. October 16, 2021. Editorial: Let’s keep local control over our elections board We should keep the influence of political parties out of the Floyd County Elections Board. Allowing political parties to...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 20, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Voters should pick Democrat Sharief in U.S. 20 primary to succeed Hastings Democratic Primary: Barbara Sharief The voters in Florida’s 20th congressional district can take solace in...

State appeals decision to block Montana's new abortion laws

Oct. 20, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Attorney General is appealing in the state Supreme Court against a decision by a district court judge to block several laws restricting abortion access while a legal challenge is underway. Republican Attorney General Austin Knudsen filed...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Oct. 20, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct.18 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Colin Powell's efforts to build bridges, steer GOP from extremism: Much as Colin Powell deserves a tribute as America’s first...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 20, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

Chicago Tribune. October 18, 2021. Editorial: We have to rethink farm subsidies before they do more damage The autumn harvest is underway in Illinois, and it’s a juicy one despite the otherwise lousy year. Corn and soybeans...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 20, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Oct. 17, 2021. Editorial: Time to rein in quid pro quo culture of Harrisburg The culture of Harrisburg would be best described as “clubby.” After legislative sessions at the State Capitol on Third Street, lawmakers and...

Lawsuit challenges Oklahoma ban on teaching race theory

Oct. 19, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma students and educators on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that bans the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism. The law, HB 1775, also prevents colleges and universities from...

UNC may keep affirmative action in admissions, judge says

Oct. 19, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina’s flagship public university can continue to consider race as a factor in its undergraduate admissions, rebuffing a conservative group's argument that affirmative action disadvantages white and Asian students. ...