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N Carolina judges keep alive lawsuit against voter ID law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges are keeping alive a lawsuit that challenges the state's new photo voter identification law as discriminating against racial minorities, but the court won't stop IDs from being required in upcoming elections as the case grinds ahead. Voters last November passed a...

Judge dismisses Iowa gender reassignment surgery lawsuit

Jul. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in May challenging a new state law that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding for gender reassignment surgery. Judge David Porter says in an order filed Thursday that the two people who filed the lawsuit must first seek to have their...

3K federal inmates released under criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 19, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,100 federal inmates were being released Friday by the Bureau of Prisons as part of a criminal justice overhaul signed into law last year. The First Step Act gives judges more discretion in sentencing, eases mandatory minimum sentences and encourages inmates to participate in...

Editorials from around New England

Jul. 19, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT No disguising ugliness of Trump comments Connecticut Post July 17 Even at this late date, four years after he launched his presidential campaign in a spasm of xenophobia, there's a desire on the part of many Americans to believe that racism from the president of...

Texas leaders urge prosecutors to keep enforcing pot laws

Jul. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican leaders on Thursday urged state district and county attorneys to continue enforcing marijuana laws, a move that follows several local prosecutors' decision to drop pot possession cases amid confusion surrounding a new law legalizing hemp. The letter sent by Gov. Greg...

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska company chosen to grow hemp

Jul. 18, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A farming business owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's economic development corporation will start growing hemp this summer on the tribe's reservation. Ho-Chunk Farms announced Thursday that it was one of 10 applicants that received a state license to start hemp farming....

New York's climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

Jul. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive...

Official raises ethics concerns after truck loaned to mayor

Jul. 18, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming councilman has raised concerns about possible ethics laws violations after a dealership loaned a truck to a mayor. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Thursday that Mayor Marian Orr was loaned a Dodge truck with her name and title written on the doors to use during Cheyenne...

Indiana won't appeal order blocking abortion procedure ban

Jul. 18, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general has reversed himself and decided against appealing a federal judge's decision to block a state law that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure. A judge granted a preliminary injunction last month sought by doctors who perform dilation and evacuation...

Michigan court mulls legality of weaker wage, sick time laws

Jul. 17, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans' maneuver to weaken voter-proposed laws to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave was "outright unconstitutional," a top appellate lawyer said Wednesday while urging the state Supreme Court to stand as a "last line of defense" against the unprecedented...