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Texas gun rights lobby pushing back on calls for new laws

Aug. 23, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby swiftly pushed back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws after a gunman killed 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relationship between gun-rights groups, Abbott and the state's Republican...

Cooper vetoes bill designed to retool reading program

Aug. 23, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill designed to clean up a North Carolina student reading comprehension program championed for years by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger. Cooper said on Friday he vetoed the measure approved to retool the "Read to Achieve" program, which...

DOJ making changes to agency that runs immigration courts

Aug. 23, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday announced changes to the agency that runs the country's immigration courts, giving its director authority to weigh in and make appellate rulings on cases. The interim rule published by the Justice Department faced immediate criticism by the immigration...

Governor vetoes extension of business tax incentive programs

Aug. 23, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has vetoed an extension of two tax incentive programs that are the subject of a state investigation. Murphy's conditional veto on Friday returns the bill to the Legislature with recommended changes. An auditor report and a comptroller review have...

Murphy says White House still open to background checks bill

Aug. 23, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The White House has told U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy that President Donald Trump remains committed to working on expanded background checks legislation for gun purchases, but the Connecticut Democrat acknowledged Friday he's skeptical whether anything will happen. Murphy said he spoke...

Railroad sues Oklahoma on law to limit blocked crossings

Aug. 23, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit by a Texas-based railroad seeks to overturn an Oklahoma law prohibiting trains from blocking street intersections for more than 10 minutes, with some exceptions that include letting oncoming trains pass. The Oklahoman first reported the federal lawsuit filed Thursday in...

A look at court fights over Trump's financial documents

Aug. 23, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

President Donald Trump's lawyers argued Friday at a federal appeals court in New York that two banks should be stopped from turning over his financial records to House committees seeking them. The case is one of several across the country where Trump is fighting against turning over documents sought by Democrats....

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 23, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Pot legalization: Unreliable in many ways The Republican-American Aug. 22 As if Connecticut didn't already have enough reasons to resist the temptation to legalize - and tax - recreational marijuana sales, the Pew Charitable Trusts offered another this week. As...

Texas governor expresses concern about private gun sales

Aug. 22, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday raised concern about private firearm sales but didn't commit to crack down on them or act on gun control issues following a meeting on ways to prevent mass shootings such as the El Paso attack that killed 22 people. While lawmakers are...

Tangier Island man gets 1 year for overharvesting oysters

Aug. 22, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A waterman from Tangier Island has been sentenced to a year in prison for overharvesting oysters. Forty-four-year-old Gregory Parks pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court in Norfolk to harvesting 38 bushels of oysters in excess of daily limits while working between January...