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Arkansas House votes to end state's 'Confederate Flag Day'

Apr. 15, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to end a day that commemorates the Confederate flag. The majority-Republican House voted 80-7 for legislation that repeals Confederate Flag Day, which is designated as the...

Massachusetts House OKs bill for new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Apr. 15, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House voted Thursday to approve a $400 million bond bill to pay for a new facility to replace the existing Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, the site of one of the nation's deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a long-term care facility. The...

S Carolina Republicans give expanding voting a brief hearing

Apr. 15, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill in South Carolina that would greatly expand voting through no-excuse absentee ballots and eliminating witnesses for votes cast by mail got a hearing in the Republican-dominated Legislature on Thursday. The subcommittee hearing was less than...

Polish court rules ombudsman must leave office at term end

Apr. 15, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that the country's human rights commissioner can't remain in the job indefinitely after the end of his term until a successor is chosen. The ruling by the government-controlled Constitutional Tribunal paves the...

Indiana lawmakers override governor's emergency powers veto

Apr. 15, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators stepped toward a possible court fight with Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday by voting to override his veto and give themselves more authority to intervene when the state’s chief executive declares an emergency. The...

Houston's expanded voting becomes target of GOP restrictions

Apr. 15, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation's next big voting battle is underway in Texas, where Republicans are trying to outlaw 24-hour polling places and drive-thru voting as options, and to make it a crime for elections officials to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications. ...

Alabama Senate advances bill on transgender girls in sports

Apr. 15, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could soon become the next conservative state to prevent transgender girls from playing on female sports teams. The Republican-dominated Alabama Senate on Thursday voted 25-5 for the House-passed bill that would prohibit K-12 schools from...

Smoking foes: Make COVID casino smoking ban permanent in NJ

Apr. 15, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Health advocates say New Jersey's temporary coronavirus-related ban on smoking in the Atlantic City casinos should be made permanent, and some state legislators said Thursday they will push to make that happen. But the casinos say permanently...

New Wisconsin Senate leader acknowledges 'rocky start'

Apr. 15, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate's new majority leader acknowledged Thursday that he got off to a “rocky” start after he ran afoul of Assembly Republicans on a COVID-19 relief bill earlier this year. Senate Republicans elected Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg as...

Arizona legislation fetes civil rights icon Fred Korematsu

Apr. 15, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is honoring late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, whose fight against Japanese American internment went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday signed legislation establishing a “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties...