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Wyoming city councilman pleads guilty to child sex abuse

Dec. 18, 2018 10:46 PM EST

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A member of the Green River City Council in southwest Wyoming has pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports Allan Wilson entered his plea Monday and is expected to receive a deferred sentence for sexually abusing a minor below...

Mayor in Massachusetts given 5 days to quit or face recall

Dec. 18, 2018 8:29 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Fall River City Council is giving Mayor Jasiel Correia five days to step down or face a recall election. The council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a motion allowing the city clerk to send Correia a letter letting him know he has five days to resign. If he refuses, it...

Judge lifts order blocking Houston firefighter pay measure

Dec. 18, 2018 7:22 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Tuesday lifted a court order blocking the implementation of a new charter amendment that would give Houston's firefighters pay parity with city police officers, but the mayor says the raise would cost the city up to $100 million and result in hundreds of layoffs. The measure,...

Protests called off after group meets with mayor

Dec. 18, 2018 6:58 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Planned protests Tuesday about a police killing of a black man in an Alabama shopping mall have been called off after organizers met with city officials. Birmingham Justice League met with Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato and City Manager Allan Rice to discuss the incident that left...

Gambling capital: DC votes to legalize sports betting

Dec. 18, 2018 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — City lawmakers in Washington have voted to legalize sports betting, making the nation's capital the first U.S. jurisdiction without casinos to authorize sports books. The D.C. Council voted 11-2 on Tuesday to authorize betting on professional sports at the city's stadiums and arenas,...

City council approves catch-and-release for wild cats

Dec. 18, 2018 5:53 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines City Council found a new approach to contain the city's beloved community cats and address health concerns. The "trap, neuter, return" ordinance — in effect on March 1, 2019 — aims to help manage cat populations more humanely, the Des Moines Register...

Burlington hits pause on plan to restore city auditorium

Dec. 18, 2018 4:28 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Leaders in Burlington, Vermont, say the City Council is unlikely to ask voters next year to approve a $32.8 million plan to restore Memorial Auditorium. Republican City Council President Kurt Wright said Monday that officials are not signaling a lack of support, but want to be...

Des Moines adopts new effort to round up feral cats

Dec. 18, 2018 4:16 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines City Council has approved a new effort to round up feral cats and then spay or neuter the animals before releasing them back into the city. The Des Moines Register reports the effort is aimed at helping manage the cat population more humanely. The new ordinance takes...

Judge: De Pere gender identity policy violates church rights

Dec. 18, 2018 3:52 PM EST

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a northeastern Wisconsin city's ordinance barring discrimination based on gender identity violates the religious freedom of local churches. Brown County Judge William Atkinson ruled last week that churches in De Pere should be exempt from a city ordinance...

Prairie Village passes ordinance to shield LGBTQ residents

Dec. 18, 2018 3:49 PM EST

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — The Prairie Village City Council has approved an ordinance that shields LGBTQ individuals from many types of discrimination within the city. The council's unanimous approval on Monday night came after more than three months of sometimes contentious public debate on the issue....