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EXPLAINER: Wisconsin redistricting legal battle picks up

Sep. 21, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The battle over drawing new political boundary lines in Wisconsin is heating up, with federal judges telling the Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday that it wants to have new maps enacted by March. U.S. District Judge James Peterson said the...

Down syndrome issue at center of Missouri abortion law case

Sep. 21, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

A federal appeals court is deciding the fate of a Missouri law that puts sweeping restrictions on abortions, and a focal point of oral arguments on Tuesday was a provision prohibiting abortions based solely on a Down syndrome diagnosis. The law...

Dakota Access asks high court to reverse pipeline decision

Sep. 21, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that operates the Dakota Access oil pipeline is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appellate ruling ordering additional environmental review, saying it puts the line at risk of being shut down. A Washington, D.C., Circuit Court...

Lawmakers attempt to revive nationwide eviction moratorium

Sep. 21, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

Several progressive lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reimpose a nationwide eviction moratorium at a time when deaths from COVID-19 are running at their highest levels since early March. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Sep. 21, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

Bloomington Pantagraph. September 18, 2021. Editorial: Positive signs at signing The presence of elected Republicans beside Gov. J.B. Pritzker as a bill signing this week shows sometimes politicians can put people over party. ...

Maine tops 1,000 deaths as delta variant fills hospitals

Sep. 21, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine topped 1,000 COVID-19 deaths as the delta variant continues to fill the state's hospital beds, and Gov. Janet Mills used the “grim and unwelcome milestone” to press Tuesday for residents to get vaccinated. An additional 18 deaths...

Justices ponder victim rights amendment that's been in limbo

Sep. 21, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Questions about the legality and practical effect of a victims' rights amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that has been in limbo for almost two years dominated oral arguments in the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The justices could act to...

Maine House speaker joins push to defend abortion rights

Sep. 21, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic House speaker has joined a group of state lawmakers that is filing court papers in support of maintaining abortion rights. Maine House Speaker Ryan Fecteau said Tuesday he is one of almost 900 state lawmakers in the country who...

Today in History

Sep. 21, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2021. There are 101 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Sept. 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo crashed into Charleston, South Carolina (the storm was...

Court order sought to end mask mandate in Vegas-area schools

Sep. 20, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Parents of students in the Las Vegas area who filed a lawsuit last month challenging Nevada’s COVID-19 mask mandates asked a federal judge on Monday to issue an emergency order allowing children to attend school without masks. The lawsuit filed...