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Wedding planning sites change policies on slave plantations

Dec. 5, 2019 6:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Four major websites used for wedding planning are revising their policies on content referencing former slave plantations, responding to an advocacy group's campaign urging the companies to stop promoting venues where black people were once brutalized. Pinterest says it will now limit...

Liberals protest as conservative legislative group gathers

Dec. 4, 2019 8:23 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Conservative lawmakers gathering in Arizona Wednesday for a conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council were greeted with protests and a lawsuit. The council, known as ALEC, has faced growing scrutiny over the model legislation shared at its conferences, which critics...

Families of inmates describe violent conditions to panel

Dec. 4, 2019 7:17 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Family members and advocates of Alabama inmates crowded into a state task force meeting Wednesday to plead for changes to the state's criminal justice system and in state prisons that have come under national scrutiny for violent and crowded conditions. The Governor's Study Group on...

Retired government workers decry pension-solvency proposal

Dec. 4, 2019 5:00 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group for retired public employees assailed core provisions of a pension reform proposal in defiance of recommendations by the governor, at a legislative hearing Wednesday. Miguel Gómez, executive director of Retired Public Employees of New Mexico that represents more...

Migrant group says farmworker detention violated policy

Dec. 3, 2019 10:42 AM EST

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont farmworker advocacy group says a sheriff’s deputy violated his department’s fair and impartial policing policy when he detained a farmworker and called federal immigration authorities. Migrant Justice says the farmworker, 21-year-old Luis Ulloa, a...

Leader of gun rights group stepping down after 10 years

Nov. 28, 2019 4:18 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shortly after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, Scott Wilson found himself thrust into the national spotlight as the voice of gun rights in Connecticut. It’s a role he didn’t imagine earlier in his life, as a survivor of gun violence himself. As president of the...

Experts: Leadership key to changing anti-gay police culture

Nov. 27, 2019 11:45 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — It is possible to change the police culture in St. Louis County, which was on the losing end of a $20 million jury award to a gay officer who claimed he had been discriminated against, but experts say changing such “hypermasculine” environments requires a commitment from...

House Oversight panel sues Barr, Ross over census documents

Nov. 26, 2019 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee sued two top Trump administration officials Tuesday for refusing to produce documents related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “have not produced a single...

West Virginia wants suit against foster system tossed

Nov. 26, 2019 4:58 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wants a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit alleging the state’s overwhelmed foster care system has failed to protect children. The state on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss the class-action case brought by nonprofit advocacy groups and a law firm on behalf of...

Capitol Watch: Bills-in-limbo test Cuomo’s liberal politics

Nov. 23, 2019 10:46 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s veto season in Albany. After an unusually busy year in the state legislature following a Democratic takeover of the Senate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to sign or veto 373 of the approximately 900 bills passed by lawmakers in 2019. Cuomo has vetoed just 26 bills so far this...