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Wolf adds to mounting veto tally, kills permitless-gun bill

Dec. 02, 2021 19:58 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf followed through on his veto threat Thursday, rejecting Republican-penned legislation to allow people to carry a firearm openly or concealed, without a permit, adding to his total for Pennsylvania's chief executive with the most vetoes in more than four...

Georgia school boards group splits with national association

Dec. 02, 2021 15:40 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An association that advocates for Georgia’s school boards has severed ties with its national group, partly over a letter to President Joe Biden regarding threats against school officials and employees. The National School Boards Association had written...

Arizona abortions could end with Supreme Court decision

Dec. 02, 2021 15:08 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Abortions in Arizona could become illegal overnight if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark 1973 decision that said a woman has a constitutional right to end her pregnancy without government interference. A state law that predates the Roe v. Wade...

Can California legally require women on corporate boards?

Nov. 30, 2021 19:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first law requiring women on boards of publicly traded companies, he suggested it might not survive legal challenges. Three years later, a judge will begin hearing evidence Wednesday in Los...

Court upholds California ban on high-capacity magazines

Nov. 30, 2021 19:28 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by two of its judges and upheld California’s ban on high-capacity magazines Tuesday in a split decision that may be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. “The statute outlaws no...

Mississippi's Reeves touts anti-abortion law before hearing

Nov. 28, 2021 18:04 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Ahead of oral arguments Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Sunday defended the state's 2018 law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Republican Reeves told NBC's “Meet the Press” that he believed...

DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

Nov. 24, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. ...

High court to consider if GOP leaders can join voter ID suit

Nov. 24, 2021 14:21 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday it will consider whether North Carolina Republican legislative leaders can intervene in a federal court battle over a 2018 state voter ID mandate. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger want to...

South Dakota Supreme Court rules against pot legalization

Nov. 24, 2021 14:04 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that nullified a voter-passed amendment to the state constitution that would have legalized recreational marijuana use. Gov. Kristi Noem instigated the legal fight to...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 24, 2021 09:01 AM EST

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov. 22, 2021. Editorial: With guns, safety always must come first Pennsylvania is one of 14 states that do not, on a statewide basis, require a permit to carry a firearm openly, but do require a permit to carry a concealed...