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Wichita priest won't be charged with child sexual abuse

Jan. 26, 2022 15:44 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who was accused of sexual exploitation of a child will not be charged because the statute of limitations has ended, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said Wednesday. The Catholic Diocese of Wichita placed Rev. Michael Schemm...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 26, 2022 14:41 PM EST

Tampa Bay Times. January 21, 2022. Editorial: Florida’s rental aid program falls short The federally-funded housing assistance had a worthy goal — to keep American renters hit hard by the pandemic from being evicted onto the streets. But as Catherine Owens of...

Court: Mask rule OK at Iowa schools with disabled students

Jan. 25, 2022 17:34 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed the state of Iowa to enforce a law that prevents local schools from imposing mask mandates, except for schools attended by students whose disabilities make them more vulnerable to severe illness if they get COVID-19. ...

Whitmer to propose tripling tax credit for low-wage workers

Jan. 24, 2022 15:16 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask lawmakers to triple Michigan's tax credit for low- and moderate-income workers, putting on average an extra $350 a year into their pockets. The proposal, which is to be unveiled in her annual State of the State address, would...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jan. 24, 2022 14:17 PM EST

Dallas Morning News. Jan. 19, 2022. Editorial: Meta’s move to Texas isn’t going to solve Facebook’s problems First, welcome to Texas, Facebook. Beg your pardon, Meta. Even if we are still adjusting to the rebranding, we are glad that one of the...

Arizona sues Biden to keep school anti-mask rules

Jan. 21, 2022 19:54 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sued the Biden administration on Friday over its demand that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools that don't have mask requirements or that close due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The lawsuit filed in federal...

Church victims push to expand lawsuit window in Nebraska

Jan. 21, 2022 19:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent. The proposal comes on the...

EXPLAINER: How is North Dakota shield law supposed to work?

Jan. 21, 2022 13:49 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The confiscation of a North Dakota reporter's cellphone by a Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent has shined a light on the state's 19-year-old shield law, which is aimed at protecting journalists from being forced to turn over notes and other information without a court...

Idaho judge weighs if governor has power over commutations

Jan. 20, 2022 20:24 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state judge is weighing whether Idaho's Constitution allows the governor to reject a parole board's recommendation when it comes to commuting a death sentence — a decision that may determine if a longtime death row inmate will be executed. 2nd District...

Report says Maine should change language in correction laws

Jan. 19, 2022 19:26 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine should rewrite some of its laws relating to the state corrections department so that the language is not demeaning to people in its system, who are regularly referred to in statutes as “prisoner, inmate or convict,” according to a report that's under review by a...