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NC court upholds murder conviction for missing woman's death

Sep. 21, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state Court of Appeals panel upheld on Tuesday the first-degree murder conviction of a southeastern North Carolina man in the death of his girlfriend, whose body was found in a shallow grave on property owned by his employer. The three judges...

Bakery workers must receive delayed payments, judge rules

Sep. 21, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Employees of the Koffee Kup Bakery in Vermont must be paid in full for the vacation time they earned before their employer suddenly shut down in April, a judge has ruled. In the spring, 440 employees of Koffee Kup, and an additional 100 at its...

Ex-mayor, elected at age 23, gets 6 years in corruption case

Sep. 21, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts mayor, once a rising Democratic star after being elected at just 23 years old, was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses that wanted to operate in his...

Ex-CEO of suburban Chicago company acquitted in federal case

Sep. 21, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has acquitted the former CEO of a suburban Chicago manufacturing company of all charges in a case that accused him of inflating revenue reports by $24 million. U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman cleared Gary Winemaster of all counts...

Oklahoma court lifts stays in 2 McGirt-related decisions

Sep. 21, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday lifted stays in two cases it overturned based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state has no jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal lands by non-American Indians against Native Americans. ...

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...

Defendant guilty in fatal shooting in Hibbing in 2018

Sep. 21, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A judge has found a defendant accused of fatally shooting one man and injuring another in Hibbing nearly three years ago guilty of murder and assault. Jerome Spann waived his right to a jury trial and opted for a judge to decide his case. A court...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Sep. 21, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

Jefferson City News Tribune. September 19, 2021. Editorial: Efficiency in government, from government Efficiency in government is something you see politicians harp on, not to mention us in the media.Of course, we all want our tax dollars to stretch...

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. ...

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...