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Utah redistricting meeting bombarded with explicit images

Apr. 14, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — The first meeting of Utah's independent redistricting committee was cut short after the virtual call was bombarded with explicit images and racist comments. Commission members met in person in Taylorsville, Utah on Tuesday but the public could...

Minnesota cop will be charged in shooting of Black motorist

Apr. 14, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A prosecutor said Wednesday that he will charge a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and...

Big-business pushback against voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation." The letter, published Wednesday in The New York Times and The...

Slew of police reform bills headed to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk

Apr. 14, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — As Washington lawmakers began wrapping up their work on an ambitious package of police accountability legislation in the past week, reminders of the cause were not hard to come by. In Minneapolis, prosecutors were concluding their murder case against...

Bill letting students opt out of LGBTQ material heads to gov

Apr. 14, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee bill requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity and let them opt their student out is heading to Republican Gov. Bill Lee. The legislation cleared its last hurdle in the...

Oklahoma Legislature OKs bill to crack down on protesters

Apr. 14, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed bill aimed at cracking down on protests by increasing penalties for blocking roadways and granting immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters received final legislative approval on Wednesday. The state Senate voted 38-10,...

Indiana lawmakers send abortion 'reversal' bill to governor

Apr. 14, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a scientifically dubious option that the bill's proponents claim could halt an abortion midway through the process. The...

In Minnesota, suburban mayor is thrust into policing debate

Apr. 14, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era, marking the first time one of Minnesota's most racially diverse places would be led by a person of color. Elliott, a Black man who had emigrated from Liberia as a child, was...

Detroit chief: Rep. Tlaib's tweets about police 'disgusting'

Apr. 14, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan congresswoman said the fatal shooting of a young Black man by police near Minneapolis wasn't an accident and is proof of racism, a claim that Detroit's police chief dismissed as a "disgusting knee-jerk response.” “This was a tragic...

Lawyer: Man accused in Texas mass shooting was harassed

Apr. 14, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — The employee accused of opening fire at a Texas cabinet-making company was harassed by his colleagues before he fatally shot one man and wounded five other co-workers, his lawyer said. Larry Bollin remained in a Brazos County jail Wednesday on...