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Justices say vet who lost job as Texas trooper can sue state

Jun. 29, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a former state trooper to sue Texas over his claim that he was forced out of his job when he returned from Army service in Iraq. The justices ruled for Army veteran Le Roy Torres under a federal law that was enacted in 1994...

Realignment of veterans' healthcare facilities on hold

Jun. 29, 2022 08:37 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Proposed changes in veterans' healthcare facilities in South Dakota and elsewhere are on hold for now. Some U.S. senators, including South Dakota's Mike Rounds and John Thune, have agreed to dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to...

GOP's Kathy Salvi to face Sen. Tammy Duckworth in November

Jun. 29, 2022 01:14 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kathy Salvi, a suburban Chicago personal injury lawyer, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Illinois on Tuesday, topping a field of seven candidates. Salvi, 63, of Mundelein, will take on first-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth in...

Some Colorado GOP hardliners fall short in primary elections

Jun. 29, 2022 00:57 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Voters in Colorado's Republican primaries opted Tuesday for candidates widely considered stronger challengers to Democrats' stranglehold on the state's top offices, decisively rejecting right-wing candidates for U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state. Voters...

Hofmeister, Stitt advance in Oklahoma governor’s race

Jun. 28, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and Democrat Joy Hofmeister easily won their respective primary races on Tuesday, both taking advantage of massive fundraising advantages over their opponents in a state where hot-button issues like abortion, firearms and the death penalty are...

Veterans groups rip outhouse plans for North Dakota cemetery

Jun. 28, 2022 14:18 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A coalition of veterans organizations is upset over plans to build an outhouse on the grounds of a national cemetery that borders North Dakota and Minnesota. The group said Tuesday it plans to file a formal complaint with the Department of Veterans Affairs over...

Manchin: Commission on veterans facilities to be dismantled

Jun. 27, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of U.S. senators has agreed to effectively dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out closures, downsizing and other significant medical facility changes nationwide, Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday. The West...

Expanded care in works for vets exposed to toxic substances

Jun. 26, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a proposal backed by Maine's senators to provide more care for military veterans who were exposed to toxic substances. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King were among the supporters of the proposal, which is...

Rausch to continue leading Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Jun. 24, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he will appoint David Rausch to serve a second term as director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Rausch, a U.S. Army veteran, has been TBI director since 2018. Rausch has served in law enforcement for more than three...

Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board appoints new director

Jun. 23, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board announced Thursday that it has appointed Mark Smith as new executive director. Smith had served as the agency’s interim executive director since May, when he replaced Stacey Pickering. Pickering, a former...