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Mississippi law will ban sale of real or fake human urine

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law will set penalties for selling, marketing or giving away real human urine or fake urine to try to produce clean results on drug tests. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed Senate Bill 2569 on Friday, and it will become law July...

Louisiana lawmakers ready for latest session starting Monday

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers return Monday to the state Capitol for their first full-length regular session since the pandemic began and with far more topics than the coronavirus on the agenda. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page...

Lawmakers seek long-term limit on governors' emergency power

Apr. 10, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates and capacity...

Iran says nuke program testing newest advanced centrifuge

Apr. 10, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it has begun mechanical tests on its newest advanced nuclear centrifuge, even as the five world powers that remain in a foundering 2015 nuclear deal with Iran attempt to bring the U.S. back into the agreement. Iran's IR-9...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 10, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Bill banning landfills near state parks advances to Senate

Apr. 10, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The construction of new landfills near state parks would be prohibited under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House. The bill approved Friday would create a two-mile buffer zone around parks in which landfills couldn’t be located. It was driven...

University system seeking input in implementing campus carry

Apr. 10, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — In an era marred by gun violence, the Montana University System is looking to neighboring states and public input as it prepares to allow concealed carry of firearms on campus. The new firearm carry law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte on...

Cook clerk touts bill's transparency, but critics disagree

Apr. 10, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Iris Martinez has walked back a campaign pledge to give the public more access to records from her office under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The clerk is the official record keeper for the Circuit Court and is...

Nevada Democrats’ priorities emerge on bill deadline day

Apr. 09, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers sped through hundreds of proposals on Friday to meet another major deadline of the 2021 legislative session, which required most bills to pass out of their first committee before Saturday to remain up for consideration. ...

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

Apr. 09, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the state's Democratic governor. ...