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Brittany Jones, advocacy director for the conservative Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, answers questions from reporters following the unveiling of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution on abortion, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Jones' group and other anti-abortion organizations are backing the amendment, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas abortion measure's fate may rest on when vote is set

Jan. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The fate of a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution could depend more on when it would appear on the ballot than the language being considered by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Supporters of the proposal for overturning last year's Kansas Supreme Court...

Jordanne Beach, of Urbandale, Iowa, speaks before a Senate subcommittee at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. She opposed a constitutional amendment that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

Republicans introduce Iowa abortion constitutional amendment

Jan. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican legislative leaders Thursday introduced a resolution that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution, a move in the first week of the session guaranteed to prompt a heated debate. The proposed constitutional amendment comes in a...

Kentucky Senate: Have state elections in even-numbered years

Jan. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's elections for governor and other constitutional offices would shift to even-numbered years, coinciding with presidential elections, under a proposal overwhelmingly approved Thursday by the state Senate. Attempts to do away with statewide elections in odd-numbered years...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on drafting constitutional changes at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Putin proposed a set of constitutional amendments that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

Jan. 16, 2020 3:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a working group created to draft constitutional changes, Putin cast...

An Equal Rights Amendment supporters yell encouragement to two legislators as they walk down a hallway inside the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A House committee approved a resolution Tuesday,  to ratify the state's Equal Rights Amendment, which advocates hope will become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 13-9 vote split along party lines, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposing it.(Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia moves to brink of becoming 38th state to ratify ERA

Jan. 16, 2020 11:09 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia on Wednesday moved to the brink of becoming the crucial 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in what was seen as a momentous victory for the women's rights movement even though it is far from certain the measure will ever be added to the U.S. Constitution. The state...

Father of Parkland victim calls for councilman's resignation

Jan. 16, 2020 9:05 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The father of a school shooting victim is calling for the resignation of a Virginia city council member who strapped an assault weapon to his chest during a vote to protect gun rights. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime Guttenburg was one of 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas...

An Equal Rights Amendment supporters yell encouragement to two legislators as they walk down a hallway inside the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A House committee approved a resolution Tuesday,  to ratify the state's Equal Rights Amendment, which advocates hope will become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 13-9 vote split along party lines, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposing it.(Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia House panel advances ERA for full floor vote

Jan. 15, 2020 10:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia moved a step closer to ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment on Tuesday, even as the measure's future nationally remains in doubt. A House committee approved a resolution to ratify the gender equality measure, which advocates hope will become the next amendment to the U.S....

Key Kentucky lawmaker suggests creating pardons commission

Jan. 15, 2020 5:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After a much-criticized flurry of last-minute pardons by ex-Gov. Matt Bevin, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will try to modify the pardon process. The process has drawn intense scrutiny since Bevin, a Republican, issued hundreds of pardons...

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the State Council in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko )

Putin engineers shake-up that could keep him in power longer

Jan. 15, 2020 3:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. Hours after he made the proposals, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned and Putin named the...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 15, 2020 2:13 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Jan. 12 The (Tupelo) Daily Journal on building a technical center to serve the county: By now most eligible voters have likely decided where they stand on the Lee County School District’s proposed $15 million bond issue to construct a proposed career and...