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N.C. court: Death-row inmates can use repealed bias law

Jun. 5, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Most death row inmates in North Carolina can again use a law addressing racial discrimination to seek life sentences instead, even though the law was amended and later repealed, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The majority of justices agreed in a pair of cases that most of the...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, State Sen. Diane Sands, left, and artist Hadley Ferguson of Missoula stand in front of a mural honoring Montana women as community builders at its unveiling at the state Capitol in Helena, Mont. Members of the Montana Democratic Party met remotely on Friday, June 5, 2020, to vote on the party's platform, including the addition of a statement in reaction by the death of George Floyd opposing the use of force by law enforcement during arrests. Sen. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, who led a Zoom meeting on the party's crime and justice platform, voiced support for the amendment.

Montana Democrats hold remote convention to decide platform

Jun. 5, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Members of the Montana Democratic Party met remotely on Friday to vote on the party’s platform, including the addition of a statement in reaction by the death of George Floyd opposing the use of force by law enforcement during arrests. James Reavis, a public defender from...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. DeVos is pushing ahead with a policy that will steer tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief to private primary schools and secondary schools across the nation.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

States sue to block DeVos' campus sexual assault overhaul

Jun. 4, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

Democratic attorneys general in more than a dozen states filed a federal lawsuit Thursday attempting to block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' new policy guiding schools and colleges in the handling of sexual assault cases. The lawsuit alleges that DeVos' policy undercuts existing mandates in Title IX, the 1972...

Kansas City mayor pardons man who recorded police arrest

Jun. 4, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas on Thursday pardoned a man who had been convicted of a misdemeanor after recording a violent arrest by police officers who told him to stop recording and leave. Lucas said he signed the pardon for Roderick Reed, 52, so city residents know they have...

Police: Trans man fatally shot by officer after pointing gun

Jun. 1, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A transgender black man was fatally shot by an officer in Florida after fatally stabbing another man and pointing a gun at the officer, authorities said. Tony McDade, 38, was shot and killed by a Tallahassee police officer Wednesday after McDade fatally stabbed his next-door...

Tennessee group's billboard campaign hits hot topics

Jun. 1, 2020 3:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sexual and reproductive health advocacy group is launching a billboard and digital ad campaign intended to show how COVID-19 has exposed inequality, according to a news release. A billboard image released to media by Healthy & Free Tennessee reads, “End mass...

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell stands by a campaign sign, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Westfield, Ind. Mitchell is a candidate for Indiana's 5th Congressional District. More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year after the 2018 election further diminished their limited ranks in Congress. But so far it appears that any gains this November could be modest.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

More GOP women seeking office, but winning still in question

May. 31, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election. But any gains in November could be modest. Many of these roughly 200 candidates are running in...

2019 NYSAPA news and broadcast contest winners announced

May. 28, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York State Associated Press Association on Thursday announced the winners of its awards contest for stories broadcast, printed or posted online in 2019. Thirty-three newspapers submitted 715 entries and 46 television and radio stations submitted 578 entries in the contest. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.  (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others' rights

May. 28, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal...

This undated photo provided by Idaho State University shows, from left, Mary Marshall, 20, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, Colo., two female track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports. It's the first such law in the nation. Attorneys for the two athletes filed a request Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to side with Idaho in fighting the lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice filed the lawsuit in April. (Eric Gordon/Idaho State University via AP)

Idaho Republican joins transgender sports lawsuit fight

May. 28, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican Party Chairman Raul Labrador has signed on to represent two college track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. The lawyer who served four terms in Congress...