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Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves delivers a televised address prior to signing a bill retiring the last state flag in the United States with the Confederate battle emblem, at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)

Mississippi governor vetoes criminal justice bills

Jul. 9, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed two criminal justice bills, one of which would have given thousands of offenders the chance at parole from the crowded prison system. “I know that I’ll get attacked and protested for this,” Republican Reeves wrote in a...

Navajo Nation president vetoes items from federal virus aid

Jul. 9, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The president of the Navajo Nation used line-item vetoes on two bills distributing funds from a federal coronavirus relief package. The Navajo Nation Council passed two bills calling for the use of $93.1 million and $42 million from the $600 million the tribe received from the federal...

Riot police officers try to avoid patrol bombs thrown by protesters outside the Greek Parliament during a protest against new protest law in Athens, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Violence has broken out in Athens during a mass demonstration against plans to curb public protests. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Violence erupts at rally in Greece against new protest law

Jul. 9, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Violence broke out in Athens late Thursday during a mass demonstration against a new law to curb public protests, leaving six police officers injured. A group of protesters hurled gasoline bombs at riot police outside parliament, while police responded with tear gas and flash...

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, left, listens as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pentagon: US will respond if Russia bounty reports are true

Jul. 9, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that reports of Russia offering Taliban militants bounties for killing Americans were not corroborated by defense intelligence agencies, but said they are looking into it and the U.S. will respond if necessary. Defense Secretary Mark Esper...

Driver cited in protest incident; town traffic sign changed

Jul. 9, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at developments in Massachusetts related to the national reckoning with racism and police brutality: ___ DRIVER CITED IN PROTEST INCIDENT Police in the Boston suburb of Newton have cited a man for driving his pickup truck through a group of young Black Lives Matter demonstrators. The...

Gov. Tate Reeves stresses the need for personal responsibility in wearing face masks during his opening statement at a coronavirus news briefing, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov vetoes part of education bill over pay plan

Jul. 9, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed most of the state education budget for the new fiscal year because it would have changed a bonus pay plan for some teachers. Republican Reeves announced that and other vetoes late Wednesday. The education budget, House Bill 1700, would have...

Whitmer vetoes bills to further delay taxes during pandemic

Jul. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday vetoed bills that would have further delayed tax payments amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing harm to local budgets across Michigan and saying one measure related to property taxes was “blatantly" unconstitutional. The legislation had won...

Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County applauds visitors in the gallery after the House failed to override three bills vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C.  (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Several veto override attempts at N.C. legislature fail

Jul. 8, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled General Assembly again fell short Wednesday in overriding several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes. The unsuccessful votes for the GOP mean directives within the governor's COVID-19 executive orders that keep many businesses closed remain intact. Four...

Hawaii Legislature passes bill to name suspended police

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Legislature passed a police reform bill that would reveal the identities of police officers who have been suspended or discharged. The bill passed Monday would subject police to the same disclosure rules used for other public agency employees, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

Native American groups urge change for Utah school team

Jul. 8, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — A Native American group asked a Utah school district to stop using the name “Braves” for a high school team. James Courage Singer of the Utah League of Native American Voters urged the Davis School District to stop using the name and mascot at Bountiful High School in...