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Idaho governor signs onto major abortion-rights challenge

Jul. 29, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday signed onto an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the court’s landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. He joined Republican governors from 11 other states in...

NJ law provides for in-home nurse visits for moms, newborns

Jul. 29, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey mothers and their newborns can get in-home visits by a nurse under a new law signed on Thursday. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy called the bill, which passed the Democrat-led Legislature in June, the most “robust universal home visitation...

Constitution bars Alaska attorney general case, judge says

Jul. 29, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A lawsuit by Alaska's attorney general against the Legislative Affairs Agency is really an action by the governor against the Legislature that is barred by the Alaska Constitution, a state court judge ruled Thursday. Superior Court Judge Herman...

New Hampshire law changes help wild critters, cats, canines

Jul. 28, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Going well beyond the dog days of summer, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed three bills Wednesday aimed at protecting not just canines but cats and wild critters as well. Animal equity was the theme for two of the new laws: One will require...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 28, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 28, 2021. Editorial: A rare and healthy dose of outrage from ethics watchdogs From its earliest days in 1974, the Florida Commission on Ethics has been criticized as too lax in punishing politicians and candidates for...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 28, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

Brunswick News. July 22, 2021. Editorial: Opponents to state’s voting legislation are misguided U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., thinks politicians in Washington know better than the states how to safeguard their elections. In fact, the chairwoman...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jul. 28, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 27 The Wall Street Journal on proposals for a Civilian Climate Corps: As the U.S. recovers from a pandemic, with workers in services and manufacturing in short...

Michigan city bans chickens, coyotes and even tigers as pets

Jul. 28, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — When chickens come home to roost, they better make sure it’s not in Marysville. City leaders in the community about 65 miles (104 kilometers) northeast of Detroit have enacted a new law banning chickens, pheasants, badgers, kangaroos, coyotes...

Report: Hate crime laws lack uniformity across the US

Jul. 28, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections. The report, first...

State lawmakers work to strip old 'whites only' covenants

Jul. 28, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fred Ware and his son were researching the history of the home he's owned in the Hartford suburbs since 1950 when they discovered something far uglier than they expected. Tucked in a list of rules on the home's original deed from the developer...