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Court overturns law named after woman hurt by DUI driver

Oct. 18, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A law named after a Whatcom County woman injured by a drunken driver in 2007 was overturned by the Washington State Supreme Court. The Bellingham Herald reports Hailey's Law was overturned Thursday. It was signed into law by then-Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2011, and required law...

Bill to let counselors keep diagnosing is sent to Whitmer

Oct. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers voted Thursday to update Michigan's law so that 10,000 counselors can continue diagnosing mental disorders and using psychotherapy techniques amid concerns over regulators' plan to revise licensing rules governing the profession. Licensed professional counselors packed the...

Appeals court to hear judge appointment law case arguments

Oct. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals has decided to hear arguments in a case in which Democratic lawmakers and lawyers sued Gov. Kim Reynolds to challenge a new law that gives the governor more power over the selection of supreme court and appeals court judges. Chief Judge Thomas Bower said in...

Residents to vote on new state law on vaccine exemptions

Oct. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents will decide the fate of a new state law that eliminates religious and philosophical exemption for childhood vaccines in the state. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Thursday that voters will take to the ballot box on the issue in March 2020. The announcement...

Australia promises more money for overwhelmed spy agency

Oct. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government minister on Thursday promised an unprecedented funding increase for Australia's main spy agency, which is struggling to meet demands posed by the nation's new foreign interference laws, espionage and terrorism. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton promises more money...

Missouri dog breeder sued over conditions at kennels

Oct. 16, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state is suing a southwest Missouri dog breeder over what officials call continued substandard conditions at the business. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Wednesday he filed a lawsuit that accuses Puppy Love Kennel and its owner, Cory Mincey, of violating the...

Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear veto challenge

Oct. 16, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a case brought by a conservative law firm seeking to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of legislators through partial budget vetoes. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty brought the case in...

Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by...

New York governor signs law aimed at foiling Trump pardons

Oct. 16, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Wednesday clearing away legal hurdles that could have prevented state prosecutions of people pardoned by President Donald Trump for federal crimes. Supporters of the new law, including newly empowered Democrats elected last year, said New York's...

High court weighs state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 16, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether states can prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in Kansas' appeal of a state court ruling that threw out three convictions after concluding the state was seeking to...