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Allegations of police bias in Kansas yield few sanctions

Oct. 23, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement agencies have received hundreds of complaints of bias over the past 10 years, but records available to the public show only two alleging racial bias resulted in consequences for officers, an Associated Press examination of the data shows. ...

SC attorney Alex Murdaugh denied bond on $3M theft charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge denied bond Tuesday for a prominent South Carolina attorney who has become embroiled in two multimillion-dollar insurance fraud cases months after he found his wife and son dead in their home. The judge said Alex Murdaugh's considerable...

More than $432K going to Legal Aid of West Virginia

Oct. 19, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legal Services Corp. has awarded more than $400,000 to Legal Aid of West Virginia to help low-income residents who have legal problems. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia announced the funding, which totals...

Lawyer: Murdaugh knows he'll go to prison for stealing money

Oct. 15, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The attorney for prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, who discovered his wife and son dead at their home this summer, said Murdaugh is resigned that he will serve time in prison for stealing millions of dollars. But Murdaugh continues to...

Project could help needy Mississippi families hold onto land

Oct. 14, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A nonprofit law firm announced a new project Thursday to help low-income Mississippi families hold onto inherited land, an effort that advocates say would build wealth and preserve biological diversity by promoting better forest management. The...

Climate activists call for investigation of Bolsonaro

Oct. 12, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of climate lawyers called Tuesday for the International Criminal Court to launch an investigation into Brazil's president for possible crimes against humanity over his administration's Amazon policies. The AllRise group filed a...

UW says complaint over counselors based on outdated info

Oct. 06, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative legal group has threatened legal action against the University of Wisconsin-Madison for allegedly hiring three mental health providers to serve only students of color. UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said Wednesday that the...

Russia labels media outlet, 2 rights groups 'foreign agents'

Sep. 29, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Wednesday designated a popular independent media outlet and two rights groups “foreign agents,” a move that comes as part of a months-long crackdown on opposition supporters, independent media and human rights activists. The...

In Murdaugh family scandal, tiny South Carolina town shaken

Sep. 28, 2021 01:43 AM EDT

HAMPTON, S.C. (AP) — Ask any of the 2,600 residents in this South Carolina town whether they know Alex Murdaugh, and you’ll probably get a quick nod. Nearly everyone does in Hampton, a tiny place where every road in has just two lanes. Ask them to tell you about...

Indigenous Australian wants early pension due to short lives

Sep. 27, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Aboriginal man is taking Australia’s government to court to argue that Indigenous people should have access to their pensions earlier than other Australians because their life expectancy is years shorter. Dennis Fisher, 64, said on Monday...