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Michigan lawmaker criticized for comparing abortion, slavery

Nov. 12, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Democrats for likening abortion to slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion to occur "at all" is the "scourge of our country now today." "In...

Louisiana elections chief draws questions about Trump rally

Nov. 12, 2019 4:39 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana secretary of state's appearance at President Donald Trump's rally is raising questions about whether he's run afoul of state law barring the chief elections official from most political activity. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin appeared last week at Trump's Monroe rally...

Senate committee passes bill on teaching human trafficking

Nov. 12, 2019 4:37 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under a bill approved by a Senate committee. The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the bill on Tuesday. The curriculum would be part of public schools' health...

Bill would let Florida schools keep, administer naloxone

Nov. 12, 2019 4:24 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida bill would allow schools to be able to keep and administer naloxone to treat students who overdose on opioids. The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the bill on Tuesday. Naloxone is an opioid-blocking drug used to reverse the effects of an overdose. Democratic...

Group criticizes delayed release of A-to-F grade for schools

Nov. 12, 2019 3:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A conservative education group on Tuesday criticized the Michigan Department of Education for not publishing A-to-F grades for public schools as required under a new state law, saying a six- to seven-month delay is unacceptable. The law that was enacted last December gave the agency a...

Assembly OKs autocycle definition, registration fees

Nov. 12, 2019 3:16 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has signed off on a bill that would define autocycles in state law and establish registration fees for the vehicles. Autocycles are three-wheeled vehicles that can seat one or two people. The Republican-authored bill would define an autocycle as a vehicle with three...

Florida considers changes in drug sentencing laws

Nov. 12, 2019 1:36 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Offenders caught with small amounts of most drugs could be sent to jail but not prison under a bill approved by a Florida Senate committee. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday. It would also give judges more leeway in sentencing drug...

Meet one of the state's more than 10,000 'super commuters'

Nov. 12, 2019 12:45 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Six days a week, Ricarte Burgos wakes up at 3:30 a.m. to drive halfway across Massachusetts to get to work. Fortunately, the 40-year-old Springfield resident narrowly avoids the morning traffic jam along the Massachusetts Turnpike at that hour. But the journey carries with it...

Despite ban, high-capacity magazines still sold in Colorado

Nov. 12, 2019 12:38 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A state law banning the sale and transfer of large-capacity gun magazines has not stopped the sale and transfer of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition. An undercover investigation by 9Wants to Know found examples of gun stores in Colorado either ignoring the law altogether...

Municipalities sue over new public employee contracts law

Nov. 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sixteen Rhode Island municipalities announced Tuesday they're suing the governor and legislative leaders over a new law that automatically extends expired municipal worker and teacher contracts. The municipalities said they're suing the Democratic governor, House speaker and Senate...