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Sen. Hagerty calls for urgent approach to bridge shutdown

May. 15, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. Senator from Tennessee is calling on President Joe Biden to take an “urgent, all-hands” approach to the shutdown of a bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas. Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty said Saturday in a letter to the president...

Vermont speeds up reopening, NH Fisher Cats update mask rule

May. 15, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

Coronavirus developments across New England: CONNECTICUT Yale University is requiring its faculty and staff to get coronavirus vaccinations before the fall term, extending a requirement already imposed for students. The private...

Navajos say new Arizona restrictions will complicate voting

May. 15, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Republicans say the voter restrictions they're pushing after President Joe Biden's win in the state last year are designed to strengthen the integrity of future elections. To some, the changes will make voting more difficult than it...

Chileans choose assembly to draft a new constitution

May. 15, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The face of a new Chile began taking shape this weekend as the South American country was electing 155 people to draft a constitution to replace one that has governed it since being imposed during a military dictatorship. Nearly 80% of voters in a...

Rep. Golden takes a break for birth of daughter

May. 15, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden took a break from Washington this week but he had a good reason. He became a father. Golden posted a photo Saturday of himself, his wife Izzy and their newborn baby, Rosemary Calderwood Golden. ...

Progressive bills stall in Nevada; activists disappointed

May. 15, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Downcast Democratic Party-aligned groups and activists rebuked leaders from their own party Friday after proposals they championed to repeal the death penalty and expand tenant protections failed to make it past a key legislative deadline. Bills...

Fulton judge to hear lawsuit over Augusta-area court split

May. 15, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging a plan to create a new judicial circuit covering Columbia County will be heard by a retired Fulton County judge. The Augusta Chronicle reports Senior Judge Gail S. Tusan was appointed to preside over the...

Don't Fall Back: Alabama seeks permanent daylight saving

May. 15, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is joining the states seeking to permanently switch to daylight saving time if the U.S. Congress ever authorizes it. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's office announced Thursday she signed the bill. The legislation was approved by state lawmakers...

Ex-Florida House speaker Ralph Turlington dies at 100

May. 15, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida House speaker and education commissioner Ralph Turlington, who pushed through the state lottery, corporate income tax and open records law, has died at 100, his family said. Turlington represented Alachua County in the House from...

Pennsylvania's spring primary: ballot issues, judicial races

May. 15, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Beyond a slew of local races on ballots, Pennsylvania's primary election on Tuesday will determine the future of a governor's authority during disaster declarations and a Republican nominee aiming to keep a state Supreme Court seat in GOP hands. ...