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March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralded the political struggle set loose by the court's decision. President Joe Biden pledged to do all in his limited...

US divided over Roe's repeal as abortion foes gird for march

Jan. 18, 2023 12:52 PM EST

Anti-abortion activists will have multiple reasons to celebrate — and some reasons for unease — when they gather Friday in Washington for the annual March for Life. The march, which includes a rally drawing abortion opponents from across the nation, has been held annually since...

North Dakota weighs ban of 'sexually explicit' library books

Jan. 17, 2023 18:49 PM EST

Books containing “sexually explicit” content — including depictions of sexual or gender identity — would be banned from North Dakota public libraries under legislation that state lawmakers began considering Tuesday. The GOP-dominated state House Judiciary Committee heard...

Burgum names new justice to North Dakota Supreme Court

Jan. 09, 2023 18:39 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a judge and veteran litigator Monday to replace Justice Gerald VandeWalle, who had been the longest-serving chief justice in state history. Judge Douglas Bahr will join the North Dakota Supreme Court on Feb. 1 after...

TikTok banned on Louisiana's Department of State devices

Dec. 19, 2022 14:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin, announced Monday that he is banning TikTok on all devices issued by the Department of State. In addition, the Republican urged Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to follow suit and immediately ban the use of the...

ND legal aid agency seeks budget increase as caseload spikes

Dec. 16, 2022 15:16 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota agency that provides lawyers for criminal defendants who cannot afford to hire their own is struggling to find staff attorneys as its case numbers climb, according to its director. Travis Finck, executive director of the state Commission on...

Georgia, NH latest states to ban TikTok from state computers

Dec. 15, 2022 19:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire on Thursday immediately banned the use of TikTok and popular messaging applications from all computer devices controlled by their state governments, saying the Chinese government may be able to access users' personal...

South Dakota lawmakers push review of program for disabled

Dec. 14, 2022 16:55 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday readied to order an outside review of a state program meant to assist families caring for those with disabilities after it faced criticism this year from the people it is meant to serve. Lawmakers on the Appropriations...

North Dakota governor bans TikTok in executive agencies

Dec. 14, 2022 14:19 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has banned the popular social media app TikTok from devices owned by the state government's executive branch, joining several other Republican governors who have done so citing the platform's Chinese ownership and growing national security...

N. Dakota annual sessions may gain traction with term limits

Dec. 13, 2022 14:02 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers for decades have consistently rebuffed attempts to hold annual regular Legislative sessions, arguing that doing so would grow government and turn lawmaking into a full-time job. But with voter-approved term limits now on the books, the idea of having...