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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Lee not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 5:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union of...

Court takes another look at Native American adoption law

Jan. 22, 2020 1:43 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children was getting a second look Wednesday from a federal appeals court in New Orleans. A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans...

Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he salutes former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp pushes teacher pay raise in Georgia State of the State

Jan. 16, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said raising teacher pay is one of his top goals as he gave his second annual State of the State address Thursday, a stance that could put him on a collision course with legislative leaders who want to cut income taxes. The Republican governor announced that his...

April Green, left, a public records aide, helps Joan Morgan, center, of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and Joseph Pessolano, second from right, from the borough of Staten Island, as they file their pre adoption birth certificate application, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in New York. New York became the 10th state that allows adopted adults unrestricted access to their original birth certificate without a court order. The new law effective Wednesday is a striking shift from state restrictions dating back to the 1930s that have long required adoptees in New York to seek a hard-to-get court order to access their original birth certificate. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Adoptees can access birth certificates under new NY law

Jan. 15, 2020 2:53 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has become the 10th state to allow adopted adults unrestricted access to their original birth certificates, a step that will help some people investigate their family histories. A new law effective Wednesday does away with restrictions dating back to the 1930s that required an...

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave the...

Attorney general neutral on Indian Child Welfare Act

Jan. 13, 2020 9:54 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's attorney general won't sign a brief in support of the Indian Child Welfare Act, unlike 27 other attorneys general across the country. A federal lawsuit could determine the future of the law aimed at keeping Native American families together. Several states, a...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen leaves court in Salt Lake City. He resigned from his elected position on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, months after being charged with running a human smuggling operation that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to give up their babies in the U.S. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Official quits amid charges he paid women to give up babies

Jan. 7, 2020 5:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An elected official in metro Phoenix resigned Tuesday, months after being charged with running a human smuggling operation that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to give up their babies in the U.S. The resignation of Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen came after leaders in...

New Mexico governor gives state workers paid parental leave

Dec. 31, 2019 8:08 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of employees of state agencies overseen by the governor will be eligible for paid maternity and paternity leave for the first time, under an executive order announced on Tuesday by Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Taking effect Jan. 1, the order calls for...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Paul Petersen, an Arizona elected official accused of running a multi-state adoption scheme, leaves court following an initial appearance on charges filed in the state in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

AP's Top 2019 Arizona stories lead with indicted assessor

Dec. 26, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Shocking allegations that a politician in metro Phoenix ran an international adoption scheme in three states that involved human smuggling, false visa claims and fraudulently obtained government benefits for pregnant women from the Marshall Islands ranks as the top news story of 2019 in Arizona. Maricopa County...

5 sisters officially adopted by Kentucky foster family

Dec. 20, 2019 3:14 AM EST

HAWESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky couple has officially adopted a group of five sisters who they have been fostering since 2016. Aubrey, 11, and her four sisters, ranging in age from 4 to 10, were officially adopted by Whitney and James Meserve on Tuesday, WFIE-TV reported. Aubrey told the station that...