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Judge bars board members from voting on wind farm

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

KILGORE, Neb. (AP) — A judge has temporarily barred two Cherry County commissioners from voting on a permit for a 19-turbine wind farm west of Kilgore. A landowner and the group Preserve the Sandhills have filed a lawsuit, contending that Commissioners Tanya Storer and Martin DeNaeyer have conflicts of...

Austria: Ukrainian businessman's US extradition on hold

Jul. 16, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's justice minister has approved the extradition to the U.S. of Ukrainian businessman Dymitro Firtash, but he can stay in Austria while a court considers a defense motion to reopen the case, authorities said Tuesday. Last month, Austria's Supreme Court of Justice ruled that Firtash...

Prosecutors: DOT commissioner told witness to destroy emails

Jul. 15, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former South Carolina transportation commissioner told a government witness who had made payments to him to destroy emails before the FBI could find them, according to a sentencing memo filed Monday in federal court. The court filing detailed the accusation and...

Man connected to ex-St. Louis County leader to plead guilty

Jul. 15, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A businessman accused of bribery as part of former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's pay-to-play scheme is set to plead guilty. The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis announced the guilty plea hearing Tuesday for John Rallo. Rallo's attorney, John Rogers, confirmed Rallo will...

Ex-lobbyist in Arkansas corruption case seeks freedom

Jul. 13, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas lawmakers in a political corruption case in Arkansas and Missouri is asking to be released from custody pending his formal sentencing. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that request to release 58-year-old...

Prosecutors seek delay of Michigan lawmaker's bribery trial

Jul. 13, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to push back the trial of a northern Michigan lawmaker who is charged with scheming to trade votes for campaign money. Prosecutors say in a court filing that the case against Traverse City-area Republican Rep. Larry Inman is unusual and needs more...

Ex-US Rep. Fattah loses bid to cut 10-year prison term

Jul. 12, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A longtime Pennsylvania congressman lost his bid to have his 10-year prison term reduced after four bribery and money laundering counts were thrown out on appeal. Philadelphia Democrat Chaka Fattah Sr. is two-and-a-half years into a prison term handed down for misusing more than...

Superintendent's lawyer is next state GOP executive director

Jul. 12, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An attorney for the North Carolina schools chief is the state Republican Party's next executive director. Party Chairman Michael Whatley announced on Friday that Jonathan Sink will begin work July 22. Sink succeeds Dallas Woodhouse, who announced in the spring he was leaving after...

Ex-South Texas district judge convicted of accepting bribes

Jul. 12, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former state district judge in South Texas faces up to 70 years in federal prison after being convicted of accepting bribes for favorable rulings while on the bench. Rodolfo Delgado of Edinburg was convicted Thursday of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, federal program bribery and...

Dayton fires official who faces federal bribery charges

Jul. 12, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A Dayton city administrator who faces federal charges including bribery has been fired. The Dayton Daily News reports that the city cited reasons including conduct unbecoming of an employee and neglect of duty in terminating RoShawn Winburn. The 45-year-old man had served as director of...