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In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, photo, Kentucky Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield testifies during a State and Local Government Committee meeting at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. The Kentucky Senate has approved a proposal that would add a series of crime victims' rights to the state constitution. The measure is known as Marsy's Law.

Crime victims' rights proposal clears Kentucky Senate

Feb. 25, 2020 7:23 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Advocates for adding a series of crime victims' rights to Kentucky's Constitution moved closer to returning the proposal to the statewide ballot when the measure won Senate approval Tuesday. The measure, known as Marsy's Law, is a reprise of a 2018 constitutional amendment that...

Refugee resettlement resolution advances in Tennessee

Feb. 25, 2020 3:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers once again showed their displeasure with Gov. Bill Lee's decision to keep accepting refugees by advancing a resolution Tuesday that criticized the Republican's actions as violating the separation of powers. The GOP-dominant Statehouse is currently leading a...

Recent Missouri editorials

Feb. 25, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Feb. 23 Lincoln University's police chief is right: We don't need guns on college campuses. Gary Hill, LU's police chief, testified last week to a Senate committee that allowing people to carry guns on the university's campus could lead to shootings, including in situations where...

Malawi expected to see fresh presidential election in May

Feb. 25, 2020 8:28 AM EST

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi is expected to go to the polls for a fresh presidential election on May 19 after a court overturned last year’s vote, citing widespread irregularities. Parliament on Monday set the date while amending the Electoral Act, another of the Constitutional Court’s...

UN envoy urges Somalia's leaders to work together

Feb. 24, 2020 11:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Somalia urged the country’s leaders on Monday to take “bold steps” to ensure that 2020 sets the fragile Horn of Africa country on a trajectory to peace and stability, not more political division and increasing extremism. James Swan said Somalia...

Tennessee lawmakers look to change sex offender legislation

Feb. 24, 2020 7:58 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of a Tennesseestatute that made it a felony for sex offenders to live with their own young children has promptedmoves by the GOP-dominant Statehouseto amend the 2019 law. Gov. Bill Lee had signed the bill into law to make convicted...

FILE - In this April 5, 2016 file photo, a man carries a sign before a rally opposing the Constitution Pipeline outside the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The nearly $1 billion Constitution Pipeline project that was designed to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to metropolitan New York and New England has been abandoned after years of legal regulatory challenges made it economically unfeasible, according to a statement Monday from a spokeswoman for project partner Duke Energy said Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Costs, delays scuttle 124-mile Constitution Pipeline project

Feb. 24, 2020 2:59 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nearly $1 billion Constitution Pipeline project, which had been designed to take natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to metropolitan New York and New England, has been abandoned after years of legal regulatory challenges made it economically unfeasible, a spokeswoman...

Albanian president sues justice minister, 2 top officials

Feb. 24, 2020 10:39 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president on Monday sued the justice minister and two top officials for violating the constitution, the latest step he has taken against the left-wing Socialist Party government he accuses of violating the constitution and of links to organized crime. Ilir Meta accused the...

FILE - In this  Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, an Equal Rights Amendment supporters yell encouragement to two legislators as they walk down a hallway inside the state Capitol in Richmond, Va. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that roughly three in four Americans support the gender equality amendment, which is now back before Congress with Virginia's ratification of the measure in January. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, File)

AP-NORC poll: Most Americans support Equal Rights Amendment

Feb. 24, 2020 8:02 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LaVonne Hirashima had two children by the time she was 20 and no time to get a college degree. Instead, the single parent doubled down at work and built a stable career in information technology, and now works for a government contractor. Still, Hirashima, 48, said she lost out on...

Authorities ID man who fired at police, drove into lake

Feb. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EST

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — A man who allegedly fired at police just before he drove a carjacked vehicle into a Georgia lake and died has been identified, authorities say. The man has been identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as John James Monahan Jr., 26, of Ellabell in Bryan County, The Atlanta...