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Stitt taps Tulsa man for AG despite 'not qualified' rating

Jul. 23, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa attorney whom the American Bar Association rated as “ not qualified " to serve as a federal judge was tapped Friday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to serve as the state's next attorney general. After a two-month search that began in May...

Mississippi argues Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade

Jul. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court should overturn its landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide and let states decide whether to regulate abortion before a fetus can survive outside the womb, the office of Mississippi's Republican attorney general argued in papers...

UN rights body names panel to probe Israel, Palestinians

Jul. 22, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s former top human rights official will be part of a new permanent panel investigating abuses in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, the U.N. Human Rights Council said Thursday. The chairperson of the 47-member Human Rights Council appointed Navi...

New prosecutor appointed in shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Jul. 21, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's attorney general announced Wednesday that he has appointed the head of a prosecutors' group to oversee the criminal case against the police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks. Peter Skandalakis, executive director of the Prosecuting...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Jul. 21, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. July 20, 2021. Editorial: Want to debate? Study first During our editorial board’s meeting this week we spent some time talking about the current debate over critical race theory. It’s a subject that we were hesitant...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jul. 21, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

Bowling Green Daily News. July 16, 2021. Editorial: Be all-in on early childhood education The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds us of one vital lesson that might seem obvious and mundane on its face, but must not be taken for granted: “All of...

Kemp taps former Cobb candidate to Georgia utility regulator

Jul. 21, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is naming businessman Fitz Johnson to fill a vacancy on the state Public Service Commission. Kemp on Wednesday announced he would tap Johnson, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the Cobb County Commission last year, to fill a...

DA's felony trial over parking lot video set for September

Jul. 21, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia district attorney is scheduled for trial in September on felony charges related to a campaign video he recorded in a government building parking lot. Mark Jones, the district attorney in the six-county Chattahoochee circuit, is charged...

Watchdog: Little help from Trump officials in census probe

Jul. 20, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

A watchdog agency investigating the origins of a failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form was unable to question top Trump administration officials because they either refused to cooperate or set unacceptable interview terms, according to a report released Tuesday....

Georgia governor appoints Bibb County judge to Supreme Court

Jul. 20, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Bibb County judge was appointed Tuesday to the Georgia Supreme Court by Gov. Brian Kemp. Judge Verda M. Colvin has previously been appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals by Kemp and is the first African American woman to be named to either court by a...