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Illinois man to be sentenced for threatening Arizona senator

Aug. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator is expected to be sentenced Monday in Phoenix. The guilty plea previously entered by 58-year-old James Dean Blevins calls for him to serve probation for threatening an...

Virginia school board will keep defending transgender policy

Aug. 19, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — A school board in Virginia says it will keep fighting in court to defend its transgender bathroom ban. The Gloucester County School Board said Friday it intends to appeal a recent federal court decision that sided with former student Gavin Grimm. The announcement follows a ruling by...

US attorney in Philadelphia asks judge to block drug program

Aug. 19, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Photos of young people lost to the opioid crisis are perched outside the federal courthouse as a judge Monday decides if Philadelphia can become the first U.S. city to open a supervised injection site. U.S. Attorney WIlliam McSwain opposes the plan. The appointee of President Trump says...

General accused of war abuses named Sri Lanka's army chief

Aug. 19, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president on Monday appointed a general accused of grave human rights abuses in the final stages of its long civil war as the country's new army chief, a move a top United Nations human rights official said is likely to impact contributions to U.N peacekeeping...

Editorials from around Ohio

Aug. 19, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Statewide bail reform needs the imprimatur of the Ohio Supreme Court Cleveland Plain Dealer Aug. 18 The seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court have yet to act on nine powerful bail-reform recommendations from a high-level task force the...

Federal jury sides with FBI in wrongful termination case

Aug. 19, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A federal jury in Mississippi has ruled against an FBI agent who sued the agency for wrongful termination as a result of reporting racial discrimination. Citing a U.S. Attorney's Office statement, WDAM-TV reports the Hattiesburg jury on Friday ruled that former agent Warren...

Ethics, open meetings training offered this month in W.Va.

Aug. 19, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

MARLINTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Ethics Commission is offering training this month on the Ethics Act and the Open Meetings Act. The presentation will be Aug. 27 at the Pocahontas County Courthouse in Marlinton. County and city officials and employees in the surrounding area, members of county and...

Analysis: Republicans line up to support immigration arrests

Aug. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

Many Mississippi Republican officials see the immigration raids on seven chicken processing plants earlier this month not only as good policy, but as good politics. The raids were maybe most a gift to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who lucked into a Twitter clash with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, currently a huge...

Senate panel to discuss reducing number of USC trustees

Aug. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of state senators is meeting this week to discuss a bill that would cut the number of trustees overseeing the University of South Carolina by nearly half to 11. The bill was introduced in April and will likely get even more attention after trustees were nearly split on hiring...

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...