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The Latest: Navajo Nation issues weekend stay-at-home order

Apr. 09, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has issued a stay-at-home order for the weekend after reporting 26 more confirmed COVID-19 cases. The latest figures bring the total number of cases on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and...

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

Apr. 09, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the state's Democratic governor. ...

Arizona governor signs bill banning private election grants

Apr. 09, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed legislation banning the use of private funding for elections but said the money the state received last year from organizations with funding from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s foundation was helpful and used with "integrity.”...

Arizona businesses won't have to enforce mask mandates

Apr. 09, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona businesses will be free to ignore mask mandates meant to contain the spread of diseases like COVID-19 under legislation signed Friday by Gov. Doug Ducey. The bill's advocates said business owners should be allowed to decide for themselves whether...

Maryland governor vetoes 3 police reform bills

Apr. 09, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that he has vetoed three police reform measures approved by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, all measures passed with enough votes to override the vetoes. The Republican governor vetoed...

Idaho governor given petition to veto voter initiative bill

Apr. 09, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho Supreme Court justice has delivered a petition to the governor's office with more than 16,000 signatures that urges him to veto a bill that would make it more difficult to put voter initiatives on the ballot. The bill has already been...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 09, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Beshear signs bill aimed at rejuvenating western Louisville

Apr. 09, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear signed legislation Friday creating a financing plan to stimulate economic growth in western Louisville, calling it a good start to overcoming "decades of neglect.” Rural and urban lawmakers banded together to pass the measure...

Florida Senate committee advances 'anti-riot' measure

Apr. 09, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would increase penalties against violent protestors narrowly cleared a Florida Senate committee on Friday — after hours of passionate debate with deep racial overtones — and is another step closer to reaching the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis. ...

West Virginia governor signs 4 bills into law

Apr. 09, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed into law several bills on Friday, such as reducing taxes on arms and ammo manufacturing and establishing a new intermediate state court. At a bill signing ceremony, he also signed a bill that...