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State GOP chair resigns after complaint by female candidate

Jun. 25, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party chairman is stepping down following a published report that he had traded sexually charged text messages with a Philadelphia City Council candidate and also sent her an explicit photo of himself. Val DiGiorgio's resignation was announced Tuesday by the...

Lawyers pause plan to divide any national opioid settlement

Jun. 25, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — State and local governments suing over the toll of a nationwide opioid crisis agree that companies in the drug industry should be held accountable, but they have differences on who should have the power to strike any settlement, and how it should work. Those disputes had been mostly in the...

Virginia Beach considers independent shooting investigation

Jun. 25, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The city of Virginia Beach may soon commission an independent investigation into the mass shooting that claimed 12 lives last month, but the findings might not come out quickly enough for some victims' families and state lawmakers. James Wood, a City Council member and Virginia Beach's...

Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns

Jun. 25, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday. Heavier than normal snow melt in the late winter and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding that...

3 charged for disrupting North Carolina city council meeting

Jun. 25, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say three people have been charged after they disrupted a city council meeting which included a discussion on a noise ordinance and its potential impact on pro-life and abortion rights protests. Local news sources report the Charlotte City Council was meeting...

The Latest: Lawyers pause plan to divide opioid settlement

Jun. 25, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on a plan to divide money among local governments in the case of a settlement of lawsuits over the toll of opioids (all times local): 1 p.m. Differences between state and local governments on how to handle any future settlement with the drug industry over the toll of opioids...

City council candidate charged with DUI after car crash

Jun. 25, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a city council candidate was driving under the influence when he crashed his car in Washington state last month. The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday that Al Merkel has pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge. Merkel is running for a seat on the Spokane Valley City...

Albuquerque again asks for app use to spot banned fireworks

Jun. 25, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest city is again asking residents to use an app to report illegal fireworks on July 4th instead of calling 911. For the second year in a row, Albuquerque officials are directing residents to the "OneABQ" app so authorities can streamline complaints, KOB-TV reports...

Atlanta Mayor unveils affordable housing plan

Jun. 25, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has unveiled an ambitious affordable housing plan that aims to counter rising costs and the displacement of longtime residents. The 43-page plan released Monday lays out a number of citywide policy proposals including zoning changes, developer incentives,...

Alderman files suit against mayor and Mississippi city

Jun. 25, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — An alderman is suing a Mississippi city and its mayor, claiming the mayor assaulted and harassed him. The Mississippi Press reports that the city of Moss Point and Mayor Mario King received a summons last week indicating Alderman Ennit Morris had filed the lawsuit. The suit claims...