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Judge: Local health orders tied to COVID-19 are illegal

Nov. 23, 2021 16:36 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge ruled Tuesday that local health orders imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state are illegal and should be lifted. Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled that orders such as quarantines and business closures...

Hopis reelect chairman, vote out incumbent vice chairman

Nov. 12, 2021 19:32 PM EST

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. (AP) — The chairman of the Hopi Tribe in northeastern Arizona has won another term in office and will have a new vice chairman, according to unofficial results from Thursday's election. Chairman Tim Nuvangyaoma had campaigned on reforming the tribal...

El Salvador sends troops, police into streets amid killings

Nov. 11, 2021 19:18 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Combined patrols of soldiers and police fanned out across El Salvador's capital Thursday after a spate of killings left about 30 people dead in two days. El Salvador’s homicide rate had dropped sharply from the violent days of the...

Civic groups slam El Salvador's bill on outside funding

Nov. 10, 2021 18:31 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Civic groups and activists criticized Wednesday a proposal by President Nayib Bukele’s to ban foreign donations or funding for non-governmental organizations that supposedly carry out political activity in El Salvador. The groups said...

Hopi at crossroads of maintaining language for elected posts

Nov. 09, 2021 21:19 PM EST

POLACCA, Ariz. (AP) — Candidates for Hopi chairman move easily between the tribe's language and English as they make their case for votes from a high school auditorium. The audience is a mix of fluent speakers, Hopis whose language and culture were attacked at...

Power line vote challenged in court; no halt to construction

Nov. 03, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents overwhelmingly voted to halt a $1 billion electric line that is already under construction, but that doesn’t spell the end of the polarizing project in the state's western woods. Workers reported for duty constructing the power...

California debates changes to 110-year-old recall process

Oct. 28, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom fended off an attempt to remove him from office in a recall election, his fellow Democrats on Thursday began eyeing ways to make future challenges more difficult while Republicans sought to keep the status quo. The...

Analysis: Judges can't order attorney general to take cases

Oct. 24, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi attorney general can take over a case when a local prosecutor steps away, but the takeover must be voluntary and a judge cannot set deadlines for the work. In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, Mississippi Supreme Court justices said a...

Judge issues injunction blocking Wisconsin fall wolf hunt

Oct. 22, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Friday halted Wisconsin's fall wolf season two weeks before hunters were set to take to the woods, siding with wildlife advocacy groups who argued that holding the hunt would be unconstitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...