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Wisconsin GOP's voting restrictions impact Black residents

Oct. 24, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross start their day early on a recent sunny Sunday going door to door in their neighborhood northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Leaders of the nonprofit Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the mother and daughter make their way slowly along the route wearing...

FILE- In this Jan. 27, 2014 file photo, a pedestrian is given direction to a crosswalk by a traffic agent in New York. Most crosswalks in New York City violate laws protecting the disabled by failing to properly protect blind and low-vision pedestrians, a judge ruled Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Judge rules NYC crosswalks fail to protect blind pedestrians

Oct. 20, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Most crosswalks in New York City violate laws protecting people with disabilities by failing to properly protect blind and low-vision pedestrians, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in Manhattan said the city has violated three laws protecting the disabled with...

Texas allows social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clients

Oct. 17, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials are facing backlash after deciding to allow social workers to turn away clients on the basis of their disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. At the direction of the governor's office, the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously to...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe seeks early voting site on reservation

Oct. 16, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge will hear arguments Monday over whether to order an election official in southern Arizona to open an early voting and ballot collection operation for the Nov. 3 election on a Native American reservation on the edge of Tucson that hasn’t had an early voting site since 2016. The...

California bar wins lengthy fight over disability access

Oct. 14, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California bar owner has won a seven-year legal fight against a disability rights advocate known for suing California businesses for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a newspaper reported. A three-judge panel sided with the Rio Nido Roadhouse...

Woman files ADA lawsuits across US as 'tester' of compliance

Oct. 10, 2020 8:33 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A disabled Florida woman paid a virtual visit to Maine and left a trail of lawsuits in her wake. Six to be exact. Deborah Laufer is described in the federal lawsuits as a “tester” for the purpose of asserting her civil rights and ensuring that places of public...

FILE - This May 23, 2018 file photo shows plastic drinking straws in New York. A ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds came into force in England on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020, after a six-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike, File)

England bans plastic straws after pandemic-linked delay

Oct. 1, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds took effect Thursday in England after a six-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are barred from selling or supplying the disposable items as part of efforts to cut down on pollution from single-use plastics. There...

RI Board of Elections to make building accessibility changes

Sep. 28, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Board of Elections has agreed to make changes to its new headquarters to ensure its fully accessible to people with disabilities, federal officials said Monday. U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman said a settlement agreement reached with the board will bring the facility at...

Maine CDC among first to participate in dementia help act

Sep. 27, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will be among the first public health organizations in the country to receive federal money to expand services for people with dementia under a new nationwide program. The program is called the Building Our Largest Dementia...

Kansas court hears arguments over "wrongful birth" law

Sep. 16, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court seemed worried Wednesday about the proper roles of the Legislature and courts as it wrestled with whether a state statute that prohibits lawsuits based on “wrongful birth” claims is constitutional. Justices heard oral arguments via Zoom on...