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Feds investigating treatment of mentally ill in Louisville

May. 24, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into how Kentucky cares for mentally ill adults in the Louisville area. The probe will look into potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Investigators are looking at whether the state...

DOJ: Vancouver police to improve services for deaf people

May. 24, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The police department in Vancouver, Washington, has agreed to improve services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing as part of a settlement reached Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department. Federal authorities became involved after receiving a complaint from a...

U.S. civil rights enforcers warn employers against biased AI

May. 12, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws. ...

McConnell, Utah leaders honor 'larger than life' Orrin Hatch

May. 06, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute to the late Sen. Orrin Hatch on Friday, celebrating the Utah icon as a principled conservative, committed public servant and man of faith. Two weeks after Hatch died at age 88 from complications stemming from...

New Mexico resolves 1987 lawsuit by developmentally disabled

Apr. 28, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legal battle aimed at providing adequate services to people with developmental disabilities in New Mexico has come to a close after more than three decades. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that a final U.S. District Court order...

Report: Tennessee youth facility run like a 'dangerous jail'

Apr. 27, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report by watchdog groups says the state is running a secured juvenile justice facility in Tennessee like it's a “dangerous jail," in violation of state and federal laws. The report, released Wednesday by Disability Rights Tennessee and the Youth Law...

Singapore court dismisses final appeal of disabled Malaysian

Apr. 26, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Singapore Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed a last-minute legal challenge filed by the mother of a mentally disabled Malaysian man in an attempt to halt his execution for drug trafficking. The dismissal of the motion clears the way for the execution of...

41 Kentucky parks to receive $4.2M for improvements

Apr. 25, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Forty-one parks across Kentucky will receive $4.2 million in federal funding to make upgrades and improve accessibility, officials said. The funding will go toward a wide variety of improvements, including new playground equipment, walking and biking paths,...

Georgia city official arrested for murder in 2018 death

Apr. 20, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

CECIL, Ga. (AP) — A city council member in a tiny south Georgia town has been indicted for murder in the death of a man who officials say she was supposed to be caring for. The Valdosta Daily Times reports that Constance Davis, 68, was jailed Tuesday after being indicted earlier...

School district to pay $145K to settle masking lawsuit

Apr. 19, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has agreed to pay $145,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by parents who objected to the district's decision to drop mask requirements this year during the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement was reached Monday after hours of...