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Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...

NC governor again vetoes gun-rights bill for more churches

Jun. 18, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed gun-rights legislation on Friday that would allow parishioners at more churches to be armed, marking the second year in a row that he's blocked the idea. The legislation affirms that people going to religious...

NCAA memo: Emmert urges schools to act on NIL or he will

Jun. 18, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

NCAA President Mark Emmert told the organization's more than 1,100 member schools Friday that he will seek temporary rules as early as July to ensure all athletes can be compensated for their celebrity with a host of state laws looming and congressional efforts seemingly stalled. ...

NJ law bars landlords from asking about criminal histories

Jun. 18, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey landlords won't be able to inquire about potential renters' criminal histories under a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Fair Chance in Housing Act on what was the state's first official celebration...

US-Canada border restrictions extended until July 21

Jun. 18, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States will be extended until July 21, officials said Friday, as Canada works to get a higher percentage of Canadians fully vaccinated. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the move has been...

Evers vetoes bill increasing eligibility for voucher program

Jun. 18, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed a bill that would have opened the door to more children going to private school using a voucher paid for by taxpayers. The bill Evers vetoed would have raised the income eligibility for the voucher program to three...

Proposed bill could leave Ohio casinos without sports books

Jun. 18, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Some Ohio casinos and racinos could be left with losing tickets if the state Senate's sports betting legislation giving professional teams priority for obtaining a brick-and mortar sports book licenses is ultimately enacted. The bill was approved...

What's next as Connecticut looks ahead toward legal cannabis

Jun. 18, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

Connecticut is poised to become the 19th state to legalize adult, recreational use of cannabis, now that a long-awaited bill has cleared the General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has said he'll sign it into law. While it will be legal as of July 1 for adults 21 years and older to...

EXPLAINER: Why is Missouri fighting federal gun rules?

Jun. 18, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is clashing with the U.S. Department of Justice over a new law banning police from enforcing federal gun rules. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Justice Department officials wrote that state lawmakers went too far with the law...

Lawmakers mark Juneteenth by reviving ‘abolition amendment’

Jun. 18, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, honoring the end of the enslavement of Black people, lawmakers are reviving calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that allowed another form of slavery — forced labor for those convicted of some crimes — to thrive. ...