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Wine giant fights South Carolina's quirky liquor laws

Apr. 22, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The biggest winemaker in the United States wants to open an East Coast bottling and distribution center in South Carolina, investing $400 million and hiring up to 500 people. But it isn't the taxpayer money and other typical incentives being...

Michigan board deadlocks on measure to repeal emergency law

Apr. 22, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's elections board deadlocked Thursday on certifying a veto-proof initiative that would enable the Republican-led Legislature to wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders last year. The 2-2 vote...

Talks narrow on a compromise to changes in US policing laws

Apr. 22, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a country confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

Floyd killing has prompted state reforms, but not everywhere

Apr. 22, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George Floyd's killing last year and the protests that followed led to a wave of police reforms in dozens of states, from changes in use-of-force policies to greater accountability for officers. At the same time, lawmakers in a handful of states have had success...

Oklahoma governor signs bill to crack down on protesters

Apr. 21, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday to crack down on protesters by increasing penalties for blocking roadways and granting immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters. The bill was one of 44 bills signed into law by the Republican...

Florida's governor sued over new 'anti-riot' law

Apr. 21, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A social justice group has filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others two days after the Republican signed a bill to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests. The nonprofit group Legacy Entertainment...

Bill to resist federal gun restrictions draws criticism

Apr. 21, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal to block state and local police officers and agencies from enforcing any new federal gun restrictions drew criticism at a public hearing Wednesday, with some speakers questioning the bill’s constitutionality and saying it would be confusing for law...

After Floyd, Congress ready to plunge into policing laws

Apr. 21, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a nation confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

Colorado bill would protect gender identity and expression

Apr. 21, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to anti-discrimination statutes as state lawmakers across the country are introducing bills aimed at curbing transgender rights. There are 21 states...

Lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue

Apr. 21, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, prominent Republican state senators on Wednesday put their support behind legislation in Pennsylvania to change the law to allow now-adult victims of child sexual abuse to sue the perpetrators or institutions that did not prevent it when it...