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Texas death row inmates sue over solitary confinement

Jan. 26, 2023 18:41 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A group of death row inmates filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Texas prison system over its policy of mandatory and indefinite solitary confinement for all prisoners who are awaiting execution, saying it causes severe physical and psychological harm. The...

US sweetens pot to study siting for spent nuke fuel storage

Jan. 26, 2023 17:04 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government has long struggled to find a permanent solution for storing or disposing of spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants, and opposition to such a site is flaring up again as New Mexico lawmakers debate banning a facility without state...

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 26, 2023 01:39 AM EST

The Advocate. January 24, 2023. Editorial: A big-dollar tax exemption raises question for governor candidates A sentence of praise for the local officials involved is pretty standard in these things, but it’s worth noting one line from Jonathan Morgan, a manager at...

Uvalde families press urgency after California shootings

Jan. 24, 2023 20:16 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Families from Uvalde on Tuesday pleaded with new urgency for tougher gun laws in the wake of a series of mass shootings in California, including the nation's deadliest act of gun violence since last year's attack at a Texas elementary school. “People are...

New Mexico AG seeks to codify abortion rights, nullify bans

Jan. 23, 2023 20:39 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top prosecutor on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to nullify abortion ordinances that local elected officials have passed in conservative reaches of the Democratic-led state. Attorney General Raúl Torrez urged the court to intervene...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jan. 23, 2023 07:33 AM EST

Austin American-Statesman. January 18, 2023. Editorial: Legislators should use $33 billion surplus to meet state needs Property tax cuts helpful to many, but state has other needs, too As public policy dilemmas go, it’s not a bad one to have. ...

Harris rallies against GOP push to roll back abortion rights

Jan. 22, 2023 16:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris railed against efforts in Washington and in Republican-led states to restrict abortion on what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, invoking fundamental American values such as freedom to make the case for protecting abortion access...

March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralded the political struggle set loose by the court's decision. President Joe Biden pledged to do all in his limited...

US divided over Roe's repeal as abortion foes gird for march

Jan. 18, 2023 12:52 PM EST

Anti-abortion activists will have multiple reasons to celebrate — and some reasons for unease — when they gather Friday in Washington for the annual March for Life. The march, which includes a rally drawing abortion opponents from across the nation, has been held annually since...