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Pence opens presidential bid with denunciation of Trump over Jan. 6 insurrection and abortion

Jun. 07, 2023 14:31 PM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence opened his bid for the Republican nomination for president Wednesday with a firm denunciation of former President Donald Trump, accusing his two-time running mate of abandoning conservative principles and being guilty of dereliction of duty on...

Small plane had mechanical problems before Arkansas crash that killed Mississippi ex-senator

Jun. 05, 2023 16:27 PM EDT

WINSLOW, Ark. (AP) — A small plane had mechanical problems with its autopilot system before it crashed in Arkansas last month and killed a former Mississippi state senator who was flying it, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board. Johnny...

What to know about the case of the missing Missouri ER doctor found dead in Arkansas

Jun. 03, 2023 00:54 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A doctor in the Missouri Ozarks went missing for over a week until his body was found in an Arkansas lake. But the case remains shrouded in mystery as investigators have released few details to his family or the public. WHAT’S KNOWN SO FAR ...

Arkansas Supreme Court won't lift order blocking education overhaul, will move quickly on appeal

Jun. 02, 2023 18:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court declined Friday to block a judge's order preventing the state from enforcing Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' education overhaul. But they said they will move quickly to consider an appeal of the judge's decision. Justices...

Federal appeals court stays EPA's rejection of Arkansas' ozone plan

May. 25, 2023 19:49 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday halted the Environmental Protection Agency’s rejection of Arkansas' plan to comply with federal rules designed to assure that the state’s coal-fired power plants and industrial sites don’t pollute the air in other states. ...

Judges dismiss lawsuit challenging new US House map in Arkansas

May. 25, 2023 18:28 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A three-judge panel on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' 2021 U.S. House map, ruling that opponents of the new congressional boundaries had not proven race motivated the Republican-led Legislature's redistricting plan. The lawsuit tossed by...

Transgender health: Comparing model bills to real proposals

May. 23, 2023 13:56 PM EDT

Many of this year's statehouse proposals to restrict gender-affirming care for youths, as introduced or enacted, are identical or very similar to some model legislation, or ready-made bills suggested to lawmakers by interest groups, an Associated Press analysis has found. The AP...

Meet the influential new player on transgender health bills

May. 20, 2023 18:08 PM EDT

Do No Harm, a nonprofit that launched last year to oppose diversity initiatives in medicine, has evolved into a significant leader in statehouses seeking to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youths, producing model legislation that an Associated Press analysis found has been used in at...

Former Mississippi state senator Johnny Morgan dies in Arkansas plane crash

May. 18, 2023 17:41 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The pilot killed after his small plane crashed Wednesday in northwest Arkansas has been identified as former Mississippi state Sen. Johnny Morgan, authorities said. A family member confirmed Morgan, 76, of Oxford, Mississippi, was the only person aboard...

GOP state lawmakers try to restrict ballot initiatives, partly to thwart abortion protections

May. 15, 2023 00:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With other state lawmakers seated around her in the Ohio House, Democratic state Rep. Tavia Galonski got to her feet and began to loudly chant, “One person, one vote!” The former Teamster's cry spread quickly through the visitors gallery, then began to...