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'Aniah's Law' denying bail in more cases heads to voters

Apr. 18, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have approved a proposal intended to give judges more discretion to deny bail to people accused of violent crimes that is named in honor of a college student killed in 2019. Legislators last week approved the proposed...

Environmentalists cheer new Illinois safeguards on coal ash

Apr. 18, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Environmentalists are cheering rules that Illinois regulators have adopted to govern toxic byproducts from burning coal. The Illinois Pollution Control Board last week approved guidelines for detecting and cleaning up harmful coal ash...

Faith leaders across US join in decrying voting restrictions

Apr. 18, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

In Georgia, faith leaders are asking corporate executives to condemn laws restricting voting access — or face a boycott. In Arizona and Texas, clergy have assembled outside the state capitols to decry what they view as voter-suppression measures targeting Black and Hispanic people. ...

Idaho governor signs bill making ballot measures tougher

Apr. 17, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Saturday signed legislation making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as an attempt to stop a medical marijuana initiative and other left-leaning causes in the conservative state. ...

Nevada lawmakers advance bill against organized harassment

Apr. 17, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Heather Korbulic says she was driven out of her job as the head of Nevada’s unemployment agency last June because of threats to her personal safety. Korbulic had been “doxxed" and had her personal information circulated...

Hawaii office advances pledge for waterfront development

Apr. 17, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has advanced its pledge to develop 30 acres (12 hectares) of underutilized and mostly waterfront land in the state despite pushback from the community, the Legislature and a law that prevents residential development. ...

As voting fight moves westward, accusations of racism follow

Apr. 17, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Legislature was debating one of several Republican proposals to overhaul voting when GOP Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita said she'd had enough. “I don’t like to be characterized as supporting discriminatory laws!” she told Democrats, who...

Inslee signs measure addressing health provider PPE costs

Apr. 16, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health benefit plans would have to reimburse health care providers a set amount for personal protective equipment for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic under a measure signed Friday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Some providers in the state,...

Iowa court upholds 2019 law on documents filed in appeals

Apr. 16, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld a portion of a 2019 law that prohibits people seeking an appeal of their criminal conviction from filing documents on their own when they're represented by an attorney. The case centered on an appeal...

Kentucky Supreme Court to hear coronavirus-related cases

Apr. 16, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has agreed to take up the Democratic governor's challenge of Republican-backed laws aimed at limiting his authority to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The GOP-dominated legislature passed the measures this year over Gov....