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Texas governor orders new try at passing GOP voting laws

Aug. 05, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered the Legislature to reconvene for a third time to try to pass a Republican-backed voting restrictions bill that Democratic members blocked by leaving the state nearly a month ago. The announcement, which...

Arizona doctors urge governor to require masks in schools

Aug. 05, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 150 Arizona doctors on Thursday urged Gov. Doug Ducey to mandate masks in public schools, dialing up pressure as coronavirus cases rise and a growing number of school districts require their staff and students to mask up in defiance of a new state law. ...

French will need health pass by Monday after court approval

Aug. 05, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French constitutional court on Thursday validated most aspects of a new law that, starting next week, requires people to carry a special COVID-19 health pass to access cafes, restaurants, long-distance travel and, in some cases, hospitals. But it struck down several measures...

King County to pay $1.5M over pregnant mother shot to death

Aug. 05, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — King County has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a young pregnant Muckleshoot mother of three fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies. Renee Davis’ death, which happened while deputies...

Biden nominates first LGBT federal appeals court nominee

Aug. 05, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating a Vermont judge who played a critical role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage to become the first openly LGBT woman to serve on any federal circuit court. The White House announced Thursday...

Vermont Supreme Court justice nominated to US appeals court

Aug. 05, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A justice on the Vermont Supreme Court who played a role in the state's passage of the first-in-the-nation civil unions law has been nominated to a seat on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the White House announced Thursday. The announcement...

Phoenix school district says suit over mask mandate is moot

Aug. 04, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix school district wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over its mask mandate, which could be a test case for other districts, arguing a state law banning such policy isn’t in effect yet. A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday in the case of...

Attorney General: Colleges can't fine unvaccinated students

Aug. 04, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — To combat COVID-19 on campus, Birmingham-Southern College said all students would be required to undergo regular testing at the school at a cost of $500, but that vaccinated students could skip that hassle and also get their money back. The...

Arkansas governor pushes mask law change, despite resistance

Aug. 03, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson pressed forward Tuesday with efforts to allow schools to mandate face masks as the state’s coronavirus cases continued to spiral, but faced heavy opposition from fellow Republicans over the move. Hutchinson called...

Teacher sues to stop Phoenix school district's mask mandate

Aug. 03, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix science teacher is asking a judge to put a halt to a districtwide mask mandate, which goes against a new state law, district officials said Tuesday. Richard Franco, a spokesman for Phoenix Union High School District, confirmed Douglas Hester's...