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FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Primary challengers take down 2 New Mexico Senate incumbents

Jun. 3, 2020 1:57 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An embattled state senator who was convicted of drunken driving lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in a northern New Mexico district Tuesday, as several longtime legislators who have resisted initiatives ranging from spending increases to the legalization of recreational...

Poll worker Patricia Gurule, 71, right, squirts sanitizing gel into the hand of a voter during primary voting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

The Latest: Embattled senator loses Democratic nomination

Jun. 3, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the New Mexico primary election (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Embattled state Sen. Richard Martinez has lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to primary challenger Leo Jaramillo. Martinez was seeking a sixth term but his political future became uncertain after...

Missouri Medicaid expansion proposal survives lawsuits

Jun. 2, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has dismissed two lawsuits against a ballot proposal to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to thousands more low-income adults. The lawsuits by conservative advocacy group United for Missouri and Americans for Prosperity-Missouri sought to knock the...

Public awareness campaign seeks to prevent financial abuse

Jun. 1, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group working to prevent the financial exploitation of New Hampshire’s elderly residents has launched a statewide public awareness campaign to connect victims and those at risk with trusted sources of help. The New Hampshire Financial Abuse Specialty Team was created in 2013...

Tennessee group's billboard campaign hits hot topics

Jun. 1, 2020 3:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sexual and reproductive health advocacy group is launching a billboard and digital ad campaign intended to show how COVID-19 has exposed inequality, according to a news release. A billboard image released to media by Healthy & Free Tennessee reads, “End mass...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Primary may shake up state Senate leadership in New Mexico

May. 29, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s primary election is testing the political fortitude of several influential Democratic legislators who have resisted progressive initiatives ranging from recreational marijuana legalization to shoring up abortion rights and greater spending from a state education...

Second lawsuit filed against Missouri Medicaid expansion

May. 27, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Conservative advocacy group United for Missouri on Wednesday announced it's suing to take a proposal to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to thousands more low-income adults off the Aug. 4 ballot. The limited-government group's lawsuit against the Secretary of...

FILE - In this photo taken on April 20, 2020, a woman wearing protective face mask looks at her phone past a closed restaurant during a nationwide confinement to counter the COVID-19, in Paris. French lawmakers are set to vote on whether allowing or not France's contact-tracing app designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus that is raising privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

French lawmakers endorse the country's virus tracing app

May. 27, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament endorsed Wednesday a contact-tracing app designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid sharp debate over privacy concerns. Lawmakers in the National Assembly, where French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party has a majority, voted...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, seminarians and nuns carry slogans and a mock coffin during a rally in Manila, Philippines, against drug-related killings and martial law. Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s deadly drug war, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children. The advocacy group made the call alongside Wednesday, May 27, 2020 launch of a report timed for the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council session next month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Rights group urges inquiry into Philippine drug war killings

May. 27, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children. The advocacy group made the call alongside...

2 dozen Maine nonprofit groups to get grants amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A community foundation in Maine is providing more than $200,000 in grants to a marine science institution, a gay advocacy group and others. The Maine Community Foundation said it's giving the grants to 24 nonprofits in the state. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland will...