State governments

FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 9:22 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death...
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Republican ex-Russia ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. speaks at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Salt Lake City. President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to Russia said Vladimir Putin is likely “joyful” about the renewed prominence of a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, which experts consider Russian disinformation. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 05, 2019 - 7:51 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to Russia said Vladimir Putin is likely “joyful” about the renewed prominence of a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, which experts consider Russian disinformation. “He’s...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A commission Northam tasked with researching racist laws from the state’s past recommended Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, that dozens be repealed in order to purge the state’s books of discriminatory language. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
December 05, 2019 - 5:47 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the state’s...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 201 file photo, Wisconsin Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, right, looks on as then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to reporters in Milwaukee. Federal investigators plan to brief the Wisconsin National Guard's top commander this weekend on their seven-month review of the Guard's sexual assault reporting and investigation protocols. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)
December 05, 2019 - 1:51 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal investigators plan to brief the Wisconsin National Guard's top commander this weekend on findings from a seven-month review of the Guard's sexual assault reporting and investigation protocols, Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday in a letter to legislative leaders. The Guard...
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December 05, 2019 - 1:10 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About half a dozen people have applied for an influential new job in Missouri to draw state legislative districts under a nationally unique mandate to achieve “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" in elections. Missouri's “nonpartisan state demographer” position was...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., gestures as she speaks during a campaign stop, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
December 05, 2019 - 11:05 am
DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday she has hired a state director in Colorado and will open multiple offices in the state. It's the latest move by the Massachusetts senator in a Western state that's part of the Super Tuesday contests in March. Warren...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company workers bury utility lines in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric officials urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve an insurance settlement that would enable the nation's largest utility to regain its financial footing while covering at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires tied to its equipment and negligence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 04, 2019 - 6:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a key insurance settlement as it struggles to regain its financial footing and cover at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires in California tied to its equipment. The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019 file photo, Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Heck said Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 that he is retiring from Congress and is currently serving his fourth term representing Washington's 10th District, southwest of Seattle. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
December 04, 2019 - 4:58 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Democratic Rep. Denny Heck of Washington state announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term, saying his work on the investigation into Russian election interference and the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump have “rendered my soul weary.” “I...
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FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
December 04, 2019 - 3:20 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he won't stop the state from putting a blind inmate to death in the electric chair later this week, clearing the way for the execution unless a federal court intervenes. Lee Hall, a 53-year-old inmate who became blind from...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014, file photo, rapper T.I. performs before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. A New York lawmaker wants to ban tests aimed at determining virginity in response to remarks by the rapper earlier this month in which he said he has a gynecologist check his daughter’s hymen annually. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 04, 2019 - 1:22 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York could ban intrusive tests aimed at determining virginity in response to the controversial remarks made recently by the rapper T.I. that he has a gynecologist check his daughter’s hymen annually. Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages said Tuesday the bill she submitted last...
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