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Stories with subject: Special interest groups
  • Child advocacy group says more taxes could pay for programs 
    Updated: May-05-15 4:28 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A child advocacy group wants Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers to explore tax increases so cuts to services for children are avoided next fiscal year.

  • Anti-Cuban embargo movement picks up steam in US 
    Updated: May-04-15 4:04 pm

    HAVANA - Big businesses and politicians from both sides of the ideological spectrum are putting their muscle into new Washington lobbying efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba as the two countries press ahead to re-establish diplomatic relations.

  • Group continues effort to get setnet ban on 2016 ballot 
    Updated: May-01-15 6:46 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - A proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska is making its way toward the ballot, while a lawsuit over its legality continues.

  • Feds reject NC group's claim that Duke Energy wastes money 
    Updated: May-01-15 5:37 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal regulators have rejected a bid by North Carolina renewable energy advocates to pressure Duke Energy to buy power from other electric companies in the Southeast and in so doing build fewer costly power plants.

  • Pope stokes flames ahead of US trip even as he ends problems 
    Updated: May-01-15 8:05 am

    VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he can expect the same rock-star adulation that greets him wherever he goes. But his positions on hot-button issues such as the death penalty and climate change could quickly set the stage for conflict. That may explain why Francis has been clearing the decks on a host of less high-profile matters of contention that could also have marred the visit.

  • GOP candidates court conservative advocacy group in debate 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 10:12 pm

    BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky - Kentucky's leading Republican candidates for governor jockeyed to position themselves on the right side of key conservative issues during a debate Tuesday night before one of the country's major conservative advocacy groups.

  • Appeals court won't lift stay on NRA's Pittsburgh lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 9:49 am

    PITTSBURGH - A state appeals court has refused to lift a stay of the National Rifle Association's lawsuit challenging Pittsburgh's gun regulations.

  • Consumer group sues Cigna, alleges discrimination 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 9:46 am

    MIAMI - A consumer advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Cigna saying a new policy discriminates against people with HIV and AIDS and violates the federal health law by requiring them to get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy.

  • Groups want review of Shell's Arctic regulatory filings 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 2:55 am

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Arctic offshore drilling.

  • North Carolina Cherokees challenge Tribal Council pay raises 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 4:37 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - In an unusually public fight, a Cherokee advocacy group is challenging a half-million dollars in extra pay the Tribal Council recently approved for itself, saying the North Carolina tribe can't afford raises for top officials while other services suffer.

  • 11 Newtown families: No ties to group behind McGraw concert 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 6:53 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - The families of 11 people killed in the Newtown school massacre distanced themselves Wednesday from a Sandy Hook advocacy group, saying they want to clarify that victims' families are not receiving money from a Tim McGraw concert planned this summer.

  • Illinois hospital advocacy groups to form single entity 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 11:13 am

    CHICAGO - Two influential hospital organizations in Illinois are planning to merge into one entity by the end of the year.

  • Judge tosses Wyoming lawsuit seeking more horse roundups 
    Updated: Apr-21-15 8:07 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Wyoming officials that sought to compel the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to promptly round up several overpopulated wild horse herds in the western part of the state.

  • Missouri's top lawyer to defend Senate in Sunshine lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 5:42 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The state's attorney general will defend the Missouri Senate in a lawsuit filed by a liberal advocacy group over alleged violations of the state's open records law.

  • Montana ranked 7th best state for local foods 
    Updated: Apr-19-15 12:13 pm

    GREAT FALLS, Montana - A family farm advocacy group ranks Montana as the seventh-best state in being committed to locally produced foods.

  • Drug strategy agency mixing health, safety proposed in NYC 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 5:36 pm

    NEW YORK - A new drug policy agency would focus as much on health as on policing under a proposal a New York City lawmaker introduced Thursday to shift how the nation's biggest city approaches illegal drug use.

  • Advocacy group challenges Missouri Senate filming policy 
    Updated: Apr-15-15 6:22 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A liberal advocacy group sued the Missouri Senate on Wednesday, asserting that restrictions on filming some Senate committee meetings are in violation of the state's open-meetings law.

  • Alabama Arise calls for new taxes in Alabama 
    Updated: Apr-14-15 9:47 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - One of Alabama's largest advocacy groups for the poor urged lawmakers on Tuesday to approve Gov. Robert Bentley's tax proposal to avoid further weakening the state's already tattered safety net.

  • Public gets its turn to outline budget concerns to lawmakers 
    Updated: Apr-14-15 4:44 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The stories were heartbreaking, and the list of budget requests expensive as parents, health care providers and advocacy groups asked lawmakers Tuesday to reverse cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to balance next year's budget.

  • State officials see big jump in sex trafficking cases 
    Updated: Apr-12-15 1:04 pm

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island law enforcement officials have seen a big jump in sex trafficking charges filed over the past year as they have begun working with federal agencies and local victim advocacy groups to target the perpetrators - and help the underage victims - in a trend they say is incredibly troubling.

  • Latin America silent on Venezuela as US airs rights concerns story has photos
    Updated: Apr-07-15 5:07 pm

    PANAMA CITY - From Mexico to Brazil, leaders in Latin America have largely kept silent amid charges of human rights abuses in Venezuela and are unlikely to speak out against their neighbor at this week's Summit of the Americas.

  • Group: Lesbian honors student may wear tux to prom 
    Updated: Apr-07-15 4:07 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - A lesbian honors student in northeast Louisiana has been told she may wear a tuxedo to her prom, after all, a national advocacy group said Tuesday.