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Stories with subject: Special interest groups
  • NY ethics board declines to shield finance reports 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 5:48 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - New York's ethics board has notified four advocacy groups that it won't shield their financial backers from public disclosure, citing insufficient evidence that revealing their names is likely to result in threats or even harm to those supporters.

  • Groups seek end to sex-offender turnaround policy 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 11:02 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Prison reform groups are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to stop a state practice forcing more than 1,000 sex offenders to serve parole behind bars because they have no appropriate place to live.

  • 2nd suit filed challenging Texas' new abortion law 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 10:59 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - An advocacy group filed another federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a new provision of Texas' tough restrictions on abortion, less than a week after an appeals court reversed a previous suit and found that the stricter limits don't impose an undue burden on women's health.

  • Report: Vacant Texas federal judgeships languish 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 1:25 am
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Ten federal judgeships have sat vacant in Texas for an average of nearly two years, creating a backlog of more than 12,000 cases, according to a report by two progressive advocacy groups that blame the problem on the state's U.S. senators.

  • Citizen groups push for NH Senate money pledge 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 2:01 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - Two nonpartisan citizen advocacy groups are urging U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her potential Republican rival Scott Brown to negotiate a pledge to reduce the outside money spent on their race in New Hampshire.

  • Group: Montana warehouses mentally ill inmates 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 1:43 pm
  • HELENA, Montana - Advocates who filed a federal lawsuit over Montana's treatment of mentally ill prisoners say they are optimistic the matter can still be resolved through negotiations with state corrections officials.

  • 25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 6:28 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

  • Group sues NYC, seeks to overturn e-cigarette ban 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 11:43 am
  • NEW YORK - A smokers' advocacy group says it has sued New York City seeking to overturn the city's ban on electronic cigarettes.

  • US sends more troops, aircraft to search for Kony 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 7:45 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more forces to assist in the hunt for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony, more than doubling the number of American troops and airmen on the ground to 250.

  • Accountability group unhappy with UNC response 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 5:49 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - The University of North Carolina so far has failed to address concerns raised by an accountability advocacy group about athletics and academics, the head of the group said in a follow-up letter.

  • Hobby Lobby lawyer starts Missouri advocacy group 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 2:38 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - An attorney representing Oklahoma-based arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby in its challenge of a federal contraception coverage mandate launched a nonprofit group in Missouri on Thursday that will focus on the issues of religious liberty and constitutional rights.

  • Consumer group alleges Walgreens model breaks law 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 11:56 am
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A union-backed advocacy group alleges in a complaint to the state's Department of Health that Walgreens pharmacies in Florida are violating state law by allowing its pharmacists to sit at a table away from the actual pharmacy, allowing technicians to work without supervision.