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Stories with subject: Special interest groups
  • Loans, taxes, regulations on small business election agenda 
    Updated: May-20-15 6:20 am

    There are no "one size fits all" issues for small business in the 2016 presidential campaign. While candidates try to appeal to all small businesses, many owners want very specific things. A sample of what's on the agenda of some individual owners, and two small business advocacy groups:

  • Advocacy group says Kansas City has 1,324 untested rape kits 
    Updated: May-19-15 6:26 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A national rape victim advocacy group says Kansas City has 1,324 untested rape kits.

  • Advocacy group: Wind turbine rules needed to protect birds story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 6:26 pm

    PORT AUSTIN, Michigan - The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines.

  • Group files lawsuit against Walker over records 
    Updated: May-19-15 4:58 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A liberal advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker, saying he is illegally withholding records related to his proposal to rewrite the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin known as the "Wisconsin Idea."

  • Grass Roots North Carolina runs radio ad backing gun bill 
    Updated: May-19-15 2:50 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A gun-rights advocacy group is running a radio ad to try to pressure House Republican leaders into letting colleagues vote on a wide-ranging measure that would further ease firearm control restrictions.

  • Most Jordanian journalists censor themselves, watchdog says 
    Updated: May-18-15 11:28 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - An advocacy group says most Jordanian journalists are "too scared" to criticize the king, the security forces and tribal leaders.

  • Advocacy groups propose rules for police body cameras 
    Updated: May-15-15 5:53 am

    LOS ANGELES - Nearly three dozen advocacy groups proposed on Friday several rules they want police agencies to follow when they adopt the use of body cameras.

  • Groups differ on plan to help control wild horse population 
    Updated: May-09-15 10:55 am

    SALT LAKE CITY - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plan to inject 50 wild horses in western Utah with contraception drugs to help control the population is being applauded by one wild horse advocacy group but derided by another.

  • Former judge now heads state children's advocacy group 
    Updated: May-09-15 4:08 am

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Former East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Judge Kathleen Stewart Richey has landed a position heading a statewide children's advocacy association.

  • Correction: Setnet Initiative story 
    Updated: May-07-15 12:21 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - In a story May 1 about a proposed initiative involving setnets, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the state opposed a motion by Resources for All Alaskans to participate in oral argument before the Alaska Supreme Court. A court filing provided by an attorney for the organization says the state does not oppose the motion. An attorney with the state Department of Law confirmed the state does not oppose the group's request.

  • 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.

  • 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.