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  • Muslim advocacy group asks for meeting with Alabama governor story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 2:16 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A Muslim advocacy group on Thursday asked to meet with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley about statements he made on a refugee resettlement program that the group says were "derogatory and dehumanizing."

  • Advocacy group calls on Legislature to rethink scholarship 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 2:48 pm

    ST. LOUIS - An advocacy group is pushing the Missouri Legislature to reconsider how it awards scholarships for a 30-year-old program designed to keep the brightest college students in the state.

  • Britain approves controversial gene-editing experiments story has photos
    Updated: Feb-01-16 3:42 pm

    LONDON - In a landmark decision that some ethicists warned is a step down the path toward "designer babies," Britain gave scientists approval Monday to conduct gene-editing experiments on human embryos.

  • Advocates seek probe into policing of homeless New Yorkers 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 2:52 pm

    NEW YORK - More than 50 advocacy groups have asked an inspector general to probe how the New York Police Department polices the homeless.

  • 'Carol,' 'The Danish Girl' among GLAAD Media Awards nominees 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 12:28 pm

    LOS ANGELES - "The Danish Girl" is up for a GLAAD Media Award in a year where a record number of nominees feature transgender characters and subject matter.

  • GOP lawmakers to outline plan to continue Medicaid expansion 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:31 am

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Republican lawmakers' plan to continue Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire includes work requirements for people receiving the insurance and proposes a way to pay for the state's share of the program without charging taxpayers.

  • Advocacy group claims Providence officers target homeless 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:19 am

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - An advocacy group has released a survey that they say shows that police officers target homeless people gathered at Providence's Kennedy Plaza for the enforcement of minor offenses.

  • Advocacy group says death at Arkansas center was negligent 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 9:21 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An Arkansas woman choked to death during a seizure at a state-run human development center because staff thought she was "faking," a disability rights advocacy group concluded in a report released Tuesday.

  • Gov. Brown, lawmakers lay out priorities for 2016 session story has photos
    Updated: Jan-26-16 8:35 pm

    SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders on Tuesday presented their priorities for the legislative session that starts next week, and her fellow Democrats made it clear they intend to press ahead with passing legislation to raise Oregon's minimum wage.

  • Alabama AG blasts Supreme Court decision on life terms 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 6:17 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is criticizing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will give convicted murderers a chance at freedom if they were juveniles when the crime was committed.

  • Georgia senator says he will oppose federal judge nominee 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 4:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said Thursday he won't support President Barack Obama's nominee for a federal judgeship in Georgia, essentially scuttling the choice.

  • California prisons defend $3 billion budget drop from pledge story has photos
    Updated: Jan-20-16 9:38 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Federal judicial orders are mostly to blame for a $3 billion drop in the budget savings that California prison officials promised four years ago, corrections officials said Wednesday.

  • Critics say proposed Ohio EPA rules could harm wetlands 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 9:48 am

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Proposed Ohio EPA rules making it easier for companies to get permits to build roads, pipelines or surface coal mines are drawing concern from critics who say the changes could harm the state's wetlands and streams.

  • US-Canadian agency: More work needed to protect Great Lakes 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 8:06 pm

    TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - The U.S. and Canada have done well at preventing Great Lakes water from being overused or raided by outsiders but should take additional steps to strengthen their legal protection against future grabs, an advisory organization said Tuesday.

  • The Latest: House GOP leader says REAL ID reform top on list story has photos
    Updated: Jan-19-16 7:59 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - The latest on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's State of the State address (all times local):

  • EPA agrees to probe how state agency regulates iron mining 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 4:57 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate allegations by an environmental advocacy group that a state agency is failing to meet its responsibility to regulate iron mining companies, the advocacy group said.

  • Oregon's former first lady Cylvia Hayes gets journalism job 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 12:01 pm

    BEND, Oregon - In a continued return to the public eye after leaving Salem under federal investigation, Oregon's former first lady Cylvia Hayes announced she's landed a new gig: freelance journalist.

  • New Mexico lawmakers ready for REAL ID fix debate story has photos
    Updated: Jan-18-16 11:18 am

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Legislative session is scheduled to begin Tuesday, and fixing the state's driver's licenses laws is among the most anticipated pieces of legislation lawmakers are expected to tackle.

  • Wisconsin manufacturer changes prayer-on-the-job policy 
    Updated: Jan-16-16 3:53 pm

    BRILLION, Wisconsin - Dozens of Muslim employees at a Wisconsin manufacturer say they are now out of a job after the company changed its prayer-on-the-job policy.

  • Hassan's office announces resignation of "drug czar" 
    Updated: Jan-15-16 4:28 pm

    NEWPORT, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire official tasked with coordinating the response to the state's opioid crisis says he will step down in February.

  • Sikh bus driver says police didn't recognize hate crime 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 9:45 pm

    LOS ANGELES - A California bus driver wearing a turban was called a suicide bomber during an attack that left him hospitalized, but officers failed to recognize the assault as a hate crime, a Sikh advocacy group representing the man said Thursday.

  • Washington lawmakers seek rules for police body camera video 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 8:04 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington - There was mixed reaction to a new bill heard Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee that seeks to balance the ability of police departments to handle broad requests for police body-camera videos with keeping essential footage available to the public.

  • Women and family advocacy group launches in Utah 
    Updated: Jan-13-16 8:05 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A new women and family advocacy coalition is backing three legislative proposals, including one that would offer state employees paid paternal leave.

  • Samsung reaches partial agreement with sick workers story has photos
    Updated: Jan-12-16 6:54 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - Samsung Electronics reached a partial agreement on workplace safety with sickened workers and their families, nearly a decade after the death of a 22-year-old chip worker from leukemia galvanized concern about conditions in South Korea's semiconductor industry.

  • Advocacy group gives Sioux Falls bad rating in LGBT equality 
    Updated: Jan-10-16 10:48 am

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - An LGBT advocacy group has rated Sioux Falls well below the national average in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.