State legislature

A rainbow flag observing Pride Month is displayed over the east wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Friday, June 7, 2019. The display, endorsed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, drew backlash from conservative Republican lawmakers who said it was divisive, while Democrats hailed it as a sign of inclusivity. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
June 07, 2019 - 4:13 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Flying a gay pride rainbow flag over the Wisconsin state Capitol for the first time Friday drew backlash from conservatives, including a pair of state lawmakers, who said it was divisive, while Democrats hailed it as a sign of inclusivity. The flag flap erupted after Democratic...
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FILE - This July 2016 photo provided by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture shows industrial hemp growing in a field in North Dakota's Benson County. In Arizona, farmers will soon begin planting commercial hemp under a 2018 state law that just took effect once the state issues required licenses. (North Dakota Department of Agriculture via AP,File)
June 06, 2019 - 12:46 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Once they receive the required state licenses, Arizona farmers will soon begin planting commercial hemp under a 2018 state law that just took effect. The state law allowing industrial hemp farming and processing was to take effect in August after state agriculture officials set up a...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks to local residents during a meet and greet at a coffee shop, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Iowa Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 06, 2019 - 5:00 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar's (KLOH'-buh-sharz) mental health policy has inspired her first Iowa endorsement. State Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines is one of Iowa's four black legislators and the mother of a son with developmental and mental disorders. Gaines says...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, from left to right, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln and Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrive at the LA Premiere of Season 9 of their show "The Walking Dead" in Los Angeles. The network behind the show that’s become synonymous with Georgia says it will “reevaluate” its activity in the state if a new abortion law goes into effect. The Walking Dead’s success has drawn steady streams of tourists to the Georgia towns where it has been filmed. A statement from AMC Networks calls the abortion legislation “highly restrictive” and says it will be closely watching what’s likely to be “a long and complicated fight” over the law. Georgia’s ban on virtually all abortions will take effect next year if it’s not blocked in the courts. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
June 05, 2019 - 9:10 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The network behind a show that's become part of Georgia's pop-culture fiber says it will "reevaluate" its activity in the state if a new abortion law goes into effect. "The Walking Dead" is an economic powerhouse and brings streams of tourists to the Georgia towns where it has been...
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In this Monday, June 3, 2019 photo a child rides her scooter past a homeless person covered under a blanket in Santa Monica, Calif. The number of homeless people counted across Los Angeles County jumped 12% over the past year to a total of 58,936. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority presented the results of January's annual count to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 4. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
June 04, 2019 - 9:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of homeless people counted across Los Angeles County jumped 12% over the past year to nearly 59,000, with more young and old residents and families on the streets, officials said Tuesday. The majority of the homeless were found within the city of Los Angeles, which saw...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco police officers wait while homeless people collect their belongings in San Francisco. San Francisco supervisors consider legislation Tuesday, June 4, 2019, allowing the city to force mentally ill drug addicts into housing and treatment for up to a year. Mayor London Breed says it's inhumane to let addicts languish on the streets, but homeless advocates say the measure is extreme and a violation of civil rights. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
June 04, 2019 - 8:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials decided Tuesday to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment, even if it goes against the spirit of a city known for its fierce protection of civil rights. Several members of the Board of Supervisors voiced deep...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015, file frame from video from Broward County Public Schools, school resource officer Scot Peterson talks during a school board meeting of Broward County, Fla. Peterson, the then-Florida sheriff's deputy assigned to protect the high school where 17 died in a 2018 shooting has been arrested on 11 charges, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. State Attorney Mike Satz announced that 56-year-old Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury charges. (Broward County Public Schools via AP, File)
June 04, 2019 - 5:34 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Florida deputy who knew a gunman was loose at the Parkland high school but refused to go inside to confront the assailant was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his inaction during the massacre that killed 17 people. Scot Peterson was on duty as the resource officer...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 20, 2016, file photo, Dr. Richard Goldstein, chief medical officer at the Animal Medical Center, checks on one of his patients at the hospital's clinic in New York. When asked his feeling about declawing cats, Goldstein said that veterinarians don't like the procedure but it's better than the alternatives of housing the cat in a shelter or putting it to death. New York state would be the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats under legislation scheduled for a vote Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 04, 2019 - 5:10 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would be the first state in the U.S. to ban the declawing of cats under legislation approved by lawmakers at the request of cat owners, animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians who call the procedure cruel and needless. The bill, which would subject veterinarians...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, the State House is surrounded by fall foliage in Augusta, Maine. The Democratic-led state Senate voted Tuesday, June 4, 2019, to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. The house approved it the day before. The office of Gov. Janet Mills said she has not yet taken a position on the bill. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
June 04, 2019 - 3:19 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has 10 days to act on the...
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Virginia Gov/ Ralph Northam, left, listens during a news conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Friday, May 31, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing several people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. (AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe)
June 04, 2019 - 11:56 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers." Northam, a Democrat...
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