State governments

File- This July 22, 2019, file photo shows former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams addressing the 110th NAACP National Convention, in Detroit. Abrams is set to announce a multimillion-dollar initiative to staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of the 2020 elections. An aide familiar with the decision said she'll focus on the new program rather than run for president herself. The aide said Abrams would announce the initiative Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, during a speech before a labor union convention in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
August 13, 2019 - 4:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she's launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020. Abrams...
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This booking photo released by the Tennessee Department of Corrections shows Stephen West. The Tennessee death row inmate is asking Gov. Bill Lee to spare his life, maintaining that he didn’t actually kill a mother or her daughter three decades ago. West’s clemency application says his co-defendant, then-17-year-old Ronnie Martin, stabbed both people to death. His execution is slated for Aug. 15. Martin is serving a life sentence and is eligible for parole in 2030. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 3:06 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor announced Tuesday that he won't stop this week's scheduled execution of an inmate who maintains his accomplice was the one who fatally stabbed a mother and her daughter in 1986. Stephen West is set to receive a lethal injection Thursday at a maximum-...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 1994 file photo, a CSX Train with spent nuclear fuel passes through Florence, S.C., on its way to Savannah River Site Weapons Complex near Aiken S.C. Nevada and South Carolina were jostling for a home-field advantage of sorts in a federal court battle that could result in a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium being stored 70 miles from Las Vegas. A federal appeals court has ruled against Nevada in a legal battle over the U.S. government's secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, denied the state's appeal after a judge refused to block any future shipments to Nevada. The court in San Francisco says the matter is moot because the Energy Department already sent the radioactive material and has promised that no more will be hauled there. (Jeff Chatlosh/The Morning News via AP, File)
August 13, 2019 - 2:11 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled against Nevada in a battle with the U.S. government over its secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state's appeal after a judge refused...
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Erie Bureau of Fire Inspector Mark Polanski helps investigate a fatal fire at 1248 West 11th St. in Erie, Pa, on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. Authorities say an early morning fire in northwestern Pennsylvania claimed the lives of multiple children and sent another person to the hospital. (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 12:41 pm
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — There weren't enough working smoke detectors at a Pennsylvania home day care center where a fire killed five children, the fire chief said Tuesday. State officials who inspect home day care centers do not check for smoke detectors, Fire Chief Guy Santone told a news conference...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff shows Ethan Kollie. Federal agents say Kollie, a longtime friend of Dayton, Ohio, gunman, Connor Betts, bought the body armor, a 100-round magazine and a gun accessory used in a mass shooting, but there’s no indication that the man knew that his friend was planning a massacre. The accusations came as prosecutors unsealed charges against Kollie that they said were unrelated to the Aug. 4 shooting. (Montgomery County Sheriff via AP) (Montgomery County Sheriff via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 10:04 am
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities who have been trying to piece together a motive and other factors that led to a deadly mass shooting in Ohio will provide an update Tuesday on their findings. Dayton officials scheduled a news conference, a day after federal authorities announced charges against a...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., leaves federal court after a hearing in San Diego. Hunter, who is facing corruption charges, wants his Sept. 10 trial postponed while his attorneys appeal a judge's refusal a month earlier to dismiss the case. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
August 12, 2019 - 10:56 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, who is facing corruption charges, wants his Sept. 10 trial postponed while his attorneys appeal a San Diego judge's refusal to dismiss the case. Attorneys for the California lawmaker are expected to ask the same federal judge on Tuesday to push...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., leaves federal court after a hearing in San Diego. Hunter, who is facing corruption charges, wants his Sept. 10 trial postponed while his attorneys appeal a judge's refusal a month earlier to dismiss the case. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
August 12, 2019 - 10:54 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, who is facing corruption charges, wants his Sept. 10 trial postponed while his attorneys appeal a judge's refusal last month to dismiss the case. The California lawmaker's attorneys plan to make the request Tuesday to the federal judge in San...
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A plant employee stands near a refrigeration unit as business continues at this Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, following Wednesday's raid by U.S. immigration officials. In an email Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said more than 300 of the 680 people arrested Wednesday have been released from custody. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 12, 2019 - 3:29 pm
FOREST, Miss. (AP) — Days after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, job seekers flocked to an employment fair Monday in hopes of filling some of those now-empty positions. Koch Foods, based near Chicago, held...
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Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas, chair of the House General Investigating Committee, speaks at the Texas State Capitol on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Austin, Texas. A Texas House committee on Monday holds an investigation hearing into allegations Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered a hardline conservative activist media credentials in a exchange for supporting primary challenges against several Republican incumbents. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
August 12, 2019 - 12:18 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A panel of Texas lawmakers on Monday asked state police to investigate allegations that Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media credentials for the chamber to a hardline conservative activist in exchange for campaigning against a group of GOP incumbents in the 2020...
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This July 19, 2019 photo shows An Epic Charter Schools office in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma investigators wrote in a court affidavit that Epic Charter Schools co-founders Ben Harris and David Chaney recruited "ghost students" who received little or no instruction. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. The two men released a statement saying they did nothing wrong and are confident they'll be vindicated. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
August 12, 2019 - 10:16 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When two tech-savvy Oklahoma men launched their vision for an innovative charter school in 2011 that students could attend from home, the timing was perfect. Republicans had just extended their majorities in the Legislature, taken control of every elected statewide office and...
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