Ex-state lawmaker testifies he and ex-senator took kickbacks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas lawmaker has testified in the bribery trial of a former state senator that they accepted kickbacks for steering state funding to a college and a nonprofit.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Republican former Rep. Micah Neal was the first witness in ...

Editorials from around New York

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:

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The Wall Street Journal on rescissions and the federal deficit

April 9

The Congressional Budget Office finally rolled out its semiannual budget outlook on Monday, and the federal deficit is expected to be $804 billion this fiscal year ...

Kentucky editorial roundup

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials:

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April 4

Lexington Herald-Leader on Gov. Matt Bevin's defense of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt:

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted out a puzzler; but relax, the quandary is answered in Government Ethics 101.

Coming to the defense of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt ...

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, former NSC staffer, joins Justice Department

A former National Security Council official who left the administration last year is returning as an adviser to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who was senior director for intelligence at NSC, will be advising Mr. Sessions on national security issues. During his time at NSC, Mr. Cohen-Watnick oversaw covert ...

State legislators: Sexual misconduct? Maybe. Records? No

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A backlash across the country against sexual misconduct by those in positions of power has resulted in dozens of state lawmakers being reprimanded or forced out of office.

But in New Jersey, lawmakers said they had no publicly available records of any such claims or punishment ...

ACLU lawsuit challenges separation of immigrant families

BOSTON (AP) - A class-action lawsuit accuses President Donald Trump's administration of illegally detaining immigrants married to U.S. citizens while they pursue lawful immigration status.

The lawsuit was filed late Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts on behalf of immigrants subject to removal orders who have been ...

Tennessee editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:

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April 6

The Tennessean calls for the release of journalist Manuel Duran, who was detained while covering Memphis protests and now faces deportation:

Journalist Manuel Duran was arrested for doing his job: For exercising his First Amendment rights.

He now he faces deportation from ...

6 New Hampshire lawmakers accused of harassment since 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A review of sexual harassment and misconduct complaints against lawmakers across the country shows a half dozen New Hampshire House members faced allegations in the last few years.

The Associated Press filed records requests in every state seeking information on complaints made since 2008. The New ...

Mark Zuckerberg pressed to explain why Facebook appears to censor conservative content

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg denied allegations that Facebook censors content from supporters of President Donald Trump and conservatives during a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Appearing before the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee, the 33-year-old billionaire told lawmakers that Facebook's goal "is to be a platform for all ...

Wendy Vitter, Trump’s judicial nominee, declares ‘I am pro-life’

One of President Trump's judicial nominees declared she was pro-life on Wednesday during her confirmation hearing, disclosing a personal, religious viewpoint not often discussed during judicial confirmation hearings.

Typically judicial nominees shy away from disclosing personal opinions on controversial issues, but Wendy Vitter, general counsel for the Archdiocese of New ...

Portage mayor seeks dismissal of federal corruption probe

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) - An indicted northwest Indiana mayor has asked a federal judge to dismiss his corruption case because prosecutors viewed dozens of what should have been confidential attorney-client emails.

Portage Mayor James Snyder filed a motion Monday requesting the dismissal of his three-count indictment from 2016. He pleaded ...

Democrat upset meeting ends without gun ban discussion

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker isn't happy a House panel has ended its meeting without discussing a bill that would bank owning military-style assault weapons in South Carolina.

Rep. Wendy Brawley said it is unfortunate Republicans pushed her bill to the end of Wednesday's subcommittee agenda, started the ...

House Republicans applaud Paul Ryan for tax cuts, ‘policy wonk’ persona

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's Republican colleagues on Wednesday said Mr. Ryan's legacy will be tied to the newly enacted $1.5 trillion tax-cut law he helped write, as well as his reputation as a "policy wonk" dating to his days as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

They also acknowledged, ...

Nebraska judge to decide immigrant foster care lawsuit

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A judge will decide whether a Nebraska agency is violating state law by denying three teens entry into a foster care transition program based on their immigration status.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the lawsuit against the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services involves ...

Zuckerberg admits regulation of the social-media industry is likely ‘inevitable’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted Wednesday that government regulation of the social-media industry he helped create is "inevitable."

Appearing before the House Energy and Commerce committee less than a day after he endured a roughly five-hour session before a Senate panel, Mr. Zuckerberg told Capitol Hill lawmakers that it is ...

ABC promo suggests James Comey compares Donald Trump to a mob boss

A new promo from ABC News out Wednesday suggests former FBI Director James B. Comey compares President Trump to a mob boss.

"How strange is it for you to sit here and compare the president to a mob boss?" ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos asks Mr. Comey.

The highly anticipated interview ...

2 complaints against Vermont legislators since 2008

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - As dozens of state lawmakers across the country have been forced from leadership roles over allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment in recent months, the Vermont Legislature has had two complaints of sexual misconduct or harassment since 2008.

Colleagues also voted to suspend then-Sen. Norman McAllister ...

No harassment complaints lodged against state lawmakers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island General Assembly has received no reports of sexual misconduct involving lawmakers since 2008, even though a senator resigned in February after being charged with extorting a page for sex.

Larry Berman, a spokesman for Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, said no one has ...