The Latest: Wisconsin Assembly passes anti-crime package

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on anti-crime initiatives moving through the Wisconsin Legislature (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A package of anti-crime bills that would create stiffer penalties for repeat offenders and illegal firearm possession are on their way to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Assembly approved the bills Wednesday. ...

The Latest: Mayor decries guarantee to contributor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on the Allentown mayor's testimony in his corruption trial (all times local):

5 p.m.

The Democratic mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city is telling a jury that he was horrified when he learned one of his political consultants had guaranteed favorable treatment to a real ...

Trump meets with parents, students impacted by school shootings

President Trump held an emotional meeting at the White House Wednesday with students who survived last week's school shooting in Florida and their parents who pleaded with him for changes that will make schools safe.

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in ...

California Editorial Rdp

Feb. 20

Chico Enterprise-Record on proposed ban on lead fishing weights lacking justification:

California has seen the number of licensed anglers fall by half since 1984, from more than 2 million to barely 1 million who purchase annual licenses.

One big reason is declining opportunities - more waters closed to ...

Students across US stage walkouts to protest gun violence

In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class on Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week's deadly shooting in Florida.

The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for ...

Some States Would Rather Debate Porn Than Guns

In the week since the Florida school shooting, several legislatures across the country have delayed or blocked gun control debate — with at least two preferring to talk about pornography, The Hill reports.

Colorado Editorial Roundup

The Pueblo Chieftain, Feb. 21, on a boot camp providing second chances:

As satisfying as the idea of locking up all criminals and throwing away the key might sound, it isn't a practical solution for every situation. And it would deny the opportunity for many who've been convicted of crimes ...

Kentucky editorial roundup

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials:

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Feb. 21

Lexington Herald-Leader on two U.S. Congressmen's comments about gun issues:

The National Rifle Association wields a big mailing list and "hunter orange" postcards to control legislators. A bad word from the NRA showing up in voters' mailboxes is the kiss of ...

The media savvy of Billy Graham

The evangelist captured and kept the media spotlight for decades, without becoming as polarizing as many famous religious figures.

North Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:

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Feb. 21

The Charlotte Observer on the death of Christian evangelist Billy Graham:

On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev. Billy Graham walked onto a stage at the Charlotte Coliseum for the 26th sermon of a five-week Charlotte crusade. "Tonight," ...

Florida editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:

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Feb. 21

Miami Herald on students' reactions over Florida lawmakers refusing to consider a gun law bill:

That was swift. As swift as Nikolas Cruz was when he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It took Florida legislators little time to ...

Border wall construction begins in Calexico, California

SAN DIEGO — The federal government began work Wednesday on replacing border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego.

Customs and Border Protection is replacing a little more than 2 miles in downtown ...

Trump, House GOP Appear on Course for Clash Over Gun Control

The White House's indication of support for a bipartisan bill that would bolster reporting of violent criminals to the FBI's background-check database in an attempt to stop them from buying firearms appears to have President Donald Trump on a collision course with House...

Dem Sen. Tammy Baldwin Accepted $120,000 From Lobbyists

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has taken more than $120,000 in contributions from lobbyists in the current election cycle despite her attempts to limit the influence of special interest groups, The Washington Free Beacon reports.