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Governor commutes life sentence for man convicted of marijuana offenses

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 24 May 2015 06:55

A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses is eligible for parole May 22 after Gov. Jay Nixon commuted his sentence.

Regarding Ronald Reagan: Name-dropping among the presidential nomination seekers

Written by NANCY BENAC,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 23:36

Call it gilt by association: The 2016 presidential hopefuls have become serial name-droppers, hoping to boost their own appeal by borrowing the luster of others.

They’re sprinkling their speeches, interviews and tweets with mentions of everyone from the old standby, Ronald Reagan, to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., rapper Nicki Minaj and astronomer Galileo.

Clinton’s announcement energizes left, right

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 24 April 2015 04:11

An unsurprising announcement on April 10 from Hillary Rodham Clinton delighted many, regardless of party.

Republicans said good, the chief adversary has arrived.

National gaze
April 9, 2015

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 10 April 2015 04:18

Forced sterilization proposed in Tennessee plea deals

Prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee, made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years. The district attorney banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.

Witness to Michael Brown shooting arrested

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:59

The man who was with Michael Brown when he was shot by a Ferguson police officer last summer was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest during a new confrontation with police.

Gay marriage and the GOP hopefuls: Not ready to say 'I do'

Written by The AP Monday, 27 April 2015 04:25

For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape.

Senate passes bill to help victims of human trafficking

Written by The AP Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:31

The Senate unanimously passed legislation on April 22 to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee.

The vote was 99-0 to approve the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers and creates a new fund to help victims. The House has passed similar legislation and the White House has voiced support.

Indiana’s religious freedom law inspires pro-pot advocate to create a temple to weed

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 18:14

Bill Levin, founder of Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis. —PHOTO: Courtesy

The same day that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, Bill Levin filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State to open a new church — The First Church of Cannabis. His application was approved, and thanks to the state’s new religious freedom law and a flurry of publicity that brought in thousands of dollars in donations, practitioners of his faith soon should be lighting up with the same impunity as a nun saying her rosary.

Governor calls out State Guard to protect Texas from federal takeover

Written by Paul J. Weber,
AP writer
Saturday, 02 May 2015 10:17

A Texas border patrol militia group -PHOTO: Pinterest

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15” amid Internet-fueled conspiracy theories that the war simulation is really part of an effort by President Obama to take over the state and force people to give up their guns.

The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States tripled during the past year, according to a Gallop Poll released today.

New Hampshire polling shows Clinton's commanding lead

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:00

New data from Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Rodham Clinton with commanding leads over the entire Republican field in New Hampshire, an early voting state in the presidential primary process.

Clinton, according to PPP, is up by 9-15 points against nine GOP contenders. 

Indiana faces long road to restore its image — and its tourism

Written by LAURYN SCHROEDER,
Associated Press writer
Monday, 06 April 2015 18:50

Downtown Indianapolis.

Indiana tourism agencies are rolling out campaigns emphasizing that everyone is welcome, but it might not be enough to quickly restore the state’s battered image after a backlash over its religious objections law.