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Mystery man in Missouri State Capitol mural identified

Mystery man in Missouri State Capitol mural identified

The identity of a black man painted in famed artist Thomas Hart Benton‘s mural inside the Missouri State Capitol has been uncovered after decades of mystery and speculation. Experts on Benton and his 1936 mural, “Social History of the State of Missouri,” hadn‘t been able to identify the only black man depicted in a crowd of white people during a […]

Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

More local governments in California are resisting the state‘s efforts to resist the Trump administration‘s immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak. Since the Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice sued California last month over its so-called “sanctuary state” law limiting police collaboration […]

Hearing planned on legislature‘s sexual harassment policies

Hearing planned on legislature‘s sexual harassment policies

Connecticut legislative leaders are hoping to hear from experts and the public about what changes, if any, need to be made to the General Assembly‘s sexual harassment policies. A public hearing is planned Monday at the Legislative Office Building. Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM‘-oh-wits) says lawmakers “need to take a real hard look” at current policies and complaint reporting […]

Jockeying begins as House openings fuel leadership shuffle

Jockeying begins as House openings fuel leadership shuffle

Changes are coming to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, due in large part to the pending departure of one of the most powerful elected officials in Harrisburg. The decision by House Republican Leader Dave Reed to not seek re-election after a brief flirtation with running for Congress sets the stage for a fight over leadership later this year. “The day […]

Ohio continues to add to number of certified police agencies

Ohio continues to add to number of certified police agencies

The state says it could have communicated better with Ohio police departments early on about a new certification process created in the wake of shootings of unarmed black people. Karhlton Moore is executive director of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. He says too many agencies felt the state was blaming them for policing controversies. An advisory board commissioned […]

US pastor faces terror charges in fraught trial in Turkey

US pastor faces terror charges in fraught trial in Turkey

An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and […]

The Latest: US to impose new sanctions on Russia over Syria

The Latest: US to impose new sanctions on Russia over Syria

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 6:20 p.m. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the U.S. will be imposing more economic sanctions on Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his apparent use of chemical weapons. Haley says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be making the announcement by Monday and it […]

Victims of DUI crashes to be memorialized in Kansas

Victims of DUI crashes to be memorialized in Kansas

Under a new Kansas Department of Transportation program, “Lost to DUI” memorial signs will be placed along state and federal highways for victims of drunken driving accidents. The first memorial sign was recently unveiled by parents of 20-year-old Kylie Jobe and 22-year-old Kyle Thornburg, who were killed in a 2011 accident, The Salina Journal reported. Barby Jobe said her daughter […]

Lawmakers assign $11 million for behavioral health services

Lawmakers assign $11 million for behavioral health services

Gov. Kay Ivey said Alabama lawmakers have set aside $11 million in the recently passed budgets for behavioral health services for Medicaid-eligible children. The funding is aimed at expanding community and home-based services, Al reported . It‘s being offered by the Alabama Department of Mental Health for children and youth with severe emotional disturbance and those with autism spectrum disorder. […]

Arab leaders meet to unify ranks with eye on Iran, Jerusalem

Arab leaders meet to unify ranks with eye on Iran, Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia used its perch as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on Sunday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional powerhouses vie for the upper hand in wars in Syria and Yemen. Saudi King Salman told leaders from across the 22-member Arab League that Iran was to blame for instability and meddling […]