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Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate.
More than 50 companies and business organizations, including some in Texas, released an open le ... (full story)

Judge retires after career of empowering overlooked populations

Some people are naturally drawn to helping others. For decades, one northwest Ohio judge used her platform to give a voice to those who couldn’t be heard.
Lucas County Juvenile Judge Connie Zemmelman recently retired after 14 years on the bench and prior service as a probate court magistrate and private attorney.
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Virus, technology, unrest make stressful year for teachers

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MANOR, Texas (AP) — The school bell rings, and about a dozen masked first-graders turn to the monitor and wave hello to their classmates — each a tiny Zoom square representing the other half of the class. The teacher — standing behind a plexiglass wall — shares her screen, grabs a pointer, juggles a laptop, p ... (full story)

White farmers sue seeking government loan forgiveness

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of Midwestern farmers sued the federal government recently alleging they can't participate in a COVID-19 loan forgiveness program because they're white.
The group of plaintiffs includes farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Ohio. According to the lawsuit, the Biden administration' ... (full story)

Records: Ma'Khia Bryant's sister sought help before shooting

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The younger sister of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant called 911 a few weeks before Bryant's fatal shooting by a Columbus police officer, saying the girls had been in a fight with each other and she wanted to leave their foster home, records show.
"I don't want to be here no more," the girl told a poli ... (full story)