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Spears case drives California bid to limit conservatorships

DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disability rights activists and advocates for Britney Spears backed a California proposal Wednesday to provide more protections for those under court-ordered conservatorships, while promoting less-restrictive alternatives. Their move came as the volatile Spears case again boiled over in a Los Angeles County courtroom. The hearing to settle…

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Stacey Abrams: Voting rights legislation can be passed

SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams used a Wednesday campaign stop in Atlanta to applaud the push for voting rights in Congress and express support for President Joe Biden. Abrams was noticeably absent from Biden’s visit last week to Atlanta, where he called for an end to the filibuster to pass voting…

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Bill focuses on increasing supplier diversity in wind and solar projects

Utility companies would be required to submit annual diversity reports GRACE KINNICUTT
 Capitol News Illinois
 SPRINGFIELD – Aiming to increase diversity in wind and solar jobs, a proposed measure in the Illinois General Assembly would require more transparent reporting on the level of participation of minority-owned businesses in clean energy jobs.  Rep. William Davis, D-Hazel…

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Army Corps to spend $732M on Mississippi River lock upgrade

MICHAEL PHILLIS Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps said it will spend $732 million to expand a lock and dam system to help barges more efficiently transport millions of tons of corn, soybeans and other goods along the Mississippi River. The lock expansion was part of the Biden administration’s broader announcement…

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Drew Peterson’s hearing on murder conviction appeal delayed

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A hearing on a motion seeking to dismiss former Chicago-area police sergeant Drew Peterson’s 2012 conviction for killing his third wife has been postponed until next month. Peterson’s motion to toss out his first-degree murder conviction in the death of Kathleen Savio was scheduled for a hearing on Friday, but the…

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Judge heard on video mocking lawyer removed from court

DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge who made sexist comments about an attorney during a conversation in his courtroom that he did not realize was being broadcast live on YouTube has been removed from the bench, officials announced Wednesday. In an order released to the media, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy…

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Pope to soon declare 37th doctor of the church: St. Irenaeus

ROME (AP) — A 2nd-century saint known as a bridge between eastern and western Christianity took another step Thursday toward being declared a doctor of the church, one of the highest honors in the Catholic Church. The head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, told Pope Francis that the office’s members had agreed…

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Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope

GEIR MOULSON Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany’s Munich diocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. The law firm that drew up the report said that Benedict strongly denies any wrongdoing. The findings, though,…

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New Illinois crime law is put to the test.

Chicago Tribune With crime spiking across the state, both parties in Springfield find themselves wrestling with a life-and-death issue that’s begging for problem-solvers, not demagoguery. Yet politics is never far behind. In Illinois, the issue provides an obvious target for Republicans, who have too little power at this point to bear much of the blame.…

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