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Jul 24, 2023

New climate law boosts clean energy technology

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Excessive heat continues to bear down on sections of the United States, a reminder of the impetus for the The Inflation Reduction Act, the significant climate legislation that turns one year old on August 16. Since passage, it has boosted the U.S. transition to renewable energy, accelerated green domestic manufacturing, and made it more affordable for consumers to make clim[...]

Jul 24, 2023

Female athlete sues Northwestern in hazing case

CHICAGO (AP) — The hazing scandal at Northwestern University has widened to include a member of the school's volleyball team. The former player on Monday became the first female athlete to sue the university over allegations she was retaliated against by the coach for reporting her mistreatment. The player, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, says she was physically harmed to the point of req[...]

Jul 24, 2023

Change in state’s high court leaves Dems hopeful

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Supreme Court will flip from majority conservative to liberal control next month and Democrats have high hopes the change will lead to the state's abortion ban being overturned and maps redrawn to weaken GOP control of the Legislature and congressional districts. Democrats in the perennial battleground state focused on abortion to win an April election resulting [...]

Jul 24, 2023

Cooper vetoes charter school oversight bill

RALEIGH (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed another bill related to operating North Carolina charter schools. The one he vetoed Friday would ease enrollment growth caps for these nontraditional public schools and allow county commissioners to give them property tax proceeds for capital projects. Earlier this month Cooper blocked a measure that would transfer approving new charters from [...]

Jul 24, 2023

NC jobless rate drops to 3.3% in June

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's unemployment rate fell to 3.3% for June. The state Commerce Department announced the figure on Friday. It compares to a seasonally adjusted rate of 3.4% in May. This continues a steady decline that began late last year. The last month-over-month increase based on revised figures occurred last August. The national rate was 3.6% in June. The commerce office re[...]

Jul 24, 2023

Alabama redistricting fight shifts back to federal court

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The fight over Alabama's congressional map is shifting back to federal court after Republican lawmakers declined to create a second majority-Black congressional district. Lawmakers adopted new lines after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a finding that the previous map likely violated the federal Voting Rights Act. The new plans boosts the percentage of Black voters in a con[...]

Jul 24, 2023

Taxpayer blames $600K penalty on deceased lawyer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The estate of a Middletown, Rhode Island, businessman has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court claiming the Internal Revenue Service wrongfully refused to fully refund $600,000 in late-filing penalties allegedly attributable to the negligence of the estate’s now-deceased lawyer.

Jul 24, 2023

Clinic ordered to pay almost $6M over false asbestos claims

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a health clinic in a Montana town plagued by deadly asbestos contamination must pay the government almost $6 million in penalties and damages after submitting hundreds of false asbestos claims. The 337 false claims made patients eligible for Medicare and other benefits they shouldn't have received. The judgement against the Center for Asbestos Relate[...]

Jul 24, 2023

Hate crime charge from spitting incident dismissed

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed hate crime and other charges against a white woman who spat on a Black woman during competing protests at the Connecticut state Capitol in 2021. The victim, Keren Prescott, says the outcome Friday is like being spit on once again. The defendant, Yuliya Gilshteyn, was allowed to enter a special probation program for first-time offenders. It let her avo[...]

Jul 21, 2023

Icons & Phenoms ’23 photo highlights

This prestigious event celebrates the achievements and contributions of the region’s more accomplished and promising legal professionals. With over 30 winners being recognized this year, it’s an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to gain insight into the industry, network with esteemed colleagues, and celebrate the best in the legal profession. The icon honorees and their firms […]

Jul 21, 2023

‘Express purpose’ not ‘sole purpose’  

By Nick Hurston  The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a military servicemember’s claim that the financing of additional insurance as part of his car loan wasn’t for “the express purpose” of purchasing the car and, thus, was subject to the Military Lending Act, or MLA.  On appeal, the servicemember […]

Jul 21, 2023

May ’24 trial date set in Trump documents case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Florida has set a trial date for next May for former President Donald Trump in a case charging him with illegally retaining hundreds of classified documents. The May 20, 2024, trial date was set Friday by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon. It is a compromise between a request from prosecutors to set the trial for this coming December, and a request from defen[...]

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