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Stories with subject: Special interest groups
  • Walker releases 82 pages of records following court order 
    Updated: May-27-16 6:33 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker released 82 pages of records he wanted to keep secret after a judge ordered them to be made public Friday.

  • Authorities: Unruly group instigated violence at Trump rally story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-25-16 8:05 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials blamed the downtown melee not on impassioned politics but on an unruly group intent on creating chaos in a city that has seen more than its share of violence.

  • Senate GOP would pay teachers more than House, McCrory 
    Updated: May-25-16 3:28 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina Senate Republicans on Wednesday previewed their plan to pay teachers more than what Gov. Pat McCrory and House members have offered, but didn't provide many details about how they would pay for it.

  • GLAAD responds to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend story has photos
    Updated: May-25-16 12:44 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Captain America snags a kiss from Sharon Carter in the latest Marvel pic, "Captain America: Civil War," but many fans are wishing it was from someone else - specifically, a man.

  • NC arts advocacy group needs volunteer puppeteers 
    Updated: May-23-16 6:17 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Calling all puppeteers!

  • Advocacy groups call for stronger texting ban in Oklahoma 
    Updated: May-22-16 1:53 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Just six months after Oklahoma's ban on texting and driving went into effect, advocacy groups are calling for even broader measures to curb distracted driving.

  • Opponents of offshore seismic testing holding hands on shore 
    Updated: May-21-16 11:08 am

    FOLLY BEACH, South Carolina - Advocacy groups opposed to the use of seismic testing to explore for oil and gas offshore are holding events along the South Carolina coast to air their concerns.

  • Indiana court to hear woman's appeal of feticide conviction 
    Updated: May-21-16 10:33 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - Attorneys for an Indiana woman found guilty of killing the premature infant she delivered after ingesting abortion-inducing drugs will soon ask an appeals court to throw out the convictions that led to her 20-year prison sentence.

  • Some skeptical as backers of asylum seeker welfare prep suit 
    Updated: May-20-16 12:24 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - As defenders of welfare for asylum seekers in Maine get ready for a legal challenge against new rules, advocacy groups are divided about whether the effort can succeed.

  • Consumer groups ask court to reconsider records ruling 
    Updated: May-19-16 6:24 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Consumer advocates asked the Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider a recent ruling that allows lawmakers to ignore requests for emails and other documents that are made under the state's public records law.

  • Wildlife group: Wisconsin environmental fines down sharply 
    Updated: May-18-16 5:34 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin collected dramatically less in penalties for environmental violations last year, according to data a conservation advocacy group released Wednesday.

  • Public records audit details response of New Mexico offices 
    Updated: May-17-16 8:07 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - An audit by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government found it took anywhere from two days to several weeks for many government offices in the state to fulfill public records requests and more than a dozen failed to respond at all.

  • Massachusetts environmental advocacy group sues ExxonMobil 
    Updated: May-17-16 8:05 pm

    BOSTON - A Massachusetts environmental advocacy group is suing ExxonMobil for what it calls "a decades-long campaign to discredit climate change."

  • Complaint: US Border and Customs officers abusing residents 
    Updated: May-17-16 12:45 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and New Mexico face repeated verbal and physical abuse from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Customs officers, including accusations of being prostitutes and the seizure of their legal documents without cause, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by a coalition of advocacy groups.

  • Education group questions Norfolk School Board travel plans 
    Updated: May-13-16 7:10 am

    NORFOLK, Virginia - An education advocacy group is urging the Norfolk School Board to reconsider its plan to spend more than $120,000 on travel during the next school year.

  • Advocacy group calls on Oman to release detained journalist 
    Updated: May-13-16 6:46 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An advocacy group for journalists is asking Oman to release a state radio reporter detained in the country since late April.

  • US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half 
    Updated: May-12-16 1:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade.

  • Governor signs bill protecting Salt River wild horses 
    Updated: May-11-16 5:43 pm

    PHOENIX - A herd of wild horses living near Arizona's Salt River came a step closer to new protections under legislation Gov. Doug Ducey signed on Wednesday.

  • Kansas prosecutor looking into election official's conduct story has photos
    Updated: May-09-16 8:54 pm

    WICHITA, Kansas - A Kansas prosecutor is looking into allegations of misuse of public funds against a top U.S. election executive when he was a county election commissioner in the state, two county officials confirmed Monday.

  • White House on damage control after aide's magazine profile story has photos
    Updated: May-09-16 6:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House on Monday worked to contain the damage caused by one of President Barack Obama's closest aides, who, in a seemingly candid, behind-the-curtain magazine story, ripped the Washington press corps, boasted of creating an "echo chamber" of supporters to sell the Iran nuclear deal and appeared to dismiss long-time foreign policy hands, including Hillary Clinton, as the Blob.

  • Cambodia police detain 8 at peaceful protest against arrests 
    Updated: May-09-16 9:28 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Police in Cambodia detained eight activists, including two Westerners, who wore black clothing in a peaceful protest Monday in support of human rights workers who were jailed last week, a rights advocacy group said. They were released after being held for several hours.

  • Over 2,000 felons registered to vote since rights restored 
    Updated: May-07-16 1:03 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Since Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to restore the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons, more than 2,000 have registered, and advocacy groups hope they can swing the presidential election and state politics for the next decade.

  • Oregon lays out guidelines for transgender students 
    Updated: May-06-16 3:40 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Department of Education has suggested that all transgender students in the state should be able to use whatever names, bathrooms and pronouns they want.

  • Correction: California Marijuana Legalization story story has photos
    Updated: May-05-16 1:17 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - In a story May 4 about a campaign to legalize marijuana in California, The Associated Press misspelled the surname of the state's lieutenant governor in one reference. He is Gavin Newsom, not Newson.

  • Petition urges investigation into US election agency 
    Updated: May-04-16 1:46 pm

    WICHITA, Kansas - More than 116,000 people have signed an online petition urging the inspector general to investigate what it calls voter suppression at a federal government agency entrusted with making voting more accessible.