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High court again rejects GOP-drawn maps

By Julie Carr Smyth Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A frustrated Ohio Supreme Court rejected Republican-drawn Statehouse maps for a fifth time Wednesday, extending the string of GOP defeats in a redistricting process that has ground the state’s legislative primaries to a ...

Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school

By Acacia Coronado and Jim Vertuno Associated Press UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, a witness said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre ...

Ice cream socials upcoming

By Michele Newbanks Staff Reporter Around the area, ice cream socials are a summertime staple, gathering residents from around the community to raise money for their local fire departments. Social season kicks off next month at the Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department in Lower Salem, ...

Infrastructure plan: $33M to clean up hundreds of oil wells

By Janet McConaughey Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About $33 million of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan recently signed into law by President Joe Biden will go toward cleanning up 277 of an estimated 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells on federal land, the nation’s ...

Courts stymie abortion bans in Iowa, other states

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With a staunch anti-abortion Republican governor and large GOP legislative majorities, Iowa would seem poised to ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. There’s just one catch: a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that established the right to ...

Sources: Biden to sign police order on Floyd anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress deadlocked over how to address racism and excessive use of force, President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order on policing Wednesday, the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death, according to three people familiar with the matter. The decision ...