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City Officials in Ohio Inform Residents They Were Overtaxed for 15 Years

on January 26, 2023, 7:08 AM / in State News

In a letter to Rittman, Ohio, residents, city officials announced that they overtaxed municipal income tax for the past 15 years, and refunds will not be given for all the years of human error because doing so would “bankrupt” the city. In particular, Rittman has been collecting municipal income taxes for the past 15 years at a rate of 1.5 percent when […]

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Court Settlement Lowers Tennessee Concealed Carry Age to 18

Court Settlement Lowers Tennessee Concealed Carry Age to 18

on January 26, 2023, 6:55 AM / in State News

by Jon Styf | Tennessee Star Those who are 18 to 20 can now openly carry firearms in Tennessee after a settlement was reached between the Firearms Policy Coalition and the state. The settlement came as the result of a suit following Tennessee’s law on open carry restricting those who are 18 to 21 from being part of the allowance. […]

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Memphis barber shot, killed while on house call

on January 26, 2023, 6:41 AM / in State News

WREG MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A family and community are grieving after a barber was fatally shot while cutting hair on a house call in Southeast Memphis. A bright light shines above the chair where Darwin Hill lived out of dreams of being an all-star barber. The 29-year-old’s life was cut short around 1:30 a.m. Saturday while doing what he loved — cutting […]

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Environmental activist Pearson wins race to succeed the late Rep. Barbara Cooper

Environmental activist Pearson wins race to succeed the late Rep. Barbara Cooper

on January 26, 2023, 6:35 AM / in State News

TNJ Environmental activist Justin Pearson won the Democratic primary to succeed the late Rep. Barbara Cooper (D-Memphis) in the Tennessee House. There were no Republicans or independents running for the District 86 seat. The Shelby County Commission was expected to meet Wednesday to vote on whether to name Pearson to the House seat on an interim basis until the March […]

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Hobbs Allegedly Withheld Evidence in Hamadeh Trial, AG Changes Election Unit

Hobbs Allegedly Withheld Evidence in Hamadeh Trial, AG Changes Election Unit

on January 26, 2023, 6:32 AM / in State News

by Natalia Mittelstadt Amid allegations that Arizona Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs withheld evidence last year as secretary of state during an election trial regarding the state attorney general race, new Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes is shifting the focus of the AG’s election integrity unit to voter suppression. Former Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright, who served in the civil […]

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Mom of 3 ‘violently’ sucked into plane engine was warned to stay back: NTSB

on January 26, 2023, 6:26 AM / in State News

An Alabama airport worker who was sucked into a plane engine was pulled in so violently that it shook the entire aircraft, killing her after she had been repeatedly warned to keep her distance, federal investigators found. Mom of three Courtney Edwards, 34, has been identified as the ground handling agent who was killed in the accident at Montgomery Regional Airport on […]

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Youngkin Pitches His $1 Billion Tax Cut Package to Supporters at Rally

Youngkin Pitches His $1 Billion Tax Cut Package to Supporters at Rally

on January 25, 2023, 8:11 AM / in State News

RICHMOND, Virginia – Governor Glenn Youngkin spoke at a rally on Monday where he shot hoops with children and called for his supporters to pressure their legislators to support the tax relief package included in his budget amendment proposal. “We can pay for this. We have an expected surplus. We’re projecting continued excess revenues. We can afford this and we can […]

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Capital Buzz ‘Pave the way’: Rep. Jacobsen bills would ease rules to build homes in Washington; Amid uproar over Tenino sex offender housing, lawmakers work on bill to prevent similar situations

Capital Buzz ‘Pave the way’: Rep. Jacobsen bills would ease rules to build homes in Washington; Amid uproar over Tenino sex offender housing, lawmakers work on bill to prevent similar situations

on January 24, 2023, 8:40 AM / in State News

THE CURRENT | A WASHINGTON HOUSE REPUBLICAN EMAIL UPDATE The Current | January 20 CAPITOL CALENDAR RADIO/AUDIO Capitol Calendar | January 23-27 (SoundCloud) VIDEO UPDATE Week two review with House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox | January 20 (YouTube) ABORTION On 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, many in Seattle continue fight for federal abortion rights (MyNorthwest) Participants in Yakima Walk […]

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Tennessee’s ban on 18-20 year olds obtaining handgun permits declared unconstitutional.

Tennessee’s ban on 18-20 year olds obtaining handgun permits declared unconstitutional.

on January 24, 2023, 8:38 AM / in State News

On January 23, 2023, an agreed order was filed in the federal case styled Beeler v. Long, U.S. District E.D. TN 3:21-cv152 (opinion included in full on TFA website) in which the Tennessee Attorney General agreed with the Plaintiffs that Tennessee’s ban on 18-20 year olds to get handgun permits was unconstitutional. In 2021, Governor Bill Lee pushed an “administration bill” through […]

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Two students killed in shooting at Iowa school for at-risk kids, ‘multiple suspects’ in custody

on January 24, 2023, 8:33 AM / in State News

New York Post Two students were killed and the founder of an educational program for at-risk youth was injured in a “targeted” shooting at a Des Moines school on Monday afternoon,  authorities said. The deadly shooting took place at the educational program Starts Right Here, which was founded by local rapper William Holmes, and is connected to the Des Moines […]

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Murdaugh Trial Begins

Murdaugh Trial Begins

on January 24, 2023, 8:04 AM / in State News

The trial of former South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, charged with the June 2021 double homicide of his wife and son, began yesterday. Murdaugh is accused of shooting his son, Paul, and his wife, Maggie, June 7, 2021, near the dog kennels on their hunting estate in Islandton, South Carolina (see map). Prosecutors have suggested he killed his family to distract attention from […]

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Final report of Ga. grand jury investigating Trump may be released soon

on January 24, 2023, 7:52 AM / in State News

In Georgia, the findings of a 26-member special-purpose Fulton County grand jury could soon be released. Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney has scheduled a hearing today to determine whether to make public the grand jury’s final report after it spent eight months reviewing evidence in a criminal investigation into whether former President Trump and his allies broke the law when they sought to […]

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7 dead after shootings at two California farms, suspect in custody

7 dead after shootings at two California farms, suspect in custody

on January 24, 2023, 7:44 AM / in State News

By David Propper | New York Post A “disgruntled worker” allegedly killed seven coworkers and injured another in shootings at a pair of nurseries in the Northern California city of Half Moon Bay on Monday afternoon, officials and reports said. The suspect, identified as 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, later turned himself in to authorities following the bloodshed that came just two days […]

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Dhillon Insurgency in GOP Chair Race Gathering Steam

on January 23, 2023, 8:17 AM / in State News

(Chuck Muth) – There’s a heated race going on right now for the chairman’s position at the Republican National Committee (RNC) between incumbent chair Ronna McDaniel, California Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, and MyPillow’s Mike Lindell. The election is scheduled to be held this Friday at the RNC’s Winter Meeting in Dana Point, CA. As the RNC has a tradition of […]

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Hobbs, Mayes Temporarily Halt Death Penalty in Arizona

on January 23, 2023, 8:09 AM / in State News

by Cameron Arcand | Arizona Star Gov. Katie Hobbs issued an executive order on Friday to review the death penalty process in Arizona, while a stay from Attorney General Kris Mayes halts it for the time. Hobbs will be selecting an “independent review commissioner” to investigate “all components” of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, & Reentry’s “execution process for […]

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Republican Rep. Nancy Mace Criticizes ‘Far-Right’ For ‘Attacking’ Her Over Major Political Issue

Republican Rep. Nancy Mace Criticizes ‘Far-Right’ For ‘Attacking’ Her Over Major Political Issue

on January 23, 2023, 7:49 AM / in State News

By NICOLE SILVERIO | DAILY CALLER Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace criticized the “far-right” Sunday for allegedly attacking her stance on abortion. The representative said the “far-right” and the “far-left” are out of touch with the majority of Americans on abortion, and stated that the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June and Republicans calling for abortion bans hurt the party […]

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Benefactor’s Family Demands Refund After University of Richmond Removes Name from Law School

on January 23, 2023, 7:32 AM / in State News

by Rafael Oliveira | Star News The University of Richmond recently removed the name of T.C. Williams, an early benefactor, from its law school because of his alleged ownership of slaves in the 19th century. But his descendants say Williams contributed to the demise of slavery and now argue the university should refund Williams’ previously donated money to the institution. […]

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Tennessee Senate Education Chair Files Bill That Gives Local Districts Flexibility on Class Size

on January 23, 2023, 7:22 AM / in State News

Tennessee Star State Senator Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol), who serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee, filed legislation that would lift classroom size limits for k-12 schools. SB0197, if made law, would repeal the existing maximum class sizes, maximum class size averages, student-teacher ratios, and the prohibition against split-grade classes established by law. It would authorize each local education agency (LEA) […]

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12 people injured, 1 critical in ‘targeted’ shooting at Louisiana nightclub

12 people injured, 1 critical in ‘targeted’ shooting at Louisiana nightclub

on January 23, 2023, 7:20 AM / in State News

By Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — A dozen people were injured in a Baton Rouge nightclub shooting, authorities in Louisiana said Sunday. One of the victims is in critical condition, police said. No arrests have been made, but police believe the early morning attack was “targeted.” “This was not a random act of violence, based on the preliminary investigating efforts,” […]

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10 dead, at least 10 injured in mass shooting in Monterey Park outside of Los Angeles

10 dead, at least 10 injured in mass shooting in Monterey Park outside of Los Angeles

on January 22, 2023, 8:34 AM / in State News

By Jesse O’Neill and Alec Gearty | New York Post Ten people were killed and “at least” ten others were wounded outside Los Angeles when an unidentified gunman opened fire as revelers celebrated the Lunar New Year Saturday night, according to police. The shooting occurred at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park at 10:22 p.m., police said. The city of 61,000 is […]

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