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State Sen. Campbell disputes DUI, says he wasn't driving

State Sen. Campbell disputes DUI, says he wasn’t driving

Troopers say a South Carolina state senator charged with driving under the influence had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit, but Sen. Paul Campbell said that doesn’t matter because he wasn’t driving. Campbell’s blood-alcohol level was 0.09 percent on a breath test taken at the Charleston County jail after the Saturday night crash, Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said. The legal limit in South Carolina is 0.08 percent. Campbell and his wife, Vicki, were also charged with providing fal…
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Lawyer: Legislators don’t have to give up documents in suit

Mississippi legislators are telling a federal judge that they shouldn’t have to turn over documents about their 2016 vote to shift control of Jackson’s airports to a new board mostly appointed by state officials. Mike Wallace, an attorney for eight lawmakers, on Monday argued before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball that his clients are protected from having to turn over any documents by a principle known as legislative privilege. That means lawmakers can’t be hauled into court for anything they…
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Voters to decide new governor, Legislature, ballot questions

New Jersey voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick the successor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie and a new Legislature. They’ll also weigh in on how much money should be spent from the funds collected from lawsuit settlements involving the cleanup of natural resources and whether to approve borrowing for libraries. Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are the two top party candidates for governor. Five third-party and independent candidates also are on the ballot. Experts …
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Slain man was shot in back by police, death certificate says

The death certificate for a black man killed by police in Kansas’ capital city in September says he died from gunshot wounds to his back. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that it obtained a copy of Dominique White’s death certificate Saturday. The document isn’t a public record. Topeka police said initially that White was shot after a struggle and that at least one shot struck his chest. The death certificate lists “gunshot wounds of back” as the immediate cause of death for White, who was 30…
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Lawmakers fail to override veto of legal marijuana bill

Maine lawmakers failed Monday to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana, dealing a setback to pot advocates who want to see the product in stores. Lawmakers needed a two-thirds majority in both chambers Monday evening to override the veto and fell well short. The result means lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing board in January to craft rules governing the sale of marijuana in Maine. The result came after LePage urged lawmakers …
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