Special interest groups

May 20, 2018 - 10:40 am
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A national advocacy group has designated a Columbus bicycle shop as the most bike-friendly business in Georgia. The designation awarded to Ride On Bikes by the League of American Bicyclists has little to do with what the shop sells, or that it was the only bike shop in downtown...
Read More
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018 file photo, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda take part in an AP interview in Kirkland, Wash. Gates' non-profit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press 2018 analysis of its grants. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
May 16, 2018 - 8:01 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His non-profit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape...
Read More
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference near the border with Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, May 7, 2018, in San Diego. Sessions discussed immigration enforcement during his Southern California visit Monday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
May 07, 2018 - 9:00 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A "zero-tolerance" policy toward people who enter the United States illegally may cause families to be separated while parents are prosecuted, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would refer all arrests for illegal entry...
Read More
FILE- In this April 27, 2010 file photo, a woman using a cell phone walks past T-Mobile and Sprint stores in New York. T-Mobile and Sprint are trying again to combine in a deal that would reshape the U.S. wireless landscape, the companies announced Sunday, April 29, 2018 (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
April 30, 2018 - 10:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Sprint-T-Mobile deal (all times local): 11 a.m. Consumer advocacy groups are worried that T-Mobile's bid for Sprint will likely lead to higher cellphone plans because there's less competition. The watchdog group Common Cause says low-income consumers seeking more...
Read More
April 20, 2018 - 10:59 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In a story April 19 about an Illinois bill concerning school resource officers, The Associated Press misstated the name of a poverty advocacy group. It is the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, not the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law. The AP also...
Read More
In this June 3, 2015 photo made available by NC WARN, workers install a solar power system on the roof of Faith Community Church in Greensboro, NC. The installation and the electricity the panels generated prompted a dispute being considered by the North Carolina Supreme Court that will be heard on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. State utilities regulators have ruled the group that funded the $20,000 cost of the solar panels violated state law protecting regulated monopoly electric utilities was illegally producing electricity "for the public." The group, NC WARN, says it was an allowable private power agreement with the church alone. ( NC WARN via AP)
April 17, 2018 - 12:47 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court is considering whether a clean-energy advocacy group illegally sold solar power to one church to undercut the monopoly power of the state's electric utilities. The state Supreme Court on Tuesday sorted through differing descriptions of the 2015...
Read More
April 13, 2018 - 3:17 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Right-leaning media personalities along with several of North Carolina's top Republican elected officials are on the speaker's list for a conservative advocacy group's annual conference. More than 400 people were expected to attend the two-day Conservative Leadership Conference...
Read More
David Dodson, president of MDC, which was formerly known as Manpower Development Corporation, a nonprofit group, smiles at his office after presenting the findings of MDC's State of the South 2018 report in Durham, NC., Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Among the report's findings was that the South's increasingly diverse homegrown talent pool won't share in the region's economic growth unless leaders in the 13 southern recommit to spending on public schools and higher education. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)
April 10, 2018 - 11:29 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — As teachers in multiple states protest for better pay, a new study warns that the fast-growing South region must invest more in public schools and higher education to ensure its homegrown talent shares in its economic prosperity. The State of the South 2018 report, released...
Read More
David Dodson, president of MDC, which was formerly known as Manpower Development Corporation, a nonprofit group, smiles at his office after presenting the findings of MDC's State of the South 2018 report in Durham, NC., Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Among the report's findings was that the South's increasingly diverse homegrown talent pool won't share in the region's economic growth unless leaders in the 13 southern recommit to spending on public schools and higher education. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)
April 10, 2018 - 4:11 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The South's increasingly diverse homegrown talent won't share in the region's economic growth unless state leaders commit to spending more on public schools and higher education, according to a study released Tuesday. The State of the South 2018 report found that 13 states...
Read More
Trader Craig Esposito, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street as an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China poses a threat to global economic growth and corporate profits. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
April 04, 2018 - 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-China trade tensions (all times local): ___ 3:00 p.m. The American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group, says China's threatened tariffs would come down hard on U.S. chemical companies. The group says 40 percent of the products China said it would target...
Read More

Pages