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In a Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown, in Plains, Ga. Carter's battle with cancer, which put a spotlight on his faith and led to an outpouring of support, is among the state's top stories of 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Jimmy Carter: ‘I would choose Trump’

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump isn’t shying away from recent praise by Jimmy Carter, saying the former Democratic president has “good taste” after he chose the business magnate over Sen. Ted Cruz as his favorite GOP candidate.

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Missouri defends law capping cities' traffic ticket revenue

- Associated Press

A new Missouri law overhauling the state's municipal courts and police departments violates the separation of powers, defies the state constitution's limits on unfunded mandates and unfairly singles out the St. Louis area, an attorney representing 12 St. Louis County municipalities told a courtroom Friday.

New Mexico Senate Democratic Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, center, with Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque, left, and state Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, right, discusses plans at Sanchez's law office in Los Lunas, N.M., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015,  to pass a REAL ID compliant driver's license bill. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

New Mexico REAL ID bipartisan compromise passes 2nd test

- Associated Press

Following an emotional meeting where senators revealed they were getting racist emails, a second Senate committee passed Friday a bipartisan proposal aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

Court rejects AG Kane's request to reinstate law license

- Associated Press

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's law license will remain suspended after the state's highest court on Friday denied her request to have it reinstated while she fights criminal charges of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it.

This photo taken Jan. 20, 2016, shows Rick Waynick, or "Rollover Rick" as he is known among the regulars who fish at Rollover Pass in the Bolivar Peninsula, getting in some late day fishing before sundown Wednesday. Waynick has been fishing at the popular waterway between the Gulf and East Bay for 30 years and has a number of reasons why he believes the pass should remain open. The Galveston County Commissioners Court recently voted to close Rollover Pass, which is part of the land owned by the Galveston Rod, Reel, and Gun Club. After sealing the connecting waterway, plans may be to build a state or county park with fishing piers extending out into the Gulf. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)

Critics dispute plans to change Rollover Pass near Galveston

- Associated Press

A coalition led by owners of property that includes Rollover Pass and land on either side of the man-made channel connecting East Galveston Bay to the Gulf of Mexico says it is prepared to fight a last-ditch legal battle to prevent the state from closing and filling what has been a hugely popular public fishing site and the focus of environmental, economic and public safety concerns since it was created more than 60 years ago.

Utah plans to repeal guest worker law that never took effect

- Associated Press

Five years after Utah passed a guest worker law lauded as a compassionate approach to address immigrants living in the country illegally, the state is seeking to repeal the never-implemented program.

Daugaard proposes oversight overhaul after GEAR UP scandal

- Associated Press

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is proposing an overhaul of oversight for state government entities and outside organizations that receive grants through the state after a murder-suicide last year involving two employees of a Platte-based educational cooperative.

2nd group of Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica flown out

- Associated Press

A second group of Cuban migrants was traveling through Central America toward the United States on Friday after being stranded in Costa Rica for months when Nicaragua closed its border to them.

Massachusetts Gov. Baker endorses Christie in GOP primary

- Associated Press

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican presidential primary on Friday, arguing that Christie is best suited to govern in Washington's highly partisan environment.

New Mexico considers creation of ethics commission

Associated Press

New Mexico is moving closer than ever toward creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct and campaign finances of public officials, lobbyists and state contractors.