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FILE - Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson is shown in this Jan. 19, 2011, file photo at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Sorenson pleaded guilty Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucus campaign. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

After Sorenson case, lawmakers back ethics rules

- Associated Press

Legislative leaders in Iowa have no immediate plans to change ethics rules governing political work after a former state senator admitted to lying about receiving payments to switch his support from one Republican presidential candidate to another.

Report: Ga. governments have weak nepotism rules

Associated Press

Local governments in metro Atlanta have hired at least 770 relatives of current employees during the last three years, according to an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

- Associated Press

The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.

Beach replenishment project may not start on time

- Associated Press

Residents on the northern barrier island in Ocean County will have to sweat out another hurricane and nor'easter season before they receive the added protection of a federally funded beach replenishment project.

Judge: McComb gets neglected cemetery

Associated Press

The judge's bench was a folding table and a folding chair was the witness stand when a Pike County judge turned Greenwood Cemetery over to the City of McComb.

This Jan. 14, 2013 photo shows Attorney Adam Laxalt introducing his family, wife Jaime and their daughter Sophia at the Republican Men's Club luncheon at the Atlantis Resort-Reno.  Nevada's attorney general candidates start with three priceless political ingredients,  presidential good looks, law degrees and a pedigree in state politics. Democrat Ross Miller's father was Nevada's longest-serving governor.  Laxalt's grandfather was former governor and two-term Sen. Paul Laxalt. (AP Photo/Gazette Journal, Andy Barron)

Candidates culled from Nevada political elites

- Associated Press

Nevada's attorney general candidates start with three priceless political ingredients - presidential good looks, law degrees and a pedigree in state politics.