States try to block access to public records

FILE - This May 29, 2015 file photo shows the Arkansas state Capitol building in Little Rock, Ark. In February 2017, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations. They spent the following weeks debating and, in many cases approving, new exemptions to the law in what critics called an unprecedented attack on the public’s right to know. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations.

WH, black college heads to meet amid strained ties

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. There likely will be few smiles on the faces of presidents of historically black colleges and universities on their second visit to the White House this year. An annual gathering in the nation’s capital for the nation’s HBCUs has been reduced to a two-day summit, further aggravating college officials who are already frustrated with the White House’s slow pace on its promises to them. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidents of historically black colleges and universities are making their second visit to the White House this year amid strains with the Trump administration over promises unkept.

Recovery czar faces limits ‘future-proofing’ Texas

In this Sept. 14, 2017 photo, Commissioner John Sharp walks with Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, right, following a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts at the new FEMA Joint Field Office, in Austin, Texas. Sharp, the recovery czar over Texas' rebuild after Harvey, says his new job is "future-proofing" for the next disaster. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The man tasked with overseeing Texas’ Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as “future-proofing” before the next disaster, but he isn’t empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state’s vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by three major hurricanes since 2006.

AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of Irma

In this Sept. 6, 2017, photo, the Miami Drum Services Superfund cleanup site in a fenced off area behind a rail yard. At least five of the most flood-prone Superfund sites located in South Florida are in various stages of cleanup. Strong winds and driving rains from Irma could damage years of cleanup work completed at the sites and spread contamination, endangering public health by spreading the contamination. As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, the Environmental Protection Agency is emphasizing its efforts to evaluate and prepare some of the nation’s most contaminated toxic waste sites from the risks posed by howling winds and surging water. (AP Photo/ Jason Dearen)

MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation’s most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated personnel, secured equipment and safeguarded hazardous materials in anticipation of storm surges and heavy rains.

Smaller cities face high teen gun violence rates

In this July 27, 2017 photo, Maria Williams stands on her front porch in Wilmington, Del., the day after her teenage son and daughter were shot and wounded while standing on the same porch. As she took cover inside and heard her kids' screams, "All I could think of was, 'I'm not losing another child,'" Williams recalled. Her 18-year-old stepson had been gunned down two years before, another victim of Wilmington's plague of teens shooting teens. His shooter was 17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) — When the shots rang out — “pop, pop, pop,” and then a thunder roll of gunfire — Maria Williams hit the floor.

Trump action on immigrants divide GOP districts

In this Sept. 6, 2017, photo, Anthony Pham, talks in his Monroe, Ga., barber shop. He became a U.S citizen in 1987, five years after he immigrated from Vietnam. Now a business owner and proud Republican in Georgia’s staunchly conservative 10th Congressional District, Pham says he supports maintaining legal status for immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children, the so-called “Dreamers” brought by adult family members. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)

MONROE, Ga. (AP) — Anthony Pham immigrated to the United States in 1982 from Vietnam and became a citizen five years later, after President Ronald Reagan signed an immigration law that sped the legalization process for millions of new Americans.

Trump signs for emergency aid, deal upsets GOP

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, comments to reporters as the House voted overwhelmingly to send a $15.3 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)viernes, 8 de septiembre del 2017. (AP Foto/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.

Connecting Native American foster kids with family

In an Aug. 31, 2017 photo, Bonnie Littlesun poses with three of her grandchildren, DeQuisyan Littlesun, Kayenta Tsosie, and Dominic Roundstone, in Billings, Mont. Bonnie Littlesun is raising eight children, all but one of whom are her grandkids, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. (Casey Page/The Billings Gazette via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Bonnie Littlesun is raising eight children, all but one of whom are her grandkids, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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