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Heather Heyer remembered at Charlottesville memorial

Heather Heyer funeralFamily, friends and officials in Virginia gathered in Charlottesville on Wednesday to remember Heather Heyer, the woman killed in a car attack at the white supremacist rally there last weekend.

Virginia officials including Gov. Terry McAuliffe attended the memorial service at Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, where white supremacists and neo-Nazis gathered on Saturday for a rally that turned violent.

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Baltimore removes Confederate statues in wake of Charlottesville

Baltimore removes Confederate statues overnightBaltimore removed several Confederate statues early Wednesday, just days after violent protests erupted in Charlottesville, Va., over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The Baltimore City Council voted Monday to remove four Confederate statues from public parks around the city,The Baltimore Sun reported. Early Wednesday, police accompanied crews who removed the statues from their bases and loaded them onto trucks.

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Federal court: Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood money

Planned parenthood funds can be cut in Arkansas: Fed CourtA federal appeals court panel has ruled that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

A 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday vacated preliminary injunctions a federal judge issued preventing the state from suspending any Medicaid payments for patients who receive services from Planned Parenthood.

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Federal court invalidates part of Texas congressional map

Texas congressional districts unconstitutionalFederal judges invalidated two Texas congressional districts Tuesday, ruling that they must be fixed by either the Legislature or a federal court.

A three-judge panel in San Antonio unanimously ruled that Congressional Districts 27 and 35 violate the U.S. Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act.

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Texas governor signs bill to limit insurance coverage for abortions

Texas statehouseThe Republican governor of Texas signed into law on Tuesday a measure that will restrict insurance coverage for abortions, compelling women to buy a supplemental plan if they want coverage for the procedure.

Governor Greg Abbott said the measure known as House Bill 214 would protect abortion opponents from subsidizing the procedure. Democratic critics decried it as forcing people to buy "rape insurance."

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KKK groups are growing in Florida, even as they rise and fall across the U.S.

Klan growing in FloridaFor many people, hate groups are more an abstract concept than a real, physical threat. But they’re growing – both in the U.S. and Florida specifically – and the Charlottesville, Virginia attack that killed one woman and injured several people shows their destructive capabilities.

The KKK, the oldest and most infamous hate group, reached its most recent low point in 2014, when there were 72 local groups. It exploded to 190 groups in 2015, and then dropped back to 130 in 2016, according to the nonpartisan civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center.

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FBI agents went undercover in Florida's capital for the 'biggest investigation in years'

FBI agents investigate Florida dealsBuff, bearded and handsome, Atlanta developer Mike Miller sat sipping a cocktail one afternoon last summer outside the spiffy Power Plant Cafe in the city’s new central park. Relaxed, with shirt collar open, he chatted up the head of the local Community Redevelopment Agency, spinning his grand plans to redevelop a not-yet-gentrified block in the shadow of Florida’s Capitol.

The meeting was one of many Miller had with local elected officials and hot-shot developers, beginning in 2015, when he rolled into the steamy, Spanish-moss draped seat of Florida state government. More south Georgia than South Beach, Tallahassee was hungry for the likes of Miller, an out-of-towner willing to spend millions to revitalize downtown as the capital city ached to rebrand itself as a place open for business.

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