Iowa administrator testifies fired coaches often gay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A former University of Iowa athletic administrator said Wednesday that during her tenure she became concerned after noticing that female coaches who were fired were often gay and had become more open about their sexuality. Jane Meyer testified about Iowa coaches as her case continued in Des Moines, where jurors are considering her claim that she suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with a Hawkeye coach.

Transgender woman sues Idaho over birth certificate policy

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A transgender woman is suing Idaho in federal court for refusing to change the gender listed on her birth certificate. Most states allow people to change their birth certificate to reflect their gender identity rather than the gender they were assigned at birth. Only Idaho, Kansas, Ohio and Tennessee have policies or laws prohibiting such changes. In the lawsuit, the 28-year-old identified only with the initials F.V.

NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The NCAA has awarded coveted men's basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had "reluctantly" agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties.

The Latest: Letter asks big city mayors to end travel bans

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on friction over North Carolina legislation that critics say allows discrimination against LGBT residents (all times local): 4 p.m. The mayors of some of North Carolina's biggest cities are asking their colleagues across the country to end travel boycotts over a law critics say continues discrimination against LGBT people.

Ex-official's trial to focus on bias claims against Iowa AD

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The former associate athletic director at the University of Iowa will square off against the school in a trial Monday that centers on her claim that she suffered discrimination as a gay female who fought bias in college sports. The trial in a lawsuit brought by Jane Meyer is expected to litigate whether Athletic Director Gary Barta's personnel decisions were necessary judgment calls or tainted by discrimination.

Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Trump administration dropped a lawsuit Friday accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents in response to the state's decision to undo its "bathroom bill." The Justice Department's withdrawal represents the first significant movement in a tangle of legal action over the state's nondiscrimination laws since a deal last month to get rid of House Bill 2.

Connecticut governor will not seek re-election to third term

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, known nationally for seeking stronger gun laws after the Newtown school shooting and for welcoming a Syrian refugee family rebuffed by then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, announced Thursday he won't seek a third term. The 61-year-old Democrat appeared with his wife, Cathy, and the couple's eldest son, Dannel, at an unexpected state Capitol news conference.

California keeps travel ban despite 'bathroom bill' repeal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- California's attorney general says North Carolina's repeal of a strongly criticized "bathroom bill" doesn't protect LGBT people from discrimination. Consequently, he says the country's most-populous state will continue its ban on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. Attorney General Xavier Becerra (ha-vee-AIR buh-CEH-rah) announced the decision in a statement Wednesday.

NBA says Charlotte is eligible to host 2019 All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte will be eligible to host the 2019 NBA All-Star Game after a compromise deal to replace a North Carolina law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people, the league's commissioner said Friday. "It's not a done deal yet," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "The most recent change in the law does not mean the fundamental issues are resolved.

LGBT worker ruling could boost push for Nebraska protections

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska lawmakers who have sought for four years to ban discrimination against LGBT workers are emboldened by a new federal court decision linking such protections to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the sponsor said Thursday. While the statewide nondiscrimination measure still faces long odds in the conservative-dominated Legislature, the ruling Tuesday by the 7th Circuit in Chicago gave supporters some extra ammunition to make their case.

North Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ April 3 The News & Observer on the North Carolina 'bathroom bill': Gov. Roy Cooper and the business people who helped put together the compromise that repealed the infamous HB2 are catching heat for it, probably more than they deserve.

Despite gains, LGBT protections remain a patchwork in US

A federal appeals court in Chicago, citing the Civil Rights Act, has ruled that companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. It's the latest in a long series of court rulings, state legislation and local ordinances expanding rights and protections for LGBT. But nationwide, in the absence of comprehensive federal legislation, the protections are available only on a patchwork basis.

Gay rights organizations hail court ruling as 'game changer'

CHICAGO (AP) -- Companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a "game changer." The 8-to-3 decision Tuesday by the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is likely to lead to a battle before the Supreme Court over the interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The Latest: Dissenting judges criticize LGBT workers' ruling

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Latest on a federal appeals court in Chicago ruling the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination (all times local): 8:10 p.m. A dissenting opinion criticizes the majority on a Chicago federal appeals court for becoming the first to rule that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. The 8-to-3 decision Tuesday by the full 7th U.S.

Court: Civil Rights law prohibits discrimination of LGBT

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Tuesday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, setting up a likely battle before the Supreme Court as gay rights advocates push to broaden the scope of the 53-year-old law. The 8-to-3 decision by the full 7th U.S.

AP source: NBA board to discuss Charlotte as All-Star host

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the plans says the NBA will discuss whether to bring the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte at its Board of Governors meeting this week. The person tells The Associated Press that the NBA board was already planning to discuss the matter at its meeting Thursday, though it's not known if a decision will be made.

US Rep. Joe Kennedy urges NCAA to keep NC sports boycott

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The latest member of the Kennedy clan in Congress is urging the NCAA to continue steering championship sporting events away from North Carolina over the refusal of politicians to allow local laws that protect LGBT residents from discrimination. U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts said Monday he's speaking up because he says last week's law repealing House Bill 2 still violates civil rights for transgender people.