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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. Photo: Stephen Yang/Getty Images

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) on Wednesday vetoed a bill passed to prevent transgender students from taking part in K-12 school sports.

Why it matters: The bill was one of over 50 in 28 states introduced this year to exclude transgender youth from playing sports on teams that align with their gender identity.

Details: The bill stipulated that public schools couldn't "knowingly allow an individual of the opposite sex" to join an all-boys' or all-girls' team.

  • Burgum said in his veto message the state "has a level playing field and fairness in girls' sports" and there's "not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls' team," per the Bismarck Tribune.

What they're saying: ACLU of North Dakota campaigns director Libby Skarin welcomed the veto, saying in a statement the bill "was never about leveling the playing field" for student athletes.

  • "It was obvious from the beginning that this discriminatory legislation was about creating solutions to problems that don’t exist and, in the process, harming some of the most vulnerable people in our state," she added.

Go deeper: 2021 sees a record number of bills targeting trans youth

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DOJ reviewing Trump-era policies on trans inmate housing

Department of Justice. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Justice Department is in the process of reviewing its housing policies for transgender inmates in the federal prison system, Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: Former President Trump in 2018 rolled back protections for transgender prisoners, saying that housing facilities would be assigned based on "biological sex" with gender identity being considered "in rare cases."

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Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance

Former Utah Jazz player John Stockton during a 2017 press conference in Salt Lake City. Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Gonzaga University suspended the season tickets of notable alumni John Stockton after the NBA Hall of Famer failed to comply with the school's basketball games mask mandate, the Spokesman-Review first reported.

Driving the news: "Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit," the former Utah Jazz point guard told the outlet in an interview Saturday.

Updated 4 hours ago - World

State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, undersecretary for political affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. chargés d'affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and nonessential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten the embassy's ability to assist Americans.