- Analysis: Holes and worries emerge in Louisiana's budget Updated: Aug-30-15 4:46 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - As lawmakers patched their way through this year's budget, many of them talked as if they had drawn up a six-month plan, fully expecting Louisiana's next governor to come in with a broader blueprint for fixing the state's financial mess.
- Feds warn officials over end of Planned Parenthood contract Updated: Aug-30-15 3:05 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The federal government is warning state officials that Arkansas may have violated federal law by ending a contract with Planned Parenthood.
- Sheridan planning to hunt city-dwelling deer Updated: Aug-30-15 1:28 pm
SHERIDAN, Wyoming - Deer looking to put down roots in Sheridan find everything they need within city limits: abundant forage, lack of natural predators and plenty of space to settle down and start a family.
- Researcher sees link between pharmacies' output, overdoses Updated: Aug-30-15 12:58 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - New research suggests the Oklahoma pharmacies that filled the most prescriptions for powerful painkillers for the state's Medicaid recipients weren't far from the counties with the most residents who died from those same drugs.
- Main street program seeks to boost Iowa downtowns Updated: Aug-30-15 10:31 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - For Centerville, becoming part of a program that helps enhance historic downtowns could mean spruced up buildings, efforts to attract businesses - and maybe even a chance to convince a few people to move in.
- State program provides grants for snowmobile trail easements Updated: Aug-30-15 4:07 am
LANSING, Michigan - State officials have announced a new grant program for nonprofits and local governments to purchase permanent easements for snowmobile trails.
- Thousands in Indiana could lose food stamps under new rule Updated: Aug-29-15 12:32 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Food pantries and social service agencies across Indiana are bracing for the possibility that up to 50,000 people could lose food stamp benefits this fall unless they comply with a change in federal work and job training requirements.
- State struggles to expand beds for drug treatment programs Updated: Aug-29-15 10:49 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Roughly 40 people wait for treatment at Serenity Place in a given week, hoping for a spot in one of the program's eight beds for drug addiction treatment.
- Open houses scheduled for 2 fully rehabbed Detroit homes Updated: Aug-29-15 4:04 am
DETROIT - Open houses are scheduled for two west side Detroit homes that have been fully rehabbed under a new program between the city, Quicken Loans and Home Depot.
- Planned Parenthood sues Alabama over end to Medicaid funds Updated: Aug-28-15 9:41 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Planned Parenthood Southeast on Friday filed a federal lawsuit over Gov. Robert Bentley's effort to cut off Medicaid payments to the organization's Alabama clinics.
- Judge rejects call to block Walker from expanding Medicaid Updated: Aug-28-15 8:52 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A judge on Friday rejected a request by state lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid in Alaska.
- Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal Updated: Aug-28-15 5:17 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans.
- Arizona lawmaker to lead Nevada anti-school bullying program Updated: Aug-28-15 4:33 pm
PHOENIX - Nevada education officials have tapped an Arizona lawmaker to run a new anti-bullying program championed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
- Arkansas officials again suspend Medicaid cancellations Updated: Aug-28-15 1:59 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas officials on Friday suspended a push to terminate coverage for thousands of people on Medicaid for the second time this month after the federal government told the state to give beneficiaries more time to prove they're eligible.
- Today in Nebraska for September Updated: Aug-28-15 1:38 pm
- Environmentalists press on with Maine lynx trapping lawsuit Updated: Aug-28-15 1:09 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A coalition of environmental groups is pressing ahead with a lawsuit it says will provide more protection for Maine's lynx, despite new trapping restrictions adopted by the state to safeguard the animals.
- Correction: Iran-Nuclear story Updated: Aug-28-15 1:08 pm
VIENNA - In a story Aug. 19 about an arrangement over alleged past nuclear weapons work between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, The Associated Press reported erroneously referred to Parchin as a "nuclear site." In fact, it is a military site where some believe nuclear weapons work may have occurred.
- Arizona solar company to pay $55K to settle consumer lawsuit Updated: Aug-28-15 6:17 am
PHOENIX - Arizona has settled a consumer fraud lawsuit against a solar company accused of calling thousands of people on a no-call registry.
- ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program Updated: Aug-27-15 8:56 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.
- Advocacy group's CEO sees new issues with Kansas welfare law Updated: Aug-27-15 8:50 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Parts of Kansas' new welfare law appear to conflict with federal rules for state child care programs, potentially jeopardizing more than $40 million a year in federal funds, an advocacy group's leader said Thursday.
- Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions Updated: Aug-27-15 8:04 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.
- AP EXCLUSIVE: Chairman promises review of unspent charity Updated: Aug-27-15 7:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press has found, and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee chairman said Thursday that he wants a review of state accounts and will hold a hearing to find out why the money hasn't been spent.
- Ex-lawmaker's role in Iowa Medicaid bidding faces criticism Updated: Aug-27-15 5:11 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A former lawmaker's role is casting doubt on the process used to select companies to manage Iowa Medicaid, with one losing vendor alleging she provided an unfair advantage to a winning bidder after working as a state contractor.
- 4 plead guilty in $4 million NY health care fraud scheme Updated: Aug-27-15 4:42 pm
NEW YORK - Four people connected to two clinics in Queens have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud in connection to more than $4 million in false Medicare claims.
- Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet Updated: Aug-27-15 1:27 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is trying to disentangle itself from another controversy over Medicare coverage. Amputees are protesting this time, fearing they'll be denied the latest technology for artificial legs and feet.