- Ex-Dayton mayor named to Democratic National Committee role Updated: Aug-30-15 12:14 pm
DAYTON, Ohio - A former Dayton mayor and ex-legislator in Ohio will serve in a position at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in Minneapolis.
- Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuke plant Updated: Aug-30-15 12:01 pm
CHICAGO - The owner of Illinois' 11 nuclear reactors must decide next month whether to close its Quad Cities plant, one of three generating stations Exelon Corp. has said are in danger of closing if lawmakers don't approve a surcharge on electric bills to boost profits.
- New ND law bolsters student journalists' free speech rights Updated: Aug-30-15 12:01 pm
Journalism students returning to North Dakota public schools this fall will be able to do their jobs at high school and college newspapers with stronger free-speech protections thanks to a new state law that observers are hoping will also spur changes nationwide.
- Iowa City police officers now equipped with body cameras Updated: Aug-30-15 11:21 am
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Every officer in the Iowa City Police Department is now equipped with a body camera, and police have a new policy governing their use.
- Fate of 2011 legislative, congressional maps back in court Updated: Aug-30-15 11:13 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's boundaries for General Assembly and congressional seats were drawn four years ago by Republican legislators and have been used in the past two election cycles, helping bolster GOP electoral gains.
- Higher marriage fees, prison reforms among new Nebraska laws Updated: Aug-30-15 10:38 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A host of new laws took effect Sunday in Nebraska, leading to changes ranging from costlier marriage licenses to expanded opportunities for nonviolent prisoners to be released for parole and probation.
- Slow-moving school finance case heads to Texas Supreme Court Updated: Aug-30-15 10:34 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Kids who were barely a month into their first year of high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began are now seniors - and there's still no end in sight.
- Montana AG will not investigate Utah lawmaker Updated: Aug-29-15 4:01 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Attorney General's Office will not investigate fraud claims against a Utah lawmaker leading a push for western states to take control of federal public lands.
- Kansas headed toward another school finance debate next year Updated: Aug-29-15 3:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Five months after a new law for funding public schools took effect in Kansas, legislators and education officials are talking about drafting another one next year.
- Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles Updated: Aug-29-15 2:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California's professional sports teams.
- Democrats choose former House member to replace Glazier Updated: Aug-29-15 1:28 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - Democratic leaders in Cumberland County have selected former North Carolina Rep. Billy Richardson to replace a resigning House member.
- Former lawmaker from northern Ohio appeals theft conviction Updated: Aug-29-15 6:13 am
PORT CLINTON, Ohio - A former northern Ohio lawmaker is appealing his conviction on a felony theft charge.
- After 60 years of research, McLaughlin faces new challenge Updated: Aug-29-15 5:05 am
GREAT FALLS, Montana - Since its 1954 inception as a small research laboratory in out-of-the-way Great Falls, Montana, the McLaughlin Research Institute has grown to a highly respected biomedical research center whose scientists' research has been cited as contributing to the work of two Nobel Prize winners for physiology or medicine.
- 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.
- After TV slaying, reporter's dad finds voice on gun control Updated: Aug-28-15 6:30 pm
COLLINSVILLE, Virginia - Andy Parker's resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV.
- Colorado death penalty debated as 2 mass killers get life Updated: Aug-28-15 6:29 pm
DENVER - A Denver jury's refusal to give the death penalty to a man who stabbed five people to death in a bar, coming on the heels of theater shooter James Holmes' life sentence, has many wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado.
- 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.
- Oklahoma lawmaker withdraws asset forfeiture study request Updated: Aug-28-15 3:49 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A state lawmaker says he's withdrawing his request for an interim study on civil asset forfeiture laws in Oklahoma and instead plans a panel discussion on the issue.
- Christie signs bill expanding teacher arbitration panel Updated: Aug-28-15 2:47 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation that increases the size of a panel that hears contested cases involving the dismissal or pay reductions of tenured teachers.
- Legislator and GOP chairman file lawsuit against amendments Updated: Aug-28-15 2:10 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A group including a Pensacola state legislator and the chairman of the Alachua County Republican Party is launching a new legal challenge to two amendments passed by voters.
- Enviros ask judge to order conservation funding in Florida Updated: Aug-28-15 1:39 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Environmental groups want a judge to order the Florida Legislature to use the state's budget surplus to fund a conservation land buying program, saying state lawmakers flouted the will of voters by failing to fund it.
- Bills aim to help businesses raise clams, oysters Updated: Aug-28-15 1:29 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Two New Jersey legislators say they want to make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up aquaculture projects to raise clams and oysters.
- US appeals court won't reconsider Wake school board ruling Updated: Aug-28-15 7:58 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to reconsider its ruling that keeps alive a challenge of the Wake County school board election districts.
- 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.
- Key committee fails to take up California minimum wage bill Updated: Aug-27-15 8:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers declined Thursday to take up a bill that would raise California's minimum wage and tie future increases to inflation, likely stalling the effort for this year.