- AG candidates take hard-hitting campaign to Fancy Farm Updated: Aug-01-15 11:18 pm
FANCY FARM, Kentucky - Democrat Andy Beshear and Republican Whitney Westerfield traded pot shots Saturday at Kentucky's premier political showdown, where prosecutorial experience and claims of skipping work for pedicures spiced up their hard-hitting campaign for attorney general.
- Oregon bottle deposit hike likely as redemption falls Updated: Aug-01-15 3:05 pm
SALEM, Oregon - New state data show that Oregonians are returning fewer beverage bottles to redeem their 5-cent deposit, putting the state on track to double the deposit to 10 cents per bottle in 2017.
- Senator from Ruston won't seek re-election Updated: Aug-01-15 2:55 pm
RUSTON, Louisiana - State Sen. Rick Gallot, a veteran lawmaker who has served in both the House and Senate, is not seeking re-election.
- Connecticut DMV changes could mean temporary long waits Updated: Aug-01-15 1:32 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - An effort to upgrade outdated computer systems at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles and make life easier for customers could prove challenging in the early stages, according to state officials.
- SC body camera law spurred by Ferguson, state's own shooting Updated: Aug-01-15 1:16 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Prompted by the shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, South Carolina legislators pre-filed bills in late 2014 regarding the use of body cameras, initially requiring all the state's law officers to wear the devices and keeping the recordings for years.
- Illinois lawmakers evade pressure to buckle on budget Updated: Aug-01-15 1:13 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois has entered its second month without a state budget, and there's no indication that summer's dog days will present any new opportunities for a breakthrough in the squabbling between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly.
- Correction: Economic Agency story Updated: Aug-01-15 11:58 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - In a story July 31 about the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board, The Associated Press reported erroneously that one unsecured loan the board gave out was worth $50,000. The unsecured loan was worth $500,000.
- Honolulu police arrest suspect in assault of state lawmaker Updated: Jul-31-15 8:59 pm
HONOLULU - Police have arrested a juvenile on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in a case involving a Hawaii lawmaker who was attacked in a homeless encampment.
- Lawmaker charged after shooting out ex-wife's tires Updated: Jul-31-15 8:29 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A state representative has admitted he shot out the tires of his ex-wife's car during an argument, but his ex says she wants charges against him dropped.
- Parents trying to keep dead daughter's farewell notes sealed Updated: Jul-31-15 6:34 pm
LAS VEGAS - The unpublished farewells of a seventh-grader who killed herself are the focus of a federal court battle between her parents who helped change Nevada school bullying law and Las Vegas school officials who say the writings shed new light on allegations that campus officials failed to tell the parents the girl was being victimized.
- McCrory behind Cooper in 2015 fundraising for NC governor Updated: Jul-31-15 5:26 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper outpaced incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in fundraising this year as the two gear up for the 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race, according to campaign reports released Friday.
- Chicago poised to require breast-feeding rooms at airports Updated: Jul-31-15 5:05 pm
CHICAGO - City Council members recommended Friday that lactation rooms be placed in every terminal at Chicago's two major airports, a move that one alderman said could help make it the nation's "most breast-feeding friendly" city.
- Top Missouri senator Tom Dempsey to resign Updated: Jul-31-15 4:50 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said Friday that he is resigning from office to launch a new private-sector career and spend more time with his family.
- Maine supreme court wades into dispute over 65 bills Updated: Jul-31-15 4:49 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - With more than a dozen lawmakers watching, Maine's highest court waded into a dispute Friday between Gov. Paul LePage and the Legislature over whether he missed his opportunity to veto 65 bills.
- Legislator calls for investigation of Planned Parenthood Updated: Jul-31-15 4:43 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Florida legislator wants a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood, but the organization calls the request "politically motivated."
- Democrat Hensley enters Missouri attorney general's race Updated: Jul-31-15 3:51 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley says she's seeking the Democratic nomination for Missouri attorney general, which had briefly become a one-candidate race when Scott Sifton dropped out to seek re-election to the state Senate.
- Pot legalization group reports spending $2 million in effort Updated: Jul-31-15 3:34 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group working to get a marijuana legalization issue on Ohio's fall ballot has spent more than $2 million in its effort and has about $82,000 in campaign cash on hand.
- Horse racing industry has declined since state got out of it Updated: Jul-31-15 3:19 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The horse racing industry's focus will be on New Jersey this weekend, as Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh runs in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
- Judge refuses to toss suit over Chicago's red light cameras Updated: Jul-31-15 3:04 pm
CHICAGO - A request by the city of Chicago to toss a lawsuit challenging the fairness and constitutionality of its controversial red light camera program was denied by a Cook County judge.
- Cierpiot elected by peers to Missouri House majority leader Updated: Jul-31-15 2:51 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House Republicans have elected Rep. Mike Cierpiot (SEEHR'-poy) of Lee's Summit as their new majority leader.
- Moratorium on smaller coal ash reuse projects will end Updated: Jul-31-15 2:51 pm
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - A moratorium on using coal ash as constructional fill on some projects is ending, but North Carolina regulators have failed to come up with new standards to reduce the public's exposure to potentially toxic chemicals, an environmental group said Friday.
- State representative gives $500,000 to UGA law school Updated: Jul-31-15 1:53 pm
ATHENS, Georgia - The University of Georgia's law school says it has received a $500,000 gift from a state legislator to create a scholarship.
- Aiken deputies told not to make domestic violence arrests Updated: Jul-31-15 12:26 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - An Aiken County Sheriff's captain has instructed deputies not to file domestic violence charges unless the victim cooperates, citing a new law aimed at stemming South Carolina's persistently high rates of domestic abuse.
- Breastfeeding advocates rally in Concord Updated: Jul-31-15 12:11 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Nursing mothers joined advocates at the Statehouse lawn on Friday to emphasize that women who breastfeed in the workplace should not face discrimination or retaliation, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week.
- Lawmaker seeks review of central Indiana reservoir proposal Updated: Jul-31-15 10:52 am
ANDERSON, Indiana - The proposed construction of a $450 million reservoir on the White River in central Indiana should be reviewed by a state legislative committee, according to a lawmaker opposed to the project.