- Governor's special session on budget, taxes opens Sunday Updated: Feb-14-16 3:07 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Valentine's Day isn't arriving with flowers or candy for Louisiana's lawmakers, but with bleak budget discussions and tax talk.
- Scalia's death means loss of key vote in divided cases Updated: Feb-14-16 3:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia's death deprives conservatives of a key vote that could change the outcome in some major Supreme Court cases, including one in which labor unions appeared headed for a big defeat.
- Utility plans car charging stations in eastern Washington Updated: Feb-14-16 2:42 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - A power company that wants to install 265 charging stations in eastern Washington state is asking state regulators to approve a two-year pilot program that would expand electric vehicle use in the region.
- Oil, gas and agriculture struggles hurting rural Kansas Updated: Feb-14-16 2:42 pm
RUSSELL, Kansas - The sheer number of mud-spattered pickup trucks says a lot about what people here do all day.
- Idaho increasingly saying 'no' to local government control Updated: Feb-14-16 2:04 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho lawmakers are reminding cities and counties that they don't always have local control over imposing restrictions on businesses and citizens.
- Challenges to Peabody Energy's coal mine self-bonding grow Updated: Feb-14-16 1:56 pm
ST. LOUIS - A Midwestern environmental group has followed through on its promise to formally challenge Peabody Energy's ability to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois and Indiana coal mines.
- Floridians injured by government struggle for compensation Updated: Feb-14-16 1:54 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Some two dozen bills have been filed in this year's legislative session to compensate people injured by the mistakes or negligence of government agencies: wrongly convicted prisoners, children abused by foster parents, people maimed or killed in accidents with police vehicles, and even a football player who died during practice.
- Hefty surplus comes with plenty of ideas, big conflicts Updated: Feb-14-16 12:55 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Nearly a month before the Legislature returns with a nice $1.2 billion surplus in hand, lawmakers have already laid out hundreds of millions of dollars in plans to spend it.
- Branstad highlights cheaper prison calls that were required Updated: Feb-14-16 12:27 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Prison inmates in Iowa are paying cheaper telephone rates to talk to their families under a recent rule change that Gov. Terry Branstad has publically highlighted as part of his administration's efforts to enact criminal justice reform, but the change was also federally mandated.
- Uber, Lyft look to Missouri lawmakers to bypass city rules Updated: Feb-14-16 12:03 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - While Missouri lawmakers have delayed regulating app-based car services such as Uber and Lyft, cities have imposed their own rules, taking approaches the ride-hailing companies portray as misguided and burdensome.
- Documents on $1M grant to company point to other sweeteners Updated: Feb-14-16 11:19 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - When Vermont last month pledged $1 million to the company that recently acquired the former IBM plant near Burlington, it wasn't the only enticement the state dangled in hopes of keeping a longtime economic linchpin happy.
- Malloy resumes effort to overhaul liquor pricing laws Updated: Feb-14-16 10:58 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not giving up on his long-running attempt to overhaul Connecticut's liquor laws.
- SC senators get plenty of choices on spending new road money Updated: Feb-14-16 10:37 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - As South Carolina senators prepare to debate how much extra money to give to the state's highways and bridges, the leader of the roads agencies has been careful to give lawmakers plenty of options while not pushing them too hard in any direction.
- GOP governor stays popular in Democratic Massachusetts Updated: Feb-14-16 10:31 am
BOSTON - While partisan battles rage in Washington and state capitals, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker thrives in one of the nation's bluest states.
- Vermont Fish and Wildlife seeking donations on tax returns Updated: Feb-14-16 9:22 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding Vermonters they can help support projects involving nongame species by making donations on their state tax returns.
- Suspected former Nazi camp guard dies in Croatia at 92 Updated: Feb-14-16 7:04 am
ZAGREB, Croatia - Jakob Denzinger, a suspected former Nazi prison guard at Auschwitz and other camps, has died in his native Croatia. He was 92.
- North Dakota gets $1 million for railroad crossing upgrades Updated: Feb-14-16 2:05 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's congressional delegation says the state is getting more than $1 million in federal money to upgrade railroad crossings around the state.
- New Mexico moves to cut spending to offset oil bust Updated: Feb-13-16 8:45 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The state of New Mexico slashed revenue projections for this year and next by a quarter-billion dollars because of low oil and natural gas prices and took initial steps Saturday toward reducing general fund spending next year.
- Edwards releases budget proposal without taxes, only cuts Updated: Feb-13-16 8:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration presented its doomsday budget to lawmakers Saturday, showing the widespread cuts that would be levied across public colleges and health care services without new money for the state treasury.
- Arkansas lawmaker proposes tax on some college properties Updated: Feb-13-16 6:10 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - A Republican state lawmaker wants to levy property taxes on public colleges and universities for property they rent to commercial businesses or use for a "nonpublic purpose."
- Kansas senators seek to pause bond program Updated: Feb-13-16 4:14 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Kansas senators want to keep Gov. Sam Brownback's administration from approving new economic development projects that they say cost the state sales tax revenue.
- Greek farmers end blockade of central Athens in tax dispute Updated: Feb-13-16 3:41 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Greek farmers protesting planned tax hikes and pension changes have left a central Athens square where they had been camped out since Friday but are vowing to keep protesting until the government listens.
- 1st year schools chief brings stability to Wyoming education Updated: Feb-13-16 1:30 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Order has been restored in Wyoming K-12 education during state schools Superintendent Jillian Balow's first year, officials involved with state education say.
- Town cries foul at proposed low return from tax auction Updated: Feb-13-16 12:22 pm
PLAINFIELD, New Hampshire - Officials in the small New Hampshire town where tax militants held federal marshals at bay for nine months in an armed standoff are questioning the meager amount federal officials plan to allot it after a tax auction in October.
- Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling Updated: Feb-13-16 12:16 pm
MADISON, West Virginia - The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope.