- Indiana, private carrier ink deal for passenger rail Updated: Aug-02-15 4:49 pm
- Efforts to repeal new tax could formally launch this week Updated: Aug-02-15 4:25 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Republicans angry that Nevada lawmakers approved a $1.1 billion tax package this spring, just months after voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax hike on the ballot, are launching efforts to repeal it and kick some of its backers out of office.
- Rauner signs bill requiring airport breast-feeding rooms Updated: Aug-02-15 2:43 pm
CHICAGO - Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
- Lucky breaks with federal funds, pensions help Kansas budget Updated: Aug-02-15 1:53 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's latest efforts to prevent a state budget deficit were assisted by a well-timed decision on health care funding from federal officials and better-than-expected news about teacher pensions.
- Nigeria: Review of soldiers condemned in Boko Haram war Updated: Aug-02-15 1:23 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's army is reviewing the courts-martial of more than 600 soldiers and officers, including dozens condemned to death for allegedly deserting the battle against Islamic extremists, according to an order received by The Associated Press on Sunday.
- Billionaire buys Woodlands racing complex, but future fuzzy Updated: Aug-02-15 12:53 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kansas - A billionaire Las Vegas casino owner has purchased The Woodlands racing complex in eastern Kansas, but with a number of unanswered legislative questions and an estimated $50 million in renovations needed, the facility's future is far from certain.
- Canadian rivers: Solution to Northeast's high energy prices? Updated: Aug-02-15 12:28 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec's rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation's highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely.
- Researchers: Use of food stamps undergoes slight decline Updated: Aug-02-15 12:28 pm
DURHAM, New Hampshire - University of New Hampshire researchers say the program known for years as food stamps has declined slightly in recent years, but remains an important support for people at risk for food insecurity and hunger.
- Iran cuts welfare rolls to ease budget crisis Updated: Aug-02-15 11:50 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Sunday it will stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by plunging oil prices and sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program.
- Lawmakers strive for agreement on budget shortfall Updated: Aug-02-15 11:06 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama legislators return to Montgomery on Monday looking for something that eluded them for the last several months: Agreement.
- Safety cited in Winnebago County bid for more jail guards Updated: Aug-02-15 11:05 am
ROCKFORD, Illinois - Winnebago County officials pushing to hire more jail guards say that staff shortages are putting corrections officers in danger.
- Idaho Power contests proposed central Idaho solar projects Updated: Aug-02-15 11:01 am
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Power is asking state officials to rule that 10 solar projects proposed for central Idaho are instead one big project and should fall under a different set of regulations more favorable to the energy company.
- After rough budget, is Iowa Capitol getting more combative? Updated: Aug-02-15 10:20 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa elected officials pride themselves on working in a politically divided government that still gets things done. But after a combative budget process, capped with several vetoes by Gov. Terry Branstad, some are questioning how well the system is working these days.
- NY health exchange says 2.1 million enrolled for coverage Updated: Aug-02-15 9:34 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's health exchange reports connecting 2.1 million residents to health coverage following its second open enrollment period, including 89 percent who said they were uninsured when they applied.
- US presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley visits Puerto Rico Updated: Aug-01-15 9:16 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley became the first Democratic presidential candidate to make a campaign stop in Puerto Rico this year as part of an effort to woo Latino voters.
- US government may end delays in paying counties for land Updated: Aug-01-15 5:47 pm
VAIL, Colorado - A proposal in Congress could end federal delays in paying counties the money they are owed for public land by extending funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools programs.
- Welch, LujÃ¡n propose nationwide energy standards Updated: Aug-01-15 3:17 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Two members of Congress - Vermont's Peter Welch and New Mexico's Ray LujÃ¡n are proposing nationwide energy standards - one for renewable energy and another for energy efficiency.
- Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach Updated: Aug-01-15 2:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency - his fellow Democrats in Congress.
- Chicago preliminary budget estimate shows huge shortfall Updated: Aug-01-15 1:35 pm
CHICAGO - A preliminary budget released by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shows a gaping budget shortfall for 2016 that could grow to $754 million and beyond - a total that is so high that the mayor might be forced to raise property taxes.
- Gas tax increases by 7 cents in Washington state Updated: Aug-01-15 1:34 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash - The price of gas may be going down nationally, but Washington drivers - already paying above the national average - may see even higher prices at the pump following Saturday's 7-cent-per-gallon increase in the state's gas tax.
- Iowa sales tax holiday set for next weekend Updated: Aug-01-15 1:19 pm
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Iowa's annual sales tax holiday set to coincide with back-to-school shopping also brings Nebraskans looking for bargains across the Missouri River.
- 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.
- Protesters inhale laughing gas outside UK Parliament Updated: Aug-01-15 12:53 pm
LONDON - Dozens of giggling demonstrators have inhaled laughing gas outside Britain's Parliament to protest government plans to ban it and other "legal highs."
- Kansas vying for $40M federal grant for Wildcat Creek Updated: Aug-01-15 12:53 pm
MANHATTAN, Kansas - Kansas has reached the final phase of a competition for a large federal grant that would be used to ease flooding concerns in the Manhattan area, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
- NH county considering bankruptcy to close budget shortfall Updated: Aug-01-15 12:07 pm
OSSIPEE, New Hampshire - An eastern New Hampshire county is considering bankruptcy to close a budget shortfall of about $2 million.