- Dalrymple likely to seek spending reductions in next budget Updated: May-02-16 3:32 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Gov. Jack Dalrymple likely will ask state agencies to identify potential reductions when drafting spending plans for the next two-year spending cycle due to depressed oil prices and a downturn in drilling activity, the state's top budget writer said Monday.
- Colorado Supreme Court strikes down local fracking bans Updated: May-02-16 3:17 pm
DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court struck down attempts by two cities to ban or delay fracking on Monday, a major victory for the oil and gas industry.
- INSIDE WASHINGTON: Ag groups seek exemption from scrutiny Updated: May-02-16 3:14 pm
NEW YORK - Congress is pushing the Agriculture Department to exempt the groups behind promotional campaigns like "Incredible, Edible Egg" and "Pork, the Other White Meat" from public scrutiny of their internal operations despite recent controversy.
- Southern Idaho domestic violence shelter faces money trouble Updated: May-02-16 3:13 pm
BURLEY, Idaho - A southern Idaho domestic violence shelter is vowing to remain open although it failed to obtain a $200,000 grant.
- Port Call: Port envisioned by 2025, Haley wants it yesterday Updated: May-02-16 3:12 pm
RIDGELAND, South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday she expects lawmakers in both South Carolina and Georgia will have to start banking money to help pay for a joint port terminal on the Savannah River, a terminal consultants expect will be needed by 2025 and which Haley said she would've liked to have had yesterday.
- Senate lines up backup transportation funds through bonding Updated: May-02-16 3:02 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Senate Democrats offered their plan Monday to borrow $1.5 billion for a long list of public works projects across Minnesota, devoting a hefty slice to road and bridge repairs in case legislative deal-making for a more comprehensive transportation package remains at a standstill.
- Tesla offers distribution center but bill appears doubtful Updated: May-02-16 2:56 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A last-minute offer by electric carmaker Tesla Motors to open a regional distribution center in Connecticut may not be enough to persuade lawmakers to pass a bill allowing the company to sell its vehicles directly to consumers.
- Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis explained Updated: May-02-16 2:40 pm
NEW YORK - Puerto Rico's worsening debt crisis is dimming the economic outlook for the U.S. territory and putting pressure on Congress to help resolve the situation but it is having little effect on the market for municipal bonds and most investors.
- Connecticut governor to offer up possible budget compromise Updated: May-02-16 2:27 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to offer Democrats a possible budget compromise as the legislative session deadline looms.
- Commerce tax foes, defenders argue in Nevada Supreme Court Updated: May-02-16 2:19 pm
LAS VEGAS - Nevada Supreme Court justices are considering whether a measure to repeal the state's new commerce tax is fit for the ballot.
- Feds give Texas temporary extension of $3.1B Medicaid waiver Updated: May-02-16 2:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas announced Monday that the federal government had approved its request for a temporary extension of a $3.1 billion annual Medicaid waiver - despite the Republican-controlled Legislature's refusal to embrace a key component of the White House's signature health care law.
- DOJ: South Dakota long-term care system violates federal law Updated: May-02-16 2:12 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota's unnecessary reliance on nursing facilities to serve people with disabilities isolates those residents from their communities and violates federal law, according to the findings of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation released Monday.
- Minimum wage increase stalled as negotiations continue Updated: May-02-16 2:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A push by Gov. John Bel Edwards to boost Louisiana's minimum wage remains stalled in the Senate as the Democratic governor continues negotiating with lawmakers, trying to win support for the bill.
- Coghill says he's recommending lawmakers drop Medicaid suit Updated: May-02-16 1:57 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska Senate Majority Leader John Coghill said Monday that he has recommended that lawmakers drop their lawsuit challenging Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid on his own.
- Atlantic City avoids default, makes $1.8M bond payment Updated: May-02-16 1:55 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - Financially strapped Atlantic City scraped together enough money to make a $1.8 million bond payment Monday morning, narrowly avoiding becoming the first New Jersey municipality to default on its debt in 78 years.
- Finnish broadcaster fights taxman demand for Panama Papers Updated: May-02-16 1:27 pm
HELSINKI - Finnish broadcaster YLE won't provide documents related to the Panama Papers to the country's tax authority, which has demanded access to them in an apparent move to trace tax dodgers with offshore accounts, the company said Monday.
- Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help Updated: May-02-16 1:20 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rican officials warned Monday the island's default on a $422 million bond payment is only the beginning if the U.S. Congress doesn't help resolve the situation soon.
- Buffett praises Fed but warns of unintended consequences Updated: May-02-16 12:53 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - Investor Warren Buffett said the Federal Reserve and other policymakers are generally doing a good job, but it's difficult to predict all the effects of interest rates remaining low for this long.
- Snyder expects expanded Medicaid coverage in Flint next week Updated: May-02-16 12:28 pm
FLINT, Michigan - An additional 15,000 children and pregnant women grappling with Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis should become eligible for government health insurance starting next week once the funding receives final legislative approval, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday.
- Lawmakers approve 'step therapy' and welfare reform bill Updated: May-02-16 12:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators approved a health and public welfare bill Monday that would reduce prescription drug costs within the state's Medicaid program and make changes to eligibility for public assistance.
- Branstad says he supports budget language on agency salaries Updated: May-02-16 12:04 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad says he supports new language in a budget bill requiring state agencies to be more transparent about using infrastructure money on employee salaries.
- Tennessee disregarded red flags with TNReady testing firm Updated: May-02-16 11:42 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee officials knew of concerns about a testing company's ability to fulfill a $107.7 million contract to administer the new online TNReady standardized test even before this year's failed rollout, internal documents show.
- Prisons, payday lending and oil spill money before lawmakers Updated: May-02-16 11:33 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama lawmakers are beginning the final two days of the legislative session with some major decisions before them.
- Rhode Island bills aim to help deaf at theaters, drive-thrus Updated: May-02-16 11:23 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation that would address everything from how the deaf and hard-of-hearing order at restaurants to how they watch movies.
- Deal hits the road to highlight pay raises in state budget Updated: May-02-16 11:21 am
ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is traveling the state touting pay raises for law enforcement, teachers and other new spending included in the state budget.