- The Latest: Lawmakers end Douglas-Board of Education fight Updated: May-04-16 7:47 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on a bill ending a fight between the state's top school official and the Board of Education (all times local):
- Senate rejects bill to let guns in public buildings Updated: May-04-16 7:47 pm
PHOENIX - The Senate rejected a bill Wednesday that would have allowed concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into some public buildings.
- Senate votes to give some juvenile lifers a chance at parole Updated: May-04-16 7:45 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's state senators reluctantly agreed Wednesday to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a shot at parole after serving 35 years of their life sentence.
- US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights Updated: May-04-16 7:43 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
- Colorado's Blaha back on GOP Senate ballot Updated: May-04-16 7:41 pm
DENVER - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Robert Blaha has made the party's Colorado primary in June.
- The Latest: Looney says special session early next week Updated: May-04-16 7:40 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Latest on the plans by Connecticut lawmakers to pass a last-minute budget deal for the new fiscal year (all times local):
- Obama tells Flint residents, 'I've got your back' Updated: May-04-16 7:36 pm
FLINT, Michigan - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.
- Faculty Senate expresses confidence in Ramsey at Louisville Updated: May-04-16 7:34 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - More than half of the University of Louisville Faculty Senate has cast votes of confidence in university President James Ramsey.
- Flint official takes deal, pledges to cooperate in probe Updated: May-04-16 7:33 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A Flint municipal official struck a deal with prosecutors Wednesday, pledging cooperation in exchange for reduced charges as authorities continue investigating lead contamination of the impoverished Michigan city's drinking water supply.
- Analysis adds fuel to fight over Illinois school funding Updated: May-04-16 7:32 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on Wednesday released an analysis of a Democratic plan to change the way Illinois funds education, prompting more Republican criticism that it's a "major bailout" for Chicago Public Schools and fueling an increasingly contentious election-year fight.
- Trump's open path to nomination causes agony for some in GOP Updated: May-04-16 7:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as his party's presumptive nominee and launching him toward a likely fall battle with Hillary Clinton. Some reluctant Republicans began to rally around Trump, but others agonized over their party's future.
- Deadline looms for California governor to act on tobacco age Updated: May-04-16 7:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown faces a midnight deadline to act on six bills to restrict tobacco use in California, including one to raise the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.
- The Latest: House rejects bill targeting illegal immigration Updated: May-04-16 7:26 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on a bill in Arizona that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally (all times local):
- Senate returns $7.5B budget that includes 4 percent raises Updated: May-04-16 7:15 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Senate has approved a $7.5 billion state budget that puts an additional $300 million into K-12 education, covers the state's expenses from last fall's historic flooding and provides $40 million in grants to flood-devastated farmers.
- Michigan Senate passes budget plan with 2 prison closures Updated: May-04-16 7:09 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Senate approved a near-$55 billion spending plan Wednesday that would close two of the state's 32 prisons and move inmates to a privately-owned facility, moves that are at odds with the House and Gov. Rick Snyder.
- Effort to revive stalled bill with sex ed provisions falters Updated: May-04-16 7:07 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - An effort to revive a stalled education bill that limits who can teach sex education in public schools faltered in the Alaska House on Wednesday.
- Infrastructure becomes key focus in Montana governor's race Updated: May-04-16 7:06 pm
HELENA, Montana - The issue of infrastructure was front and center in the Montana governor's race Wednesday, as the two leading candidates traded barbs over who to blame for the political deadlock over a funding source to pay for roads, bridges, sewers and other projects.
- North Carolina budget writers agree how much to spend in '17 Updated: May-04-16 7:01 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have agreed on how much the state should spend next year. It appears to resolve early an issue that tripped up budget negotiations last year and led to a General Assembly session lasting eight months.
- Arizona House rejects stiffer illegal immigration penalties Updated: May-04-16 6:54 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona House rejected a bill Wednesday that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally, after a fervent effort from Republican supporters who wanted the bill to pass.
- Vermont Senate energy bill in limbo; session close looms Updated: May-04-16 6:52 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont Senate on Wednesday approved another version of a bill that would give towns more say in renewable energy siting, but the measure may have hit a roadblock in the House.
- The Latest: Rough treatment of Gov. Snyder draws sympathy Updated: May-04-16 6:47 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The Latest on developments in Flint, Michigan, where drinking water is tainted with lead (all times local):
- Small chicken farmers win oversight reprieve in Colorado Updated: May-04-16 6:39 pm
DENVER - It's about to get easier for Colorado's small-time chicken farmers to sell directly to consumers.
- The Latest: NC universities taking Justice letter seriously Updated: May-04-16 6:38 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's letter stating that Wednesday a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws (all times local):
- Missouri Legislature passes photo ID requirement for voters Updated: May-04-16 6:34 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Legislature has passed a requirement for voters to show photo identification.
- Wisconsin Senate leader calls for uniting behind Trump Updated: May-04-16 6:34 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin state Senate's top Republican called Wednesday for the party to back Donald Trump, saying nothing is going to stop him from being the GOP presidential nominee and he could generate conservative turnout in November that could boost down-ticket Republicans.