- Illinois honors victims of Charleston church shootings Updated: Jul-04-15 4:07 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois is honoring the nine victims of last month's shooting at a historic black church.
- Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together Updated: Jul-04-15 3:15 am
WASHINGTON - As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other.
- Florida craft brewers toast as new growler law takes effect Updated: Jul-04-15 3:07 am
GAINESVILLE, Florida - Florida breweries toasted as a new state law allowing them to fill 64-ounce take-home growlers took effect.
- Construction plan pays for school earthquake improvements Updated: Jul-04-15 12:23 am
SALEM, Oregon - Schools would have access to millions of dollars for earthquake-safety improvements, but the state Capitol would remain vulnerable under a $1.2 billion plan for statewide construction projects that advanced Friday.
- The Latest: Lawmakers leave Salem for 4th of July weekend Updated: Jul-04-15 12:17 am
SALEM, Oregon - The latest on the activities of the Oregon Legislature as lawmakers press closer to adjourning the 2015 legislative session:
- Michigan groups eye redistricting ballot drive after ruling Updated: Jul-04-15 12:08 am
LANSING, Michigan - Advocates of overhauling how Michigan draws legislative and congressional seats plan to raise public awareness about redistricting in preparation for a potential 2016 ballot initiative.
- Former sheriff who helped shape modern Las Vegas dies at 88 Updated: Jul-03-15 8:28 pm
LAS VEGAS - Longtime Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a prominent figure credited with shaping Las Vegas' modern history, has died.
- Maine lawmaker will try again for scallop harvesting limit Updated: Jul-03-15 8:16 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine legislator says he will try again next year to persuade the Legislature to limit the harvest on the state's popular, meaty scallops.
- Astana rider Lars Boom facing Tour de France exit Updated: Jul-03-15 7:26 pm
UTRECHT, Netherlands - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali's under-pressure Astana team requested teammate Lars Boom be removed from cycling's showpiece race for anomalous blood-testing results announced Friday.
- Arkansas leaders try to diffuse war of words on gay marriage Updated: Jul-03-15 6:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Opposition from Arkansas legislative leaders to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling lifting the ban on gay marriage nationwide bubbled over into a war of words late Thursday between the state's legislative and executive branches.
- Patrick grassroots board dissolves amid tea party grumbling Updated: Jul-03-15 6:46 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The grassroots advisory board Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set up as a sounding board for his tea party constituency is dissolving after a legislative session that left the leadership of that constituency dissatisfied.
- Backlash over Wisconsin GOP plan to tighten open records law Updated: Jul-03-15 6:25 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.
- Regulators pass higher electricity rates for most residents Updated: Jul-03-15 6:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Most California residential customers will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday that raises rates on more efficient users while giving a break to big energy users.
- Jackley, other AGs send religious liberty letter to Congress Updated: Jul-03-15 6:06 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - As same-sex couples begin to marry in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley wants to make sure the religious liberties of citizens who object to gay marriages are protected, the state's top law enforcement official said.
- 1984 Indiana governor candidate Wayne Townsend dies Updated: Jul-03-15 5:09 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Wayne Townsend, the 1984 Democratic nominee for Indiana governor who broke a barrier by picking a woman as his running mate, died Friday at age 89.
- Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes Updated: Jul-03-15 5:08 pm
QUINCY, Illinois - Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs legislation approved by the General Assembly.
- 2016 Ryder Cup pitch comes up short with Minnesota officials Updated: Jul-03-15 4:58 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The 2016 Ryder Cup was awarded to the Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis years ago, however its promoters quietly recently tried to wedge money into Minnesota's new state budget for logistical assistance and sponsorships of the event.
- Walker says he'll change government records exemptions Updated: Jul-03-15 4:42 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker says he will work with Republican leaders in both chambers to change budget provisions that would exempt nearly all government records from the state's open records law.
- Kauai residents debate hiker rescue bill Updated: Jul-03-15 4:42 pm
LIHUE, Hawaii - Hikers who ignore safety warning signs may have to pay the costs associated with their rescue under a new measure.
- Assembly to consider 20-week abortion ban in special session Updated: Jul-03-15 4:16 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Assembly has voted to take up bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage for construction workers, as well as state budget votes, in a special legislative session.
- Marijuana board holds first meeting, wants laws changed Updated: Jul-03-15 3:49 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska's newly appointed Marijuana Control Board has proposed four changes to state marijuana laws.
- Senate sends Eastern Oregon speed limit hike to governor Updated: Jul-03-15 3:02 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A plan to raise speed limits in Eastern Oregon is headed to Gov. Kate Brown.
- Housing project for homeless vets won't get state funds Updated: Jul-03-15 2:47 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of an effort to build cabins for homeless veterans say they will continue to pursue funding despite their failure to secure state dollars this year.
- Montana tribe's hopes for recognition buoyed by rule changes Updated: Jul-03-15 2:40 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - New rules for the recognition of Native American groups could ease the way for Montana's Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians to be formally acknowledged by the U.S. government, according to the tribe's chairman.
- Senate opposes bill forcing savings of capital gains revenue Updated: Jul-03-15 2:38 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Senate has voted down a bill that aims to save higher-than-average revenue from capital gains taxes, rather than spend it.