- Breastfeeding advocates rally in Concord Updated: Jul-31-15 12:11 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Nursing mothers joined advocates at the Statehouse lawn on Friday to emphasize that women who breastfeed in the workplace should not face discrimination or retaliation, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week.
- Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates Updated: Jul-31-15 11:50 am
WASHINGTON - Some federal and state prisoners could begin receiving student aid to take college courses - while still behind bars - as early as the 2016-2017 school year.
- Maine supreme court wades into dispute over 65 bills Updated: Jul-31-15 11:49 am
PORTLAND, Maine - With more than a dozen lawmakers watching, Maine's highest court waded into a dispute Friday between Gov. Paul LePage and the Legislature over whether he missed his opportunity to veto 65 bills.
- Hundreds of new laws to take effect in North Dakota Updated: Jul-31-15 10:20 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Hundreds of new laws are set to take effect in North Dakota, including one that will make it easier to buy alcohol on Sundays and another that will allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring their guns to more places.
- Lawmakers take summer break after acting on budget vetoes Updated: Jul-31-15 9:50 am
BOSTON - The Legislature has begun its summer recess after overriding dozens of Gov. Charlie Baker's line-item budget vetoes.
- NC attorneys rest case in lawsuit challenging election law Updated: Jul-30-15 8:29 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - Attorneys defending North Carolina's new elections law rested their case in federal court Thursday after presenting evidence they say shows that the new law is racially neutral and has no discriminatory intent.
- New Orleans lawmen seek to root out guns in school zones Updated: Jul-30-15 7:49 pm
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, a 39-year-old Harvard-educated black federal prosecutor whose own life has been shaped by street violence in New Orleans, is renewing his focus on combatting gun violence among young people - this time by getting guns out of school zones.
- Indiana convention's CEO calls for broader LGBT protections Updated: Jul-30-15 7:20 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The CEO of a massive gamers' convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law said Thursday that organizers are "shopping the show" to other cities and could relocate if lawmakers don't expand protections for gays and lesbians.
- Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions Updated: Jul-30-15 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.
- Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban Updated: Jul-30-15 5:37 pm
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration.
- Law would let O'Hare keep runways to disperse traffic, noise Updated: Jul-30-15 5:05 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation intended to help ease noise around parts of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
- Baker orders state agencies to improve records access Updated: Jul-30-15 4:56 pm
BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker ordered his administration to take steps Thursday to make public records easier and less expensive to obtain, noting that Massachusetts had received failing grades in the past for government transparency.
- South Dakota high court bars Citibank recoup of $30M in tax Updated: Jul-30-15 3:28 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Citibank will not be able to reclaim $30 million in overpaid bank taxes to the state because it didn't request a refund until after the three-year legal window had passed, the South Dakota Supreme Court said in an opinion released on Thursday.
- Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch Updated: Jul-30-15 3:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.
- Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short-term patch needed Updated: Jul-30-15 12:48 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
- Bosnians protest against EU-recommended labor law Updated: Jul-30-15 11:13 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Amid the protests of thousands of workers, the Bosnian-Croat regional parliament on Thursday adopted a new labor law that aims to create a more business-friendly environment with the intention of creating jobs.
- Lawmakers kill bill to make student emails private Updated: Jul-30-15 5:06 am
CASPER, Wyoming - Wyoming lawmakers have killed a proposal that would have made Wyoming the first state in the country to keep from public view all college student emails, even those concerning student government actions.
- Anti-tax measure qualifies for the November ballot Updated: Jul-29-15 10:26 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Initiative promoter Tim Eyman's latest attempt to limit the Legislature's ability to raise taxes has qualified for the November ballot.
- Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research Updated: Jul-29-15 9:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine.
- Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike Updated: Jul-29-15 7:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.
- Rauner vetoes strike and lockout ban as union OKs extension Updated: Jul-29-15 7:40 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Even as Illinois and the union that represents most of its employees agreed to a short-term deal Wednesday to keep workers on the job through contract negotiations, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed union-backed legislation that would have blocked strikes and lockouts.
- Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker Updated: Jul-29-15 7:38 pm
BOSTON - Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system.
- House approves bill to make it easier to fire VA workers Updated: Jul-29-15 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday approved a bill making it easier to fire or demote hundreds of thousands of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as lawmakers expressed continued frustration at the slow pace of change at the beleaguered agency.
- Some Michigan sentencing rules struck down as illegal Updated: Jul-29-15 6:32 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Supreme Court says the state's sentencing guidelines are unconstitutional if they increase mandatory minimum prison terms based on factors not found by a jury.
- Los Angeles leaders outlaw high-capacity gun magazines Updated: Jul-29-15 6:18 pm
LOS ANGELES - The nation's second-largest city is poised to ban possession of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, stepping into the national debate over gun regulation following a series of deadly, mass shootings.