- SC senators get plenty of choices on spending new road money Updated: Feb-14-16 10:00 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - As South Carolina senators prepare to debate how much extra money to give to the state's highways and bridges, the leader of the roads agencies has been careful to give lawmakers plenty of options.
- North Dakota gets $1 million for railroad crossing upgrades Updated: Feb-14-16 2:05 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's congressional delegation says the state is getting more than $1 million in federal money to upgrade railroad crossings around the state.
- Edwards releases budget proposal without taxes, only cuts Updated: Feb-13-16 8:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration presented its doomsday budget to lawmakers Saturday, showing the widespread cuts that would be levied across public colleges and health care services without new money for the state treasury.
- Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling Updated: Feb-13-16 12:16 pm
MADISON, West Virginia - The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope.
- SC law officer recovering after being dragged by fleeing car Updated: Feb-13-16 11:50 am
EASLEY, South Carolina - A South Carolina police officer is recovering from injuries suffered after he was dragged by a car previously stopped for a license plate violation.
- Democrats' US Senate race heats up over natural gas industry Updated: Feb-13-16 11:08 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - In Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate Democratic primary, where there are few differences over issues, jousting over natural gas drilling is providing an opening.
- Utah plans to take legal action against EPA over mine waste Updated: Feb-12-16 10:55 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill.
- Coal talk of the town as GOP candidates mingle in Cheyenne Updated: Feb-12-16 10:22 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Coal was on the minds of candidates for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House as they mingled with party insiders over cocktails at a Laramie County Republican Party gathering on Friday.
- Bill would make men confirm marriage for ED medication Updated: Feb-12-16 7:21 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A Kentucky state lawmaker has filed a bill that would require men have at least two office visits and swear on a Bible they are married before a doctor could prescribe them erectile dysfunction medication.
- Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly Updated: Feb-12-16 7:00 pm
LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Public Utilities Commission voted Friday to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved - a concession to rooftop solar customers who say higher rates make it harder to recoup their investments in panels.
- Judge wants to review scope of Duke Energy pollution deal Updated: Feb-12-16 6:26 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators.
- The Latest: Utah to take legal action over mine waste spill Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Latest on news that Utah regulators say the EPA failed to inform them about contaminants in river water after a massive mine spill that fouled water in three states (all times local):
- Montana mine gets conditional approval due to water worries Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Montana environmental regulators granted conditional approval Friday to a long-stalled silver and copper mine proposed beneath a federal wilderness area, saying the developer must show before mining can proceed that the $500 million project won't drain overlying creeks.
- House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements Updated: Feb-12-16 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.
- The Latest: Judge wants to review Duke Energy pollution deal Updated: Feb-12-16 5:27 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina (all times local):
- Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula Updated: Feb-12-16 5:24 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Stephanie Greenhill has dipped into her retirement account to pay for the special calorie-packed formula keeping her son alive. Her parents and in-laws also help out, since the family's insurer won't cover the expense.
- Illinois roads could benefit from potential $84.7M windfall Updated: Feb-12-16 5:00 pm
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois - Illinois transportation planners are awaiting details of how they could use a potential multi-million windfall for the state.
- State senator introduces bill to ban late-term abortion Updated: Feb-12-16 4:43 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A North Pole senator introduced a bill Friday that would require Alaska doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the womb before performing abortions.
- Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state Updated: Feb-12-16 4:35 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law.
- Landowners win case against Bluegrass Pipeline Updated: Feb-12-16 4:28 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Landowners who had opposed efforts to put a natural gas pipeline across 13 counties have been victorious in the Kentucky Supreme Court.
- Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall Updated: Feb-12-16 4:16 pm
DETROIT - Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags - telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.
- RIDOT director expects truck tolls in 18-24 months Updated: Feb-12-16 3:56 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The head of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation says they are working to get the ball rolling on a new truck tolling and road maintenance program that became law this week.
- The Latest: Mine developer says partial approval is enough Updated: Feb-12-16 3:33 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - The latest on Montana officials giving only partial approval to a $500 million silver and copper mine proposed near the Idaho border. (all times local):
- Fairbanks debates federal proposal on Alaska predator hunts Updated: Feb-12-16 1:22 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks residents have shown support for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal that would ban some bear, wolf and coyote hunts on federal wildlife refuges in Alaska.
- Baker seeks funds for local roads, files spending bill Updated: Feb-12-16 1:13 pm
BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is asking lawmakers to authorize $250 million for local transportation projects, including $50 million for upgrades on small bridges.