- DOJ: South Dakota long-term care system violates federal law Updated: May-02-16 11:18 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.
- Snyder expects expanded Medicaid coverage in Flint next week Updated: May-02-16 9:11 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.
- Issues to watch in the final days of the session Updated: May-02-16 8:03 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday begin the final two days of the legislative session with some major decisions before them. Lawmakers plan to meet Tuesday and then adjourn the session Wednesday. Here are three issues to watch in the 2016 session's final hours.
- Lawmaker shelves bill to give police access to locked phones Updated: May-02-16 7:06 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A proposal to allow criminal investigators with a court order to unlock homicide victims' cellphones has gotten stuck in a House committee, after lawmakers split on the idea.
- Doctor files complaint, says support for abortion silenced Updated: May-02-16 6:57 pm
WASHINGTON - A physician who performs abortions at a Washington hospital filed a federal civil rights complaint Monday alleging that she's been unfairly barred from speaking publicly about her view that abortion is an essential procedure for women's health.
- Colorado Supreme Court strikes down 2 local fracking bans Updated: May-02-16 6:18 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.
- Moratorium at gas-leak facility sent to California governor Updated: May-02-16 6:09 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation to extend the closure of a gas storage facility after it spewed massive amounts of natural gas for nearly four months.
- Enbridge predicts $62M in fines, penalties tied to oil spill Updated: May-02-16 5:52 pm
MARSHALL, Michigan - A pipeline company says it expects $62 million in fines and penalties related to a 2010 Michigan oil spill.
- Tesla offers distribution center but bill appears doubtful Updated: May-02-16 5:33 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.
- NC lawmaker sued as farm workers claim some wages unpaid Updated: May-02-16 5:23 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Seven Mexican farm laborers are suing a North Carolina legislator, claiming they weren't paid wages due from working on the lawmaker's crops.
- Kansas lawmakers OK abortion bills, limits on local power Updated: May-02-16 4:54 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators tackled issues that included abortion and preventing cities and counties from regulating artery-clogging restaurant meals or sugary snacks as they worked on balancing the state's next budget.
- Parties ask to revisit AEP, FirstEnergy deals in Ohio Updated: May-02-16 4:40 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Energy and environmental groups are among those asking Ohio regulators to reconsider two deals that allow utility companies to impose short-term rate increases to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants.
- Deal highlights pay raises, new construction in state budget Updated: May-02-16 4:29 pm
ATLANTA - Thousands of state employees will receive pay raises under a state budget Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign Tuesday.
- Halliburton, Baker Hughes eye future after merger scuttled Updated: May-02-16 4:25 pm
DALLAS - Halliburton and Baker Hughes, whose planned merger is the latest big deal to be shot down by antitrust regulators, now must pick up the pieces and shore up their companies during a severe slump in oil and gas drilling.
- Reality TV star urges lawmakers to scrap bail bond proposal Updated: May-02-16 3:44 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The wife of Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman is urging Connecticut lawmakers to oppose Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed changes to the state's bail bonds system.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hungary aiming to drive Uber ride-hailing app out of country Updated: May-02-16 10:18 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary - The Hungarian government wants to drive out ride-hailing app Uber from the country while proposing new legislation to crack down on unlicensed passenger transport, officials said Monday.
- Port Huron-area community looks at farm animal rules Updated: May-02-16 6:14 am
PORT HURON TOWNSHIP, Michigan - A Port Huron-area community is looking at amending zoning laws for housing livestock and farm animals.
- Feds approve plan to build gas pipeline for power plant Updated: May-02-16 3:31 am
SHAMOKIN DAM, Pennsylvania - Federal officials have signed off on a plan to build a 34-mile pipeline through five central Pennsylvania counties that will carry natural gas to a power plant being built along the Susquehanna River.
- Lawmakers to hear presentations on economy, demographics Updated: May-02-16 12:24 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Lawmakers are receiving a series of briefings on New Hampshire's labor market, economy and demographic challenges.