- Ohio bill sets rules for last-minute orders on voting hours Updated: May-28-16 11:58 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A bill headed to Ohio's governor could make it harder for people to get a court order to keep polling places open late on Election Day in the key swing state.
- Sandoval urges relaxed grazing restrictions as drought wanes Updated: May-28-16 11:52 am
RENO, Nevada - Gov. Brian Sandoval is urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reconsider livestock grazing restrictions in northeast Nevada, saying that may now be unwarranted given a wet winter that has drought conditions on the mend.
- Disabled abuse complaints would go to 911 under proposal Updated: May-28-16 11:45 am
ALBANY, New York - Frustrated with the response of a state oversight agency, some New York lawmakers want to mandate that complaints about possible abuse or neglect of disabled or mentally ill people in state care be made first to 911 and local prosecutors.
- Group ends medical marijuana ballot measure drive in Ohio Updated: May-28-16 11:21 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group has dropped its effort to put a medical marijuana issue on Ohio's general election ballot.
- With retention idea blocked, Supreme Court primary goes on Updated: May-28-16 11:09 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - There will be one race on every ballot in North Carolina's previously unscheduled June 7 primary because the state Supreme Court couldn't agree whether a law that led a colleague to seek re-election through a new method complied with the state constitution.
- Cellphone fees, education mandates among new state laws Updated: May-28-16 11:08 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - New laws in South Carolina extend taxes to cellphones, require students to learn about America's "founding principles," and fix a quirk in campaign finance law that has entangled many state officials.
- Emergency officials prepare for hurricane season Updated: May-28-16 11:05 am
NEW ORLEANS - Emergency managers along the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast say they have their plans in place for the 2016 hurricane season which begins Wednesday.
- Democrats crowd race for Public Lands Commissioner Updated: May-28-16 11:01 am
SEATTLE - This fall's race for Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands - an office that oversees the state's largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres of land - is hotly contested since no incumbent is on the ballot.
- Supreme Court to weigh death sentence for Akron killer of 2 Updated: May-28-16 11:00 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court is weighing the appeal of a man sentenced to die for killing his estranged girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
- Despite transparency push, budget talks likely to be private Updated: May-28-16 10:55 am
BOSTON - When a handful of Massachusetts lawmakers convene in the coming weeks to negotiate a final version of the $39.5 billion state budget, they will most likely follow tradition by doing so behind closed doors - notwithstanding the newfound pledges of transparency echoing around Beacon Hill.
- Analysis: No easy options for Arkansas' long-term road plan Updated: May-28-16 10:37 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The biggest criticism of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to raise nearly $50 million for highways is that it doesn't address the long-term needs for Arkansas' roads. But when you look at the options for closing that larger funding gap, it's easy to see why the governor punted.
- Memories the momentum behind saving Kansas City arena Updated: May-28-16 10:34 am
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The fate of an iconic Missouri arena might be resting on the memories of a generation of Midwesterners who once flocked there for large concerts and sports events.
- Oklahoma Legislature closes $1.3B gap, finishes 2016 session Updated: May-28-16 10:33 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Facing a historic $1.3 billion hole in the budget at the start of the year, the state Legislature managed to close the gap through a combination of agency cuts, tax credit reforms, fee increases and the use of one-time funding sources, including bonds.
- Indiana Senate candidate wants to keep 2 party nominations Updated: May-28-16 9:53 am
SOUTH BEND, Indiana - A state Senate candidate wants to challenge an Indiana law that prevents him from appearing on the November ballot as the nominee of two political parties.
- Michigan bills expand use of driverless cars beyond testing Updated: May-28-16 9:35 am
LANSING, Michigan - The U.S. auto industry's home state of Michigan is preparing for the advent of self-driving cars by pushing legislation to allow for public sales and operation - a significant expansion beyond an existing state law that sanctions such vehicles for testing only.
- Independent candidate joins Ohio's US Senate race Updated: May-28-16 9:21 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An independent candidate is challenging Republican incumbent Rob Portman and Democrat Ted Strickland in Ohio's U.S. Senate race.
- Court ruling raises possibility Kansas schools can't open Updated: May-28-16 2:23 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas faces a threat that its public schools won't open for the next school year after the state Supreme Court rejected some education funding changes made by the Republican-dominated Legislature.
- Official asked utility if it wanted help to quash order Updated: May-27-16 10:52 pm
LOS ANGELES - A California oil and gas official offered to try to get the governor's office to quash an order from air pollution regulators that was aimed at a utility responsible for a massive gas leak, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
- 153 homes in Bryan damaged by tornado Updated: May-27-16 10:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Latest on severe weather in the Plains and flooding in Texas following heavy rains (all times local):
- Top Kansas court: State not properly funding poor schools Updated: May-27-16 10:00 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday rejected some education funding changes enacted by the Legislature earlier this year and threatened to prevent the state's public schools from reopening for the new academic year if lawmakers don't act by June 30.
- The Latest: Kansas Democrat rips GOP on schools, LGBT issue Updated: May-27-16 9:41 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Latest on the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on school funding (all times local):
- Governor helps dedicate new Nevada Veterans Memorial Updated: May-27-16 8:50 pm
LAS VEGAS - Gov. Brian Sandoval and other dignitaries were on hand to dedicate a new Nevada Veterans Memorial outside a state office building in Las Vegas.
- Daugaard naming USD student to state Board of Regents Updated: May-27-16 8:43 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he's naming University of South Dakota student Conrad Adam to the state Board of Regents.
- Testimony: Speaker got consulting job because of position Updated: May-27-16 8:00 pm
OPELIKA, Alabama - Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard helped arrange and attended meetings with state officials as part of his economic development work for a municipal-owned gas utility, southeast Alabama officials testified Friday.
- The Latest: California predictable work schedule bill dies Updated: May-27-16 7:59 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):