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  • new storyState high court ousts breath test evidence in DUI case 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 12:38 pm

    HONOLULU - DUI cases may be impacted by a state Supreme Court decision that ousted a defendant's breath test as evidence.

  • Arrests for drunken boating plummet on Missouri waterways 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 11:36 am

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Arrests for drunken boating on Missouri waterways have fallen by 63 percent since the Missouri State Water Patrol merged with the Highway Patrol in 2011.

  • Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 11:31 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner says his moratorium attempting to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Illinois is simply a request for the Obama administration to "take a deep breath" and tighten the review process to make sure Washington shares necessary information with the states.

  • Lawmakers work on public safety pension system overhaul plan 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 10:40 am

    PHOENIX - A plan to overhaul the state's woefully underfunded pension plan for public safety workers is nearing completion after months of meetings between lawmakers, pension officials, firefighter and police unions and cities, towns and other public agencies that pay into the system.

  • GOP candidate for governor softens refugee stance 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 10:18 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - One of the Vermont Republicans seeking his party's nomination to run for governor next year says he's become more comfortable with the vetting of Syrian refugees after learning more about how refugees are screened before they are brought to the United States.

  • Bill would restrict some Ohio villages' ticketing practices 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 10:16 am

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - State lawmakers are trying to prevent some Ohio villages from accepting direct payments for traffic-related violations.

  • Some see transportation projects dwindling in New Jersey 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 9:58 am

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Drivers on New Jersey roads this holiday season might see fewer signs of state contracting work, and some in the industry say it's a result of a dwindling fund to pay for roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

  • Fargo attorneys say ruling on drug dogs shows flaws in law 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 9:49 am

    FARGO, North Dakota - Defense attorneys in Fargo who have argued that unwarranted searches with drug-sniffing dogs are unconstitutional and unfair to lower-income people say this week's ruling from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backs their premise.

  • NY Gov. Cuomo warns holiday shoppers about identity theft 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 9:08 am

    ALBANY, New York - With the return of the holiday shopping season New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning consumers to be on the look-out for charity scams, identity theft and offers that are just too good to be true.

  • State officials offer tips for a safe Thanksgiving 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 8:51 am

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island officials are offering tips to help residents celebrate Thanksgiving safely.

  • New Mexico Dem leader unsure on GOP driver's license fix 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 5:01 am

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico House Minority Leader Brian Egolf says he's not ready to support a GOP-sponsored proposal creating a "two-tier" driver's license system modeled after Utah.

  • Records: new university pays $200K for public relations firm 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 3:02 am

    LAKELAND, Florida - Records show that Florida Polytechnic University has paid a Tampa public relations firm more than $200,000 for media relations help since April 2013 - 16 months before the school opened.

  • Missouri Planned Parenthood says legal action likely 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 10:19 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A regional Planned Parenthood official said Wednesday that the organization likely would take legal action against the state of Missouri after a Columbia clinic halted abortions this week, leaving just one in the state that still performs them.

  • Alaska, British Columbia leaders sign cooperative agreement 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 9:23 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark signed a cooperative agreement Wednesday committing to work together on issues of shared interest, including addressing concerns about the effect of Canadian mining on waters flowing into Alaska.

  • Obama admin says states lack authority to block refugees story has photos
    Updated: Nov-25-15 7:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - Amid a growing political controversy, the Obama administration on Wednesday reminded state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees.

  • Nevada taxable sales up 5 percent in September 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 7:51 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - The amount of taxable sales in Nevada rose more than 5 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago, although state revenue collected from it is slightly less than expected.

  • Malloy thankful for reforms in annual Thanksgiving message 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 7:04 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he's thankful Connecticut is creating a "second chance society," where nonviolent criminals are given more opportunities to get drug treatment and successfully reintegrate into society.

  • The Latest: Canada official calls pact with Alaska important 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 6:51 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - The latest on the signing of a cooperative agreement by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark (all times local):

  • Minnesota braces for legal fight over PolyMet mine decisions 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 5:08 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A top state official said Wednesday he was finalizing plans for retaining an outside law firm to handle lawsuits stemming from PolyMet Mining Corp.'s proposal to build a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, which is expected to be challenged regardless of whether state regulators approve the project's needed permits.

  • Counties may sue Pennsylvania over 5-month budget standoff 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 4:44 pm

    Pennsylvania's cash-strapped counties are saying enough is enough as the budget impasse in Harrisburg nears its sixth month. They are exploring a lawsuit to force the state to release funds, and at least one already declared it will protest by withholding millions of dollars it collects in state real estate transfer taxes and court fees.

  • New Mexico AG: Budget not keeping pace with crime growth 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 4:43 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico faces a public safety crisis and needs resources to respond to everything from police officer shootings to consumer fraud, state Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

  • UT report lays out options for boosting road funding 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 4:34 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A University of Tennessee study released Wednesday is laying out some options for the state to boost its funding for road projects, ranging from charging drivers by the mile to tapping the state's general fund.

  • Under fire, Pennsylvania attorney general plans email review 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 3:10 pm

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania Senate moved a step closer on Wednesday to potentially removing the state's embattled attorney general from office, while she raised the possibility of criminal charges against others in a slowly unfolding scandal involving public officials exchanging sexually explicit or otherwise offensive emails.

  • Illinois makes tax break deals with 3 companies 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 3:03 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Department of Commerce has agreed to tax breaks for three small companies that plan to add a total of 87 new jobs, the first deals since Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent decision to reinstate corporate tax incentives.

  • Bill Clinton opening fundraising spree for wife's campaign 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:49 pm

    WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton is going on a fundraising swing reminiscent of his presidential campaigns of the 1990s. But this time he's doing it for his wife.