- Hawaii legislators call for more security at Kaena Point Updated: Feb-08-16 5:01 am
HONOLULU - State lawmakers are considering heightened security at Kaena Point on Oahu following the deaths of at least three Laysan albatross and the destruction of several of the birds' nests at the nature reserve.
- Gallup senator's detox center proposal goes before committee Updated: Feb-08-16 5:01 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A proposal to fund detox and substance abuse treatment centers for the homeless with money from the state's liquor exise tax is scheduled to go before the state Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee on Monday.
- House panel to debate tax credit for concealed carry permit Updated: Feb-08-16 5:01 am
PHOENIX - A House panel is set to debate the merits of a tax credit for concealed carry permit holders.
- Fuel experts to discuss California's higher gas prices Updated: Feb-08-16 3:39 am
SACRAMENTO, California - A state panel is meeting Monday to investigate why California gas prices are consistently higher than the national average and whether state lawmakers can do anything about it.
- West Virginia flags to be lowered in commissioner's memory Updated: Feb-08-16 3:25 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered state flags at the Capitol Complex in Charleston and at state-owned facilities in Harrison County to be lowered to half-staff in memory of Harrison County Commissioner Frank "Chunki" Angotti.
- West Virginia House set for vote on permitless gun bill Updated: Feb-08-16 3:10 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would lift permit requirements to carry a covered-up gun.
- Higher ed up next on New York lawmakers' budget agenda Updated: Feb-08-16 3:05 am
ALBANY, New York - Higher Education spending is next on the agenda for New York lawmakers as they continue work on the 2016-17 state budget.
- Opponents rally against Delaware death penalty Updated: Feb-08-16 2:15 am
DOVER, Delaware - Opponents of capital punishment are planning a rally to protest the defeat of a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty, and what they describe as chronic racial injustice in the state.
- USDA grant to help South Dakota increase ethanol usage Updated: Feb-08-16 2:15 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - The USDA has awarded the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development a $1.5 million grant to increase ethanol usage in South Dakota.
- Colorado's battle over tax limits could shape future growth Updated: Feb-08-16 2:14 am
DENVER - By 2030, Colorado's population will grow from 5 million to 7 million people, thanks in part to a strong and diverse economy, the state's famed Rocky Mountain quality of life, and its constitutionally-mandated low taxes.
- North Carolina Gov. McCrory in minor crash after Super Bowl Updated: Feb-08-16 2:02 am
SANTA CLARA, California - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory sustained minor injuries after the vehicle he was riding in was rear-ended shortly after the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl loss.
- Kansas bill would allow Bledsoe $235K Updated: Feb-07-16 5:39 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas man who was wrongfully convicted of murder would be eligible for about $235,000 in state compensation under proposed legislation.
- Home brewing bill on tap in state legislature Updated: Feb-07-16 3:38 pm
SHERIDAN, Wyoming - A bill has been proposed in the state Legislature that would allow homebrewers to bring their beers to brewfests throughout Wyoming.
- Oklahoma Legislature working to fill widening budget gap Updated: Feb-07-16 3:16 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - One year ago, depressed energy prices contributed to a $611 million hole in the state budget that forced Oklahoma lawmakers to tap dozens of non-recurring revenue sources to prevent draconian cuts to public services like schools, roads and public safety.
- Missouri WWII veteran says he was exposed to mustard gas Updated: Feb-07-16 3:01 pm
ST. LOUIS - In the final days of World War II, an 18-year-old Army private from Missouri named Arla Wayne Harrell was sent to Camp Crowder in the southwest corner of the state, where he said he was twice exposed to mustard gas.
- Cliven Bundy talks grazing contracts at Finicum funeral Updated: Feb-07-16 2:59 pm
KANAB, Utah - Cliven Bundy spoke against grazing contracts Friday during a funeral for an Oregon occupation leader who urged ranchers to disavow their contracts with the government.
- Bill proposes adding qualifications for sheriff candidatses Updated: Feb-07-16 2:09 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A proposal has been approved by the state Senate's Public Affairs Committee that would increase the necessary qualifications needed to for sheriff in any New Mexico county.
- Vet's three-year battle with Montana VA ends in victory Updated: Feb-07-16 2:01 pm
GREAT FALLS, Montana - A Missoula veteran has won a victory in his three-year battle with the Veterans Administration over his traumatic brain injury.
- Rhode Island lawmakers to propose legalizing marijuana Updated: Feb-07-16 1:01 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A bill to legalize and tax recreational marijuana in Rhode Island is returning to the state's General Assembly after failing to pass in previous years.
- Documents show Iowa has backlog of criminal appeal cases Updated: Feb-07-16 12:52 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa attorney general's office has gained approval to temporarily hire lawyers to deal with a backlog of criminal appeal cases that have piled up since an Iowa Supreme Court rule change in 2012.
- Bledsoe case influences bill requiring taped interrogations Updated: Feb-07-16 12:49 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Law enforcement would be required to record some interrogations under a bill influenced by the case of a Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a killing his brother eventually admitted to committing.
- Nebraska fund would clarify financial onus of rape kit exams Updated: Feb-07-16 12:30 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Some Nebraska survivors of sexual assaults mistakenly receive statements for costs of medical exams, despite state and federal law prohibiting it, advocates say.
- Lawmakers to take up bill recognizing hate crimes Updated: Feb-07-16 12:24 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Forty-five states have hate crime laws, but Indiana isn't one of them.
- Florida considers anti-discrimination bill for LGBT rights Updated: Feb-07-16 12:16 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - When it comes to LGBT issues, Florida's Republican lawmakers are known more for trying to keep transgender people out of bathrooms, protect pastors from marrying same-sex couples and seek exemptions for private adoption agencies who don't want to place children with gay and lesbian couples.
- After suicide attempt, Missouri lawmaker speaks out Updated: Feb-07-16 12:10 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri state Rep. Genise Montecillo is talking about her suicide attempt in hopes of helping others dealing with suicidal thoughts and depression.