- 5th Circuit tells courts to issue same-sex marriage rulings Updated: Jul-01-15 10:43 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
- Brown signs last of 3 ethics-related bills Updated: Jul-01-15 10:32 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown has signed the last of three ethics-related bills she requested after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling scandal.
- Oregon senators pass bill tracking toxic chemicals in toys Updated: Jul-01-15 10:18 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon senators took steps to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products and toys when they approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to build a list of chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde, found in items made for kids under the age of 12.
- Michigan Senate approves $1.5B road plan with gas tax hike Updated: Jul-01-15 10:08 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a $1.5 billion plan to improve deteriorating Michigan roads by raising fuel taxes and redirecting money from elsewhere in the budget.
- State House backs Eastern Oregon speed limit hike Updated: Jul-01-15 9:50 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon House is getting behind a plan to boost speed limits on Eastern Oregon highways.
- Washington has a budget, but Legislature isn't finished Updated: Jul-01-15 9:31 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state has a budget for the next two years. The government has not shut down. So why haven't state lawmakers gone home for summer vacation? They still have work to do.
- Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance Updated: Jul-01-15 9:25 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts - including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation - to the nation's third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn't afford.
- Oklahoma attorney general challenges EPA's clean-air plan Updated: Jul-01-15 9:22 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
- Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage Updated: Jul-01-15 9:08 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.
- Alabama state Sen. Cam Ward arrested on DUI charge Updated: Jul-01-15 8:38 pm
COLUMBIANA, Alabama - State Sen. Cam Ward has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
- Kansas AG plans to appeal ruling blocking anti-abortion law Updated: Jul-01-15 8:05 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas' attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling temporarily blocking the state's first-in-the-nation ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure.
- Wide environmental changes get initial NC Senate OK Updated: Jul-01-15 7:47 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Senate Republicans on Wednesday backed off some provisions in their annual "regulatory reform" measure but retained several that critics say would damage water quality and discourage citizen lawsuits.
- Walker reduces amount available for oil tax credits Updated: Jul-01-15 7:46 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker is limiting the amount available to pay for oil and gas tax credits this fiscal year, saying Wednesday that no sector of the state would be untouched by Alaska's current budget situation.
- Michigan senators spar over Juneteenth slavery resolution Updated: Jul-01-15 7:34 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A proposed Michigan legislative resolution recognizing a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery is on hold because Republican leaders are uncomfortable with the language, spurring criticism from the measure's black sponsor that attempting to change the wording is a form of "white privilege."
- Illinois House defeats 1-month budget, battle continues Updated: Jul-01-15 7:16 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A spending plan allowing Illinois to limp through the month while a long-term budget battle rages failed in the House Wednesday and hopes for a temporary fix dimmed even before facing an almost certain veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
- Equal protection protests lead to arrests at NC legislature Updated: Jul-01-15 7:13 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's Supreme Court rulings.
- Officials: FBI won't allow Utah to flag immigrant drivers Updated: Jul-01-15 7:08 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - State officials say the FBI is making it difficult for Utah to enforce a new state law that would beef up background checks for driving privilege cards issued to immigrants who illegally entered the country.
- Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah laws Updated: Jul-01-15 7:05 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - More than 50 new laws took effect Wednesday in Utah, including measures requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test, restrictions on electronic-cigarette sellers and expanded death benefits for families of fallen police officers and firefighters.
- Jindal agrees to new housing protections for abuse victims Updated: Jul-01-15 6:56 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Victims of domestic violence are receiving new housing protections in state law.
- Montana Supreme Court reverses police seizure of Hummer Updated: Jul-01-15 6:55 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that Missoula police were wrong to seize a Hummer titled to the mother of a murderer.
- Wisconsin married couples to benefit under tax package Updated: Jul-01-15 6:47 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Married couples would benefit the most under a Republican-authored tax plan that's to be added to the state budget on Thursday.
- SC counties to receive between $2M and $18M for road repair Updated: Jul-01-15 6:47 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina's counties are expected to receive between $2 million and $18 million each this year for road repair through the state budget that took effect Wednesday.
- Puerto Rico power company forced to sell bonds amid crisis Updated: Jul-01-15 6:40 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's troubled power company has been forced to sell bonds again to obtain capital and avoid defaulting on a $415 million debt payment due Wednesday amid a worsening economic crisis in the U.S. territory.
- Moore, AP West editor, named Milwaukee correspondent Updated: Jul-01-15 6:28 pm
MILWAUKEE - Greg Moore, an editor on The Associated Press' West regional desk, has been named supervisory correspondent in the cooperative's Milwaukee bureau.
- Idaho education department releases new test scores Updated: Jul-01-15 6:27 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho students scored higher taking new standardized tests compared with the national benchmarks used to measure English language arts and math proficiency.