State governments

January 22, 2018 - 6:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Potential changes to North Carolina's judicial election districts considered by House and Senate members are taking a backseat for now to pending litigation over the General Assembly's own districts, legislative leaders said Monday. Top Republican negotiators had said late last...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, walks with other members of Congress to the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, to begin a vote on a short term spending bill to reopen the government. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 22, 2018 - 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Prominent immigrant advocacy groups are skewering Democratic senators for relenting in a fight that linked immigration changes to continued government funding. The youth group United We Dream says Senate Democrats who...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017 file photo, Montana Governor Steve Bullock speaks before a U.S. Senate committee Capitol Hill in Washington. The Democrat signed an executive order Monday prohibiting telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they interfere with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File )
January 22, 2018 - 6:10 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana on Monday became the first state to bar telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they interfere with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps, under an order from Gov. Steve Bullock intended to protect so-called net neutrality. The...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Senate leaders have reached an agreement to advance a bill ending government shutdown. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 22, 2018 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government late Monday as Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations, relenting in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "dreamers" and other contentious issues...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., left, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., center left, and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., right, watch as President-elect Donald Trump, center right, departs a rally in Hershey, Pa. The Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's congressional map in a 4-3 decision Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, granting a major victory to Democrats who charged that the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
January 22, 2018 - 5:57 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's widely criticized congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who alleged the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans and setting off a scramble to draw a new map. In...
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January 22, 2018 - 3:22 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday privately signed Vermont's marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an act of a state legislature. The law, which goes into effect July 1, allows adults to possess up to...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2013, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, and Joseph Percoco, executive deputy secretary, stand at a news conference in Albany, N.Y. Percoco is set to go on trial in New York, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, on charges that he orchestrated a complicated bribery and extortion scheme involving deep pocketed lobbyists and developers. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
January 22, 2018 - 2:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime aide to New York's governor is being tried on charges he used their relationship to collect bribes from two companies doing business with the state. Jury selection started Monday in federal court in Manhattan in the trial of Joseph Percoco, a former aide to Gov. Andrew...
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January 22, 2018 - 2:46 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A scabies outbreak at a south Arkansas nursing home spread throughout the facility and into the community after those in charge failed to act, according to a government report. Government documents show that officials at Longmeadow Nursing Care in Camden told nursing staff...
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In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, photo a sign in support of Oregon's Measure 101 is displayed by a homeowner along a roadside in Lake Oswego, Ore. Experts say the special election Tuesday in Oregon is the only instance where voters -- instead of lawmakers -- will decide how to fund the Medicaid expansion among the 32 states and Washington that added enrollees under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
January 22, 2018 - 1:02 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured — one of America's lowest rates. Now, with the reduction of a federal match that covered those enrollees, the state is...
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The dome of the Capitol Building is visible at left of a closure sign that is posted outside of the Library of Congress during a government shutdown in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 22, 2018 - 12:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government shutdown has effectively cleaved the federal workforce in half, sowing confusion and frustration among hundreds of thousands of affected workers, including some who reported to work Monday only to turn right back around. "I'm on the shelf," Rusty Payne, a furloughed...
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