- Rauner wins labor fight; Illinois House fails override Updated: Sep-02-15 9:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner won a victory over a Democratic majority Wednesday when the Illinois House failed to override his veto of legislation designed to prevent a strike or lockout if union contract negotiations break down.
- House committee to investigate charges vs Sec of State Duran Updated: Sep-02-15 9:02 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The speaker of New Mexico's House of Representatives said Wednesday that he has created a special committee to investigate charges of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
- Alaska Editorials Updated: Sep-02-15 8:44 pm
Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:
- Elections chief sums up ballot issues as about monopolies Updated: Sep-02-15 8:17 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's elections chief sums up the three statewide initiatives before voters this fall as being about one thing: monopolies.
- Kansas judge rejects policy lawmakers imposed on courts Updated: Sep-02-15 7:52 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas judge Wednesday struck down an administrative change legislators imposed on the state's courts, a ruling the attorney general said could jeopardize the judicial branch's entire budget.
- Retirement age would rise to 67 under pension proposal Updated: Sep-02-15 7:28 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The normal retirement age for many new public workers would increase two years to 67 under a proposal state lawmakers may consider in the upcoming legislative session.
- Kentucky clerk gets help from GOP state Senate president Updated: Sep-02-15 7:11 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The Republican president of the Kentucky state Senate has asked a federal judge to withhold his ruling ordering a county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Lawmakers deny they were making out in car at Minnesota park Updated: Sep-02-15 7:10 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Two Minnesota lawmakers accused of making out in a car at a regional park say a park ranger made up the story.
- Sweeney, Dems push Christie to sign changes to voting law Updated: Sep-02-15 7:07 pm
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - Key New Jersey lawmakers say Gov. Chris Christie should sign legislation to modernize laws governing the state's elections.
- Protesters back bill spurred by recent police shootings Updated: Sep-02-15 6:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers took up bills to regulate videos of police activities and law enforcement's acquisition of surplus military on Wednesday as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside the governor's office urging the Legislature to take action on a bill to require better oversight of police interactions with the public.
- Nearly $32M in state funding to help renovate Alamo Updated: Sep-02-15 6:35 pm
SAN ANTONIO - Texas officials unveiled a nearly $32 million state effort Wednesday to renovate the Alamo and its grounds with the public's help.
- The Latest: GOP Senate president asks for time to change law Updated: Sep-02-15 6:31 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The latest on a county clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses (all times local):
- The Latest: Child care restoration fails in Illinois House Updated: Sep-02-15 6:17 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times local):
- Erosion-control structures could expand in North Carolina Updated: Sep-02-15 5:54 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Some legislators are once again trying to expand the number of new coastal jetties allowed along the North Carolina coast. This time, they're trying to do it in the final budget law.
- Lawmakers advance protection for transgender Californians Updated: Sep-02-15 5:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers have approved two bills aimed at offering greater legal protection and benefits to transgender Californians.
- Auditor: New Mexico had $100M special education shortfall Updated: Sep-02-15 5:38 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico saw a shortfall of more than $100 million in special education funding for three years, and that shortfall put the state at risk of losing important federal funding, the New Mexico State Auditor's office announced Wednesday.
- Lawmakers approve charity raffles for major league sports Updated: Sep-02-15 5:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's major league sports clubs could conduct charitable gambling at professional sports venues under legislation approved Wednesday.
- Legislative leaders interview candidates for LRC director Updated: Sep-02-15 5:35 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Candidates for director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission have undergone interviews in Frankfort, but there's been no decision on a new leader.
- Montana insists it can't release child death information Updated: Sep-02-15 5:20 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana child welfare officials have reiterated their position that state law prohibits disclosure of information about child abuse deaths despite a warning from the federal government that continued secrecy could jeopardize grant money.
- Lawmakers push public retirement funds to divest from coal Updated: Sep-02-15 4:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a plan to force the state's two largest public pension funds to divest from coal holdings.
- Angelle campaign takes issue with ad from pro-Vitter PAC Updated: Sep-02-15 4:41 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An attack ad launched by a super PAC supporting David Vitter's campaign for governor says his GOP rival Scott Angelle wants to "tax the Internet" and collect $900 more a year from each Louisiana taxpayer.
- California seeks to tighten ban on importing, selling ivory Updated: Sep-02-15 4:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers are moving to prohibit the sale of old ivory, as lawmakers voted Wednesday to close a loophole in the state's ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn.
- N. Carolina weighing single March 2016 primary for all races Updated: Sep-02-15 4:07 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina legislators are considering whether to move all primary elections next year to March, not just the presidential primaries, key House and Senate leaders said Wednesday.
- NC public schools: student gains slim, graduation rate up Updated: Sep-02-15 3:58 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - More children are graduating from North Carolina public schools, but only about a third of the 1.6 million students are on track to soak in the knowledge they'll need for the rest of their lives, data released Wednesday show.
- Google executive Dunne announces run for Vermont governor Updated: Sep-02-15 3:48 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Google executive and former Vermont lawmaker Matt Dunne announced Wednesday he is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016.