- Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill Updated: Jul-02-15 10:04 am
NEW ORLEANS - BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.
- After trade deal, Obama seeks to repair rift with labor Updated: Jul-02-15 9:04 am
WASHINGTON - After the push for trade legislation ruptured relations between the White House and organized labor, President Barack Obama is embarking on something of a repair mission.
- New malt beverage administrator hired Updated: Jul-02-15 4:04 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky's Department for Alcoholic Beverage Control has a new malt beverage administrator to help enforce the state's alcohol laws and regulations.
- 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.
- California regulators prepared to overhaul electricity rates Updated: Jul-01-15 9:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - California regulators are considering a new way for residents to pay for electricity, imposing a charge on the greatest energy users while narrowing price gaps for everyone else.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1st investigations wrapping up on over-budget VA hospital Updated: Jul-01-15 9:04 pm
AURORA, Colorado - The first inquiries into what went wrong with a vastly over-budget veterans medical center outside Denver could be done soon, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.
- 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.
- Missouri panel rejects plan for multistate wind power line Updated: Jul-01-15 7:43 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday denied a company's request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri that was planned for a multistate wind energy project.
- More tribes sign gambling agreements with New Mexico Updated: Jul-01-15 7:40 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - One northern New Mexico tribe is digging in its heels, but others have signed new gambling agreements with the state in recent weeks to ensure they can operate their casinos for another two decades.
- McCain, Flake send letter to Senate over flight path changes Updated: Jul-01-15 7:35 pm
PHOENIX - Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona have sent a letter to some U.S. Senate committee members about the flight path changes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
- 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.
- CEOs of mortgage giants Fannie and Freddie get big raises Updated: Jul-01-15 6:44 pm
NEW YORK - The CEOs of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting large raises, to about $4 million a year, as the government relaxes rules that were imposed on the companies after they suffered big losses and were bailed out.
- New laws: breastfeeding protections, safety for bikers Updated: Jul-01-15 6:41 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The start of the state's new fiscal year Wednesday also meant a slew of new laws kicking in. Some of the more notable:
- Amid uncertainty, Virginia utility makes transitional plan Updated: Jul-01-15 6:36 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Virginia Power on Wednesday suggested how it may transition to new ways of generating energy, citing the uncertainty of new U.S. environmental rules.
- Kansas gun dealer to pay $132K to woman for selling to felon Updated: Jul-01-15 6:35 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Owners of a southeast Kansas gun shop sued for selling a weapon that a man used to kill himself and his 8-year-old son have reached a $132,000 settlement with the child's mother, according to lawyers in the case.
- 3,000 baby floats recalled because they can deflate Updated: Jul-01-15 6:20 pm
NEW YORK - About 3,000 inflatable baby floats are being recalled because they can deflate, posing a risk that a child could drown.
- Kansas utility agrees to refund $10M, drop electric rates Updated: Jul-01-15 5:51 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The largest electric utility in Kansas would refund $10 million to its customers and decrease future rates slightly under an agreement Wednesday to settle a complaint filed by state regulators with the federal government.
- Obama urges bipartisanship in Medicaid expansion effort Updated: Jul-01-15 5:38 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he'd like to see "some good sense spring forth" as Tennessee lawmakers try to work out their differences and expand Medicaid in a state he touted as having a history of bipartisanship.
- Regulators approve hospital building with conditions Updated: Jul-01-15 5:31 pm
BURLINGTON, Vermont - Regulators have approved the addition of a 128-room, $187.3 million building at the University of Vermont Medical Center with conditions that could postpone construction.
- Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision Updated: Jul-01-15 5:04 pm
WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states.
- New Oklahoma laws target gun safety, ridesharing programs Updated: Jul-01-15 4:57 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Dozens of new laws went into effect Wednesday in Oklahoma, including one that sets up regulations for ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft and another that requires courts to report certain information for background checks on gun buyers.
- Dominion seeks Va. OK to build $1.3 billion gas-fired plant Updated: Jul-01-15 4:36 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Virginia Power is seeking regulatory approval of a proposed $1.3 billion gas-fired power plant in Greensville County.