- New Mexico House approves ethics commission plan Updated: Feb-09-16 11:56 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico has moved closer than ever to creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct of public officials in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
- Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay Updated: Feb-09-16 8:21 pm
HOUSTON - A Houston-area couple forced a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.
- Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech Updated: Feb-09-16 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computer systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.
- Vietnam vet sues VA trying to get benefits living in Cuba Updated: Feb-09-16 5:21 pm
HAVANA - Otto Macias was 19 when he left Cuba in the throes of a socialist revolution, enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to fight communists as a machine-gunner in Vietnam.
- The Latest: Texas man in nanny imprisonment case given bond Updated: Feb-09-16 5:00 pm
HOUSTON - The Latest on a Houston-area couple accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their children and home without pay: (all times local):
- Nation's only unsalaried legislature is well compensated Updated: Feb-08-16 8:08 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico lawmakers were paid a combined $2.3 million last year for expenses, travel and other costs in what marked a 25 percent increase over the previous comparable legislative session.
- Many Oklahoma employees get raises despite salary freeze Updated: Feb-07-16 12:04 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Thousands of Oklahoma state employees received pay raises last year and thousands more were hired despite warnings of an approaching budget shortfall and a personnel freeze ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin.
- Report: SC workers make less, pay more for benefits Updated: Feb-05-16 6:36 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A report on state workers' salaries shows they're underpaid compared with their counterparts in other states and local governments within South Carolina, plus they give up more of their paycheck for health care and retirement benefits than other public workers.
- Man sentenced in Wal-Mart check scam targeting hundreds Updated: Feb-04-16 4:50 pm
PITTSBURGH - A man who cashed $300,000 worth of counterfeit checks using personal information stolen by peeking over the shoulders of hundreds of Wal-Mart customers was sentenced to prison Thursday.
- NY Legislature weighing proposed raises for judges Updated: Feb-04-16 4:26 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's trial judges would get nearly $20,000 raises this year under an updated budget request from the judiciary.
- White Castle's mayor defends pay hikes Updated: Feb-03-16 7:22 pm
WHITE CASTLE, Louisiana - White Castle Mayor Jermarr Williams is defending several pay increases he received that have been publicly called into question by former Alderman Garnell Young.
- Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control Updated: Feb-03-16 4:55 pm
WASHINGTON - Responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation under legislation introduced Wednesday as part of an overhaul of how Washington oversees the aviation system.
- New Mexico Senate panel OKs measure for teacher raises Updated: Feb-03-16 1:54 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico teachers and some administrators at various levels would see minimum salaries increase under a pared-down proposal that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections about the push being an unfunded mandate.
- 37 public directors receiving combined raises of $215K Updated: Feb-02-16 5:08 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The leaders of 37 public agencies and colleges in South Carolina are getting combined raises of $215,000.
- Madison County prosecuting attorney gets $28K raise Updated: Feb-02-16 7:01 am
CANTON, Mississippi - Madison County's prosecuting attorney has received a $28,500 raise.
- Top Edwards budget adviser says he'll cut executive payroll Updated: Feb-02-16 6:51 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says he will cut spending on his office's executive staff, amid criticism that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is paying too much for his cabinet secretaries.
- Arkansas governor reports more than $73K in trips accepted Updated: Feb-01-16 7:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his wife accepted more than $73,000 in trips last year, with a nonprofit foundation and the state Republican Party picking up the tab for his three overseas trade missions, he reported in documents filed Monday.
- Full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual budget address Updated: Feb-01-16 7:21 pm
The full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to lawmakers on Monday:
- Romania offers Moldova aid to keep it solvent, and with West Updated: Jan-26-16 10:54 am
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania offered Moldova emergency economic aid and a loan of 60 million euros ($65 million) on Tuesday in hopes of preventing economic collapse and keeping the impoverished ex-Soviet republic on a pro-European course.
- Governor's tapping of college endowments raises alumni ire Updated: Jan-24-16 11:33 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is tapping college endowments to advance her policy agenda without taxpayers having to foot the bill, but the unconventional practice is raising the ire of some alumni, donors and lawmakers.
- Jackson County sues state over unpaid bills amid budget woes Updated: Jan-23-16 11:40 am
CARBONDALE, Illinois - Jackson County in southern Illinois is the latest local government to sue the state over unpaid bills caused by the lack of a state spending plan.
- Law keeps Idaho insurance CEO's salaries secret Updated: Jan-23-16 11:01 am
BOISE, Idaho - To hear Gregory Ferch tell it, the meeting was a moment of clarity. He discovered what he didn't know. What he couldn't know. Because the law would not let him.
- Controller seeks info from NC teachers' group on membership Updated: Jan-21-16 6:29 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A state official has given the North Carolina Association of Educators a little more time before members could be barred from having dues deducted from their public school paychecks.
- U of Illinois freezes in-state tuition for 2nd year Updated: Jan-21-16 5:38 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - University of Illinois trustees on Thursday agreed for a second straight year to freeze tuition for in-state students even as they learned the school drew $671 million from cash reserves to make up for the lack of state funding because of a budget deadlock.
- Brazil economy shed 1.5 million payroll jobs in 2015 Updated: Jan-21-16 5:18 pm
SAO PAULO - Brazil lost 1.5 million payroll jobs in 2015 amid a contracting economy that has led to high inflation and layoffs in the manufacturing and service sectors, the labor ministry said Thursday.