- Hundreds pack State House for public budget hearing Updated: May-05-15 7:55 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Hundreds of New Hampshire residents flooded the State House on Tuesday to advocate for more state spending on substance abuse treatment, services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, the university system and more.
- US Sens. Warren, Markey vote against GOP budget proposal Updated: May-05-15 7:50 pm
BOSTON - The state's two Democratic U.S. senators have both voted against a Republican-led budget proposal that they say will harm families and businesses in Massachusetts.
- Senate leader says he's singled out for criticism as Latino Updated: May-01-15 5:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The leader of the California state Senate says he was singled out for criticism for his $50,000 swearing-in ceremony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles last fall because he is Latino.
- Solar company moving workers out of Arizona due to fees Updated: Apr-30-15 8:23 pm
PHOENIX - A major rooftop solar installer is downsizing its Arizona presence in response to new fees imposed by Salt River Project, the company said Thursday.
- Senate panel votes to expand tax-free college accounts Updated: Apr-29-15 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel passed a bill Wednesday that would expand popular tax-free college savings accounts that President Barack Obama failed to scale back.
- Another measure to block advance of NC renewables law falls Updated: Apr-22-15 7:55 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina electric companies must keep planning to generate more power through alternative sources and other measures after an effort to freeze those requirements failed to advance Wednesday through a House committee.
- Group helps people pay for fuel at Lincoln store's pumps Updated: Apr-22-15 7:10 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Hoping to raise people's awareness about fuel taxes, Americans for Prosperity have paid part of what people were paying for fuel at a Lincoln convenience store.
- California officials propose higher rates for some Updated: Apr-21-15 9:34 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - California households that use the least electricity would start paying more for it, under a proposal put before state utility regulators on Tuesday intended to bring the prices charged for electricity more in line with its actual costs.
- Some Kentucky customers to pay more for power, gas bills Updated: Apr-21-15 1:56 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky Utilities' customers will pay more for their monthly electric bill while Louisville Gas & Electric customers will pay more for their gas bills, according to a settlement reached Tuesday concerning the companies' rate requests.
- Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature Updated: Apr-18-15 12:56 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save programs near and dear to the Democrats.
- Long-term care issue hits close to home for Sen. Warner Updated: Apr-18-15 10:38 am
NORFOLK, Virginia - Five years after U.S. Sen. Mark Warner's mother died of Alzheimer's, he is still haunted by what he might have done differently for her - if only he had known her wishes.
- Jeb Bush praises Mississippi special education vouchers Updated: Apr-16-15 4:59 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A new Mississippi law that creates state-funded vouchers to support private schooling for some special education students should provide hope and opportunity for the most vulnerable people in society, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday in Jackson.
- At NC town hall, Obama says working families deserve support Updated: Apr-15-15 9:16 pm
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Helping working families get quality child care is a good investment in the country's overall economic health, President Barack Obama told an audience gathered Wednesday in downtown Charlotte.
- Rauner resists extending medical marijuana program for now Updated: Apr-13-15 2:22 pm
CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants the state's medical marijuana program to be thoroughly reviewed before a decision is made on whether to extend it beyond 2017, according to a spokeswoman.
- State inspectors check accuracy of pumps, scales Updated: Apr-13-15 1:10 pm
BEND, Oregon - When the cashier weighs apples at the grocery store or the attendant pumps gas at the station, most customers probably don't think twice about whether those measurements are accurate.
- Panel advances bill allowing state money for private schools Updated: Apr-10-15 6:19 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada Senate committee has passed a bill allowing students to use the state funds designated for their public education at a private school.
- Social media, Humane Society improving animals' lives Updated: Apr-10-15 11:25 am
KOKOMO, Indiana - In the days before the Internet, there wasn't much hope for severely injured animals that found their way to places like the Kokomo Humane Society.
- Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K Updated: Apr-09-15 6:52 pm
NEW YORK - The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.
- AT&T paying $25M to settle US action over data breaches Updated: Apr-08-15 2:40 pm
WASHINGTON - AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines that compromised customer data for some 280,000 U.S. customer accounts.
- Congressman Grayson and wife agree to annulment Updated: Apr-07-15 8:32 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his wife have agreed to annul their 24-year marriage as they continued talks on a settlement, ending an acrimonious divorce process that had included allegations of bigamy, financial abandonment and battery.
- Duke seeks to borrow $1.4 billion for Crystal River plant Updated: Apr-07-15 7:13 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Duke Energy is seeking permission from the state to borrow $1.4 billion to pay off the cost of the closed Crystal River nuclear plant, saying it will save its customers money.
- Medicare bill helps doctors and kids, but deficit foes cool Updated: Apr-06-15 1:43 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans say bipartisan legislation reworking how Medicare pays doctors is a milestone toward curbing the huge, growing benefit program.