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  • Farley Nuclear Plant conducting exercise 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:34 am
  • DOTHAN, Alabama - Officials at the Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan are telling people not to get excited if they see a lot of law enforcement and emergency vehicles around the plant next week.

  • Nebraska lawmakers to study tax issues over break 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:04 am
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - After providing more than $400 million in tax relief for Nebraskans this session, lawmakers are still looking at changes to the state's tax structure.

  • Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:52 am
  • AMSTERDAM - Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.

  • Analysis: Hoping legislative defeats boost turnout 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:26 am
  • WASHINGTON - Flip sides of the same campaign-season coin, the Republican drive in Congress to repeal the nation's health care law and the Democratic call to close the pay gap for women have much in common.

  • Road kill bill would make claiming animals simpler 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:13 am
  • LANSING, Michigan - Getting a drive-through meal could take on new meaning in Michigan if legislation is approved making it easier to take home road kill.

  • Brown County takes 2nd run at courthouse upgrades 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:05 am
  • NASHVILLE, Indiana - Brown County officials are taking another run at residents in hopes they'll support a tax increase for an expansion of the outdated 130-year-old courthouse.

  • 6 charged with conspiracy to defraud government 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 3:04 am
  • JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Six people have been charged in a conspiracy to defraud the government in Jacksonville federal court.

  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:19 am
  • WASHINGTON - People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

  • Western officials discuss taking land from feds 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:53 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - Officials from nine Western states say it's time they take control of federal lands within their borders.

  • NY judge upholds charges against financier's kin 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 9:19 pm
  • NEW YORK - A judge has declined to toss out federal fraud charges against the brother of a one-time billionaire hedge fund founder, though she noted that two charges have flaws that the government must fix.

  • Court case to test Minnesota's 'Buy the Farm' law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:34 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - A case set for trial next week is expected to test Minnesota's "Buy the Farm" law, which is meant to require utilities building high-voltage power lines to buy out farms in the way if affected landowners demand it.

  • Ex-Vermont employee faces embezzlement charges 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:16 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - A former state employee was charged Friday with embezzling more than $50,000 by using what Gov. Peter Shumlin called a "fairly sophisticated" scheme that involved setting up false claims against the state and then using the money that was to pay those claims for her own purposes.

  • Democrats: Illinois schools could face major cuts 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:08 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Most of Illinois' 860 school districts would see cuts in funding if the state's temporary tax increase is rolled back as scheduled, according to a document being circulated as part of Illinois Democrats' campaign to preserve the tax hike and push to update the state's school funding formula.

  • Citing fraud, Maine to put photos on EBT cards 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:41 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine will begin putting photo identification on welfare benefit cards this month, first in Bangor and then across the state in an effort to target fraud and abuse, Gov. Paul LePage's administration said on Friday.

  • Food stamp backlog still costs NC governments 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:31 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - Meeting deadlines set by federal regulators to eliminate North Carolina's backlog of food stamp applications still came with a cost to state and local governments.

  • Officials announce plan for Microsoft data center 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:08 pm
  • WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, state and local officials announced Friday, bringing the company's total investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion, the largest in the state to date.

  • State OKs tax credits for Tama meatpacking plant 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:52 pm
  • TAMA, Iowa - State officials on Friday approved tax credits for developers to reopen a long-closed meatpacking plant in Tama that would eventually employ about 600 workers.

  • Conservative think tank CEO headed to Virginia 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:38 pm
  • PORTLAND, Maine - The CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center is resigning at the end of April to lead Virginia-based State Budget Solutions, a think tank that aims to help states develop fiscally sound budgets.

  • Medicaid, welfare to play big in Maine campaigns 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:18 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Democrats have fallen short so far in their attempt to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law this year, and Republicans didn't get their wish to overhaul welfare programs, either. But that won't stop them from trying to transform those failures into successes on the campaign trail as they now return to their districts to drum up votes for the November election.

  • Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:05 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

  • Colorado angles to expand hemp industry 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:52 pm
  • DENVER - Colorado is just starting its experiment with industrial hemp production, but interest in the new crop is so strong that the state is moving to expand the number and size of farms growing marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin.

  • Judge strikes down part of Minnesota energy law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:44 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - A federal judge has found that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional and she barred state officials from enforcing it.

  • Illinois' mining-oversight official fired 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:41 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A top administrator with the Illinois state agency that regulates coal mining and other energy interests has been fired, becoming the latest official to depart in the last two months.

  • Chafee signs digital proof of insurance bill 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:34 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation allowing motorists in Rhode Island to use their smartphones to offer police proof they have auto insurance.

  • Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:13 pm
  • CHICAGO - For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.