- Wyoming corrections chief: $85 million to fix Rawlins prison Updated: Feb-09-16 3:30 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Fixing structural problems at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins will cost $85 million, the state's corrections chief told state lawmakers Tuesday.
- Brazil governor wants environmental fund to pay pensions Updated: Feb-09-16 3:18 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Rio de Janeiro state governor wants to use money earmarked for an environmental fund being used to clean up waterways before the upcoming Olympics to cover shortfalls in civil servants' pensions, a major Brazilian daily said Tuesday.
- Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock Updated: Feb-09-16 3:15 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July.
- Duff unveils bill allowing Tesla to sell cars to consumers Updated: Feb-09-16 3:12 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The majority leader of the Connecticut Senate announced Tuesday he's resurrecting legislation that would allow Tesla Motors and other electric vehicle manufacturers to sell cars directly to consumers.
- University of Kansas touts projects, defends bonding deal Updated: Feb-09-16 3:07 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The University of Kansas turned to a Wisconsin agency to secure financing for new student housing and new science labs because it needed to move quickly, university officials said Tuesday, as the school sought to answer Republican lawmakers' allegations that it went rogue.
- SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project Updated: Feb-09-16 3:07 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline.
- Court upholds tax evasion convictions of Atkins diet doctor Updated: Feb-09-16 3:06 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution."
- Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay Updated: Feb-09-16 2:59 pm
HOUSTON - A Houston-area couple is accused of forcing 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 2:52 pm
WASHINGTON - The federal government is relying on archaic computers systems to protect reams of critical data from cyberattacks, President Barack Obama warned Tuesday as he announced a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.
- NY lawmakers propose tax deferrals to defray childcare costs Updated: Feb-09-16 2:50 pm
ALBANY, New York - Democrats in the New York state Senate say the state should allow families with young children to defer some of their state income taxes to help them cover the cost of childcare.
- A look at Obama's final budget proposal Updated: Feb-09-16 2:44 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:
- Truck toll bill heads to full House vote Updated: Feb-09-16 2:41 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A shouting match between Rhode Island lawmakers didn't stop a bill to create highway tolls on big-rig trucks from moving toward passage in the state's General Assembly.
- Idaho House OKs bill to end indexing of homeowner exemption Updated: Feb-09-16 2:33 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho House has approved legislation to cap the state's homeowner property tax exemption.
- University of Arizona law school opens satellite in China Updated: Feb-09-16 2:32 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - The University of Arizona is partnering with a Chinese university to teach the U.S. legal system to students in Asia.
- State agency raises cost concerns about Medicaid proposal Updated: Feb-09-16 2:29 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is once again raising concerns about the cost of a proposal to insure thousands of low-income residents with Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act.
- Iowa Senate OKs 4 percent hike in future K-12 school budget Updated: Feb-09-16 2:12 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate has passed legislation that would establish future state aid for K-12 schools, though the funding remains unclear as lawmakers debate more immediate education costs.
- North Carolina Medicaid $181M under budget at year midpoint Updated: Feb-09-16 2:04 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's Medicaid finances are continuing to run under budget thanks to essentially flat enrollment growth and less-than-anticipated medical expenses and use of services.
- Icebreaker, Alaska village funds in Obama proposed budget Updated: Feb-09-16 1:55 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget includes funding for construction of a new polar icebreaker and relocation costs for Alaska coastal communities threatened by erosion. But it faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Congress.
- Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan Updated: Feb-09-16 1:50 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sent Congress his final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to fighting growing threats from Islamic State militants.
- Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations Updated: Feb-09-16 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, as the Islamic State threat in that region continues to grow.
- Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill Updated: Feb-09-16 1:35 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday.
- Obama budget includes money for Albuquerque transit project Updated: Feb-09-16 1:12 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget includes support for funding for a major mass transit project in Albuquerque.
- Sweeney plans ballot question on phasing in $15 minimum wage Updated: Feb-09-16 1:09 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's minimum wage would rise to $15 over eight years and employers who pay above the rate could qualify for a tax credit under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Senate President Steve Sweeny.
- Mississippi education leaders seek 8 percent budget increase Updated: Feb-09-16 12:41 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson says lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.
- Vietnam vet sues VA trying to get benefits living in Cuba Updated: Feb-09-16 12:13 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.