- Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension Updated: May-23-15 2:01 am
WASHINGTON - The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act.
- Nevada Legislature rushes to vote out bills on deadline day Updated: May-23-15 1:56 am
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers rushed to vote dozens of bills out of the Senate and Assembly as they faced down a major deadline.
- Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension Updated: May-23-15 1:52 am
WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.
- Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Updated: May-23-15 1:46 am
WASHINGTON - In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.
- Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found Updated: May-23-15 12:23 am
LOS ANGELES - A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast.
- Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC Updated: May-22-15 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi.
- Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill Updated: May-22-15 9:25 pm
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority.
- California farmers strike a deal to cut water use Updated: May-22-15 8:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.
- Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes in Denton Updated: May-22-15 8:28 pm
DENTON, Texas - A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city.
- VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital Updated: May-22-15 8:07 pm
DENVER - Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.
- Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget Updated: May-22-15 7:53 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Majority Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly gave no hint on Friday that they are ready to budge from opposition to Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business reforms after the Republican softened some of his "Turnaround Illinois" demands.
- Legislature approves $7.1 billion state budget, ends early Updated: May-22-15 7:36 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up work on a $7.1 billion budget and approved a bond issue for a pop culture museum in Tulsa on Friday before ending the 2015 legislative session one week early.
- Senate amendment would change who polices public risk pools Updated: May-22-15 6:56 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The Secretary of State's office could lose its ability to oversee a public risk pool it's had issues with for years, if a last-minute amendment to the Senate budget remains in place.
- Some of the major bills approved by Oklahoma Legislature Updated: May-22-15 6:44 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up the 2015 legislative session on Friday, one week before its constitutionally mandated deadline, by passing dozens of last-minute measures. Among them are several related to the $7.1 billion state budget.
- Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care Updated: May-22-15 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON - Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.
- Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub Updated: May-22-15 6:03 pm
PITTSBURGH - Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit.
- Dayton takes preschool pitch to Minnesota's tiniest students Updated: May-22-15 5:56 pm
APPLE VALLEY, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton took his pitch for statewide preschool directly to Minnesota's smallest students on Friday as he gears up to convince legislators to fund one of his top priorities.
- Things to know about the next Texas budget Updated: May-22-15 5:34 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The first state budget under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott spends lavishly on border security, defunds one of Rick Perry's signature initiatives and includes the biggest tax cuts in a decade.
- Steep drop in oil, gas valuations upending county budgets Updated: May-22-15 5:32 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - People and businesses in Kansas' energy-producing counties may be paying more in property taxes or face cuts in local government services in the wake of the cheaper gasoline prices.
- Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks Updated: May-22-15 5:31 pm
The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.
- Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study Updated: May-22-15 5:09 pm
DENVER - Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change.
- Conservative group yanks TV ads targeting Utah congressmen Updated: May-22-15 4:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A conservative group has yanked television ads set to air Friday targeting U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart after the two Utah congressmen announced they share the group's view that a federal export bank should be shut down.
- Cannady next tax assessor in Madison County Updated: May-22-15 4:50 pm
CANTON, Mississippi - Norman Cannady will be the next tax assessor in Madison County following an opponent's withdrawal from the August primary.
- Iowa lawmakers say they've made progress on budget spending Updated: May-22-15 4:50 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Progress has been made in determining Iowa's overall budget spending for the next fiscal year, lawmakers said Friday, including talks on K-12 education.
- House speaker asks court to sort out tax dispute with Senate Updated: May-22-15 4:38 pm
BOSTON - Amid legislative work on a budget, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking the state's highest court to weigh in on a Senate-approved measure to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families.