- Top Republican doubts Senate will confirm ambassador to Cuba Updated: Jul-02-15 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe.
- Collection of recent editorials from Oklahoma newspapers Updated: Jun-30-15 11:20 am
A collection of recent editorials from Oklahoma newspapers:
- Bills seek to increase pensions for some retired troopers Updated: Jun-28-15 1:06 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Legislature is considering a proposal to raise the pensions of 96 former state troopers who retired three or more decades ago to ensure they get at least $16,000 a year.
- GOP lawmakers press budget plan that risks governor's veto Updated: Jun-26-15 8:29 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Top Republican lawmakers said Friday they plan within days to finalize a $30.1 billion budget package that would not raise taxes, although it faces an almost-certain veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and a protracted partisan stalemate and shutdown of Pennsylvania state government.
- The Latest: GOP advances $30B budget bill that risks veto Updated: Jun-26-15 8:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The latest news from an effort by Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to advance a budget bill (all times local):
- Oklahoma Regents approve tuition hikes for state colleges Updated: Jun-25-15 5:43 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted unanimously Thursday to raise tuition and mandatory fees by about 5 percent at the 25 public colleges and universities across the state.
- House panel OKs cuts to education, boosts medical research Updated: Jun-24-15 5:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling the powerful House Appropriations panel Wednesday adopted a sweeping spending bill that seeks to protect popular programs like health research, drug treatment and AIDS prevention but slashes education grants and funding for family planning centers and community service programs.
- OU Board of Regents to consider university tuition hikes Updated: Jun-22-15 4:30 pm
NORMAN, Oklahoma - The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will consider raising tuition and fees by an average of about 5 percent during its meeting this week.
- Senate committee approves grouse amendment Updated: Jun-19-15 5:20 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A U.S. Senate committee has approved an amendment that prohibits a federal agency from enforcing protections for a rare grouse.
- Senate passes $612 billion defense policy bill Updated: Jun-18-15 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON - Over White House objections, the Senate on Thursday passed a $612 billion defense policy bill that calls for arming Ukraine forces, prevents another round of base closures and makes it harder for President Barack Obama to close the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- GOP-run Senate panel takes on Obama environmental rules Updated: Jun-18-15 1:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling a powerful Senate committee moved Thursday to block Obama administration initiatives to curb global warming, issue new clean water rules and regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land.
- Agency: Staff cuts take toll on IRS tax enforcement efforts Updated: Jun-17-15 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON - Budget cuts to the IRS are hampering the agency's efforts to uncover tax cheats, an agency watchdog said Wednesday, and more trims are on the way under legislation approved by a GOP-controlled House panel.
- Senate passes amendment to ban torture as US policy Updated: Jun-16-15 5:16 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban against torturing detainees and moved ahead on a more than $600 billion defense policy bill that is entangled in a broader fight in Congress about caps on Pentagon and non-military spending.
- ND Legislature returns for 1 day to pass budget measure Updated: Jun-16-15 3:43 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The North Dakota Legislature finally passed a budget Tuesday after lawmakers called themselves back from adjournment for an unprecedented one-day session.
- Indiana State University OKs almost 2 percent tuition hike Updated: Jun-12-15 4:20 pm
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana - Trustees have approved a nearly 2 percent tuition and mandatory fees increase for the next two years at Indiana State University.
- Bill would recognize 9-mile offshore limit for 3 Gulf states Updated: Jun-12-15 4:35 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Since July 2013, Mississippi has claimed its state waters extend nine miles south into the Gulf of Mexico, but the federal government refuses to recognize the declaration. Mississippi's senior U.S. senator is trying to change the government's mind.
- Senate committee approves funding for another BIW warship Updated: Jun-11-15 6:56 pm
- House panel OKs bill punishing State over Benghazi response Updated: Jun-11-15 3:22 pm
WASHINGTON - Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
- Senate GOP denies funds for lawyers for immigrant children Updated: Jun-10-15 3:52 pm
WASHINGTON - A GOP-controlled Senate panel on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama's request for $50 million to pay for legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States after fleeing violence in Central America.
- House wants to continue ban on sale of legal pot in DC Updated: Jun-10-15 3:44 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans want to continue blocking the District of Columbia from allowing legal marijuana sales.
- Panel passes measure cutting EPA's budget Updated: Jun-10-15 12:55 pm
WASHINGTON - A House panel passed a spending measure on Wednesday that cuts the budget at the Environmental Protection Agency by 9 percent and blocks the Obama administration from advancing new rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Feds say Southwest, Northwest could see catastrophic fires Updated: Jun-09-15 7:46 pm
DENVER - Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration warned Tuesday of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.
- Showdown begins in Senate over defense spending Updated: Jun-09-15 6:16 pm
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel approved a $575.9 billion defense spending bill on Tuesday, but its fate is uncertain as lawmakers argue over spending caps.
- Court dismisses union's lawsuit over Kansas law on tenure Updated: Jun-09-15 12:42 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A lawsuit filed by the state's largest teachers' union over a Kansas law that ended guaranteed tenure for public school teachers has been dismissed by the Shawnee County District Court.
- ND lawmakers reach deal that lets benefits bill move forward Updated: Jun-08-15 5:28 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A panel of legislative leaders resolved a dispute Monday that was holding up a more than $14 million appropriations bill for the state's public employee retirement system, agreeing to add one lawmaker from each party to board that oversees the benefits.