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  • Same issues, new faces for 2015 Nebraska session 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 5:02 am
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers will face many of the same issues in 2015 that they failed to pass this year, but more than one-third of the senators will be new.

  • Lawmakers aim to complete work on time 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:52 am
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - Several major pieces of legislation remained in play as lawmakers aimed to finish their work on time.

  • Senate passes new approach to pension obligation 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 7:56 pm
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation setting out a new approach for addressing the state's pension obligation Saturday, less than three hours after the plan emerged from the Senate Finance Committee.

  • Nebraska Democrats want GOP candidate to pull ad 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:56 pm
  • OMAHA, Nebraska - Nebraska Democrats are calling for a Republican candidate for governor to pull a televised campaign ad showing him knocking a Barack Obama doll off a fence post while criticizing the president's health care law.

  • Hill criticized in GOP debate over donation 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:24 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Republican congressional hopeful French Hill fended off criticism during a debate Saturday as his two rivals highlighted the Little Rock banking executive's donation to a former Democratic state treasurer's campaign and his support of a local sales tax measure.

  • Ga. GOP Senate hopefuls try to separate themselves 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:12 pm
  • GROVETOWN, Georgia - Georgia's top Republican Senate hopefuls are scrambling to prove who'd be the most conservative opponent to take on Democratic favorite Michelle Nunn in a race that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

  • Ark. higher education agency taps lottery reserves 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:08 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education says the agency has been forced to temporarily tap some of its $20 million lottery reserve fund to cover its Academic Challenge scholarship obligations.

  • After long wait, ranchers find relief from USDA 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:40 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Gary Cammack wondered if his state's ranching community could recover.

  • NE Indiana county worried about new law's impact 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:10 pm
  • FORT WAYNE, Indiana - A new law revamping the state's criminal code has sparked concerns in northeastern Indiana's Allen County that it will saddle the county with new costs and fill up the local jail.

  • Schools fear lawsuits by stocking medication 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 3:58 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A new law taking effect this summer requiring New Mexico schools stockpile medicine to treat students for severe allergic reactions or asthma attacks has officials concerned, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1hXHX7X ).

  • GOP gubernatorial candidates clash in debate 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 3:19 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson called rival Curtis Coleman's vow to resist some deployments of the Arkansas National Guard "inflammatory rhetoric" as the two squared off in a debate on Saturday.

  • Oklahoma dental groups oppose oral surgery measure 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 3:13 pm
  • TULSA, Oklahoma - Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature, proposed as a reaction to the case of an oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions, that deals with training requirements for oral surgery dental assistants.

  • Okla. budget talks center on cuts, revenue streams 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:35 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor's office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund education, public safety and child welfare.

  • Ky. academic standards to get review 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:16 pm
  • LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Kentucky residents will get a chance to review state academic standards and suggest changes later this year.

  • Proposed initiative seeks to ban all marijuana 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:04 pm
  • HELENA, Montana - A Billings car-dealership owner has proposed a ballot measure that would completely ban the use and possession of marijuana in Montana, even for medical uses.

  • Rules leave pot test labs with little oversight 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:34 pm
  • SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Legislature's vote last year to regulate medical marijuana shops created new business opportunities for another kind of pot enterprise - marijuana testing - but leaves it virtually unregulated.

  • Animal activists aim to replace carriage horses 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:52 pm
  • FORT WAYNE, Indiana - Kolette Winstead Frazier spent Friday afternoon at her Huntertown farm loading up horses for a weekend wedding in Michigan.

  • Taxes, minimum wage top issues in November 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:43 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The biggest political fallout from the just-ended legislative session won't be about what lawmakers did, but what they did not do.

  • SC towns and counties spur state to ban texting 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:13 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - After years of facing fierce opposition, the idea of South Carolina passing a statewide texting-while-driving ban is becoming a real possibility. Earlier this month the state Senate and House passed separate bills aimed at putting to an end to the confusing hodgepodge of local bans. However many believe it will fall short of its intention to deter distracted driving.

  • Some W.Va. state Dems flip to GOP for midterms 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:01 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - As Republicans rally for more control in West Virginia's long-time Democratic Legislature, a few Democrats have jumped ship to the GOP and are challenging former colleagues in midterm races.

  • Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:55 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Republicans are considering a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights - barring them from future careers in state law enforcement agencies.

  • Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:37 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers are moving to put more of the state's money where their mouths are in supporting preschool and early childhood programs.

  • It's mayor, grad student vs. machine in NJ race 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:29 am
  • LOGAN TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - Two of the Democrats running for Congress in New Jersey's 1st District say they're in the race largely because they feared no one else would take on the third, a state senator and brother of a non-elected powerbroker.

  • La. legislative session reaches its midway point 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:19 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Efforts to raise Louisiana's minimum wage and let school teachers carry guns to work appear jettisoned for the legislative session. Tougher restrictions on the payday lending industry and efforts to lessen marijuana penalties are on life support. And none of the major budget decisions have been settled.

  • Majority of legislators accept automatic raise 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:14 am
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A majority of Alabama legislators accepted an automatic pay raise this spring, the last one they will receive under a controversial 2007 pay raise resolution.