- Domestic violence laws remain high priority for legislators Updated: Feb-06-16 10:40 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Domestic violence has remained a high-priority legal topic in the decade since the passage of sweeping North Carolina laws to protect victims.
- New domestic violence gun law in SC hard to track in court Updated: Feb-06-16 10:36 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina lawmakers passed a law last year banning some people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.
- Ohio bill would allow guns to be removed by protective order Updated: Feb-06-16 10:30 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - FBI data analyzed by The Associated Press shows 185 people shot to death in Ohio in domestic violence cases in the past decade. An Ohio lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers once a protective order has been issued. The goal is joining more than a dozen states that have similar laws. A look at the issue in Ohio from both sides.
- Data: Indiana had 143 fatal domestic shootings from 2006-14 Updated: Feb-06-16 10:14 am
INDIANAPOLIS - FBI records show that Indiana reported more than 140 domestic violence-related fatal shootings from 2006 through 2014, although the number is likely higher because some of the state's law enforcement agencies didn't report such data.
- Analysis: Power struggle heart of debate over Kansas courts Updated: Feb-06-16 10:11 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A legislative dispute over how Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected is a political struggle over whether Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his supporters can make their conservative fiscal and social policies stick well into the future.
- Some advocates leery of Michigan's domestic abuse gun laws Updated: Feb-06-16 10:10 am
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan lags behind some other states when it comes to laws meant to keep guns from domestic abusers, some advocates for stricter gun control say.
- Domestic violence, gun-control groups divided over gun bill Updated: Feb-06-16 10:01 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Advocates for domestic violence victims in Virginia are praising a rare compromise in Richmond that could shepherd into law a measure that would strip abusers of their gun rights.
- Some Kentucky judges limit domestic offenders access to guns Updated: Feb-06-16 10:01 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky lawmakers have resisted trends to restrict domestic violence offenders' access to guns.
- Tennessee passed 2009 law taking guns out of abusers' hands Updated: Feb-06-16 10:01 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The same year Tennessee's pro-gun Legislature made it legal for some to be armed in bars, lawmakers also took a quieter step toward keeping guns away from domestic abusers.
- Bill would require courts to tell abusers to give up guns Updated: Feb-06-16 10:01 am
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - A measure to come before Maryland lawmakers would require courts to inform people convicted of domestic violence that they must give up their firearms.
- Haiti leader departs as he came: amid uncertainty, disorder Updated: Feb-06-16 9:45 am
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Michel Martelly came to office promising a stronger Haiti following a messy election that provoked widespread skepticism. He is due to leave power Sunday at the close of his five-year term with few accomplishments and a legacy clouded by a new political crisis.
- Vermont restricting domestic abusers' access to guns Updated: Feb-06-16 9:38 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The need to protect potential victims in domestic violence cases helped lead the Vermont Legislature, which traditionally has been reluctant to restrict gun ownership, to take first steps toward making it harder for people with violent histories to get firearms.
- New Jersey still debating its already tough gun laws Updated: Feb-06-16 9:25 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and a stringent firearms ban on domestic abuse suspects that's been in place since the 1990s, but a contentious debate recently erupted over whether the law could be stronger.
- Maine strengthened gun restrictions against domestic abusers Updated: Feb-06-16 9:12 am
PORTLAND, Maine - Lawmakers of opposing political stripes put aside their differences in Maine to strengthen restrictions on gun ownership for people convicted of domestic violence crimes.
- Wolf to float new budget plan amid fight over current one Updated: Feb-06-16 9:08 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf is scheduled to release his 2016-17 budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. After an unresolved fight with the Republican-controlled Legislature, the Democrat is the first governor in modern Pennsylvania history to come to this point with substantial portions of the budget for the current fiscal year still in limbo. Wolf has made some revelations about what he will propose Tuesday, and here is a look at what is unfinished and what may be a part of his budget package.
- Bill linking restraining orders to gun ban is resurrected Updated: Feb-06-16 9:03 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is reviving legislation that would bar people under a temporary restraining order from possessing firearms.
- Recent state laws on domestic abuse, gun rights Updated: Feb-06-16 8:13 am
Specifics of the state laws passed during the last two years that are intended to make it harder for people convicted or suspected of domestic violence to access firearms:
- States taking action to keep guns out of abusers' hands Updated: Feb-06-16 8:12 am
IOWA CITY, Iowa - More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns.
- GOP-led Congress unlikely to OK Obama's new clean energy bid Updated: Feb-06-16 7:52 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020. But the request is unlikely to be fulfilled.
- House committee set to take up retirement system changes Updated: Feb-06-16 2:25 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - A legislative committee is set to take up a measure to create a new retirement plan for future public employees that includes a two-year increase in the normal retirement age to 67 for many new workers.
- Washington Senate votes to oust transportation secretary Updated: Feb-06-16 1:20 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Senate on Friday rejected the gubernatorial appointment of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, ousting her from the job she has held since shortly after Gov. Jay Inslee took office in 2013.
- Missouri lawmaker ends restraining order after alleged fight Updated: Feb-06-16 12:03 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri lawmaker has dropped a restraining order he had obtained against a colleague with whom he says he got into a fistfight.
- Hawaii lawmakers take step to legalize industrial hemp Updated: Feb-05-16 10:31 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii residents say legalizing industrial hemp could spur business ventures ranging from home construction to selling hemp seed candy bars at Hawaii airports.
- The Latest: Clinton makes pitch to young NH voters Updated: Feb-05-16 10:20 pm
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail with days to go until the New Hampshire primary (all times local):
- Judges strike down 2 North Carolina congressional districts Updated: Feb-05-16 9:51 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.