- Law preventing property seizures cutting into police budgets Updated: Jul-05-15 4:43 pm
FARMINGTON, New Mexico - New Mexico law enforcement agencies say a new state law that prevents authorities from seizing assets from people unless they are convicted of a crime will devastate their budgets.
- Idaho's gay marriage ban remains in state constitution Updated: Jul-05-15 4:20 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
- Texas officials laud Alamo's world heritage site designation Updated: Jul-05-15 2:28 pm
SAN ANTONIO - Texas officials applauded a United Nations committee's decision Sunday to add the Alamo and four other Spanish Roman Catholic missions to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, knowing it may bring more tourists.
- Colorado Supreme Court to review bridge fee Updated: Jul-05-15 2:10 pm
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review a 2009 vehicle fee approved by state lawmakers in a case that could determine the fate of millions of dollars in transportation funding.
- State must fix hundreds of fish-blocking culverts Updated: Jul-05-15 2:08 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with Washington tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish.
- Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills Updated: Jul-05-15 1:41 pm
BOSTON - State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts.
- The Latest: 3 opinion polls: Greek 'no' vote will win Updated: Jul-05-15 12:13 pm
ATHENS, Greece - The latest from the bailout referendum in Greece (all times local):
- St. Louis officials turn to feds for help on gun crimes Updated: Jul-05-15 11:23 am
ST. LOUIS - Homicides are in the rise in St. Louis, and city officials are increasingly turning to the federal government for help.
- Closer Look: Despite budget deadlock, there are ways out Updated: Jul-05-15 11:01 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - What Illinois needs is for one of its political leaders to blink.
- Drone supporters say ban around Georgia Capitol goes too far Updated: Jul-05-15 10:47 am
ATLANTA - Drone enthusiasts are calling a ban on the unmanned vehicles within five miles of Georgia's Capitol an overreach of authority by state officials, while agency officials argue the change is necessary and follows federal guidelines.
- NC's spigot for Golden LEAF could turn back on again Updated: Jul-05-15 10:46 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Republicans at the General Assembly who once soured upon a foundation that used to get half of North Carolina's national tobacco settlement money may be coming around to embrace it, or at least accept it.
- High School Athletic Association plans for homeschoolers Updated: Jul-05-15 10:40 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - After years of playing defense, the Alabama High School Athletic Association is beginning to change its game plan on allowing home-schooled students to participate in public school sports.
- NY lawmakers vote for 10-year smoke detectors Updated: Jul-05-15 8:04 am
ALBANY, New York - New York lawmakers have passed a bill that would require new smoke detectors contain 10-year non-removable batteries.
- Challengers face Republican incumbents in DeSoto County Updated: Jul-04-15 7:15 pm
SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi - A battle to shape the Republican membership of Mississippi's House of Representatives is playing out door to door in DeSoto County.
- Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP retreat on open records limits Updated: Jul-04-15 5:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws.
- East St. Louis paid big legal fees to state senator's firm Updated: Jul-04-15 4:26 pm
EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois - A published report says cash-strapped East St. Louis paid state Sen. James Clayborne's law firm more than $775,000 in its first year as the city's corporate counsel.
- New Alabama law penalizes drag race watchers Updated: Jul-04-15 3:59 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - A new law in Alabama will penalize those who watch illegal drag races in addition to punishing the drivers.
- Ten Commandments decision prompts conservative outcry Updated: Jul-04-15 2:25 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to order a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds has so angered conservatives in the Legislature that some Republicans are calling for justices to be impeached, while others want to amend the Bill of Rights in the 108-year-old state constitution.
- Marshall neuroscience chief jumped at chance to hire surgeon Updated: Jul-04-15 2:05 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Marshall University has recruited a noted surgeon who ran into trouble experimenting with human brains using bowel bacteria but will continue the same research on rats under tight restrictions.
- A look at the past week in the Oregon Legislature Updated: Jul-04-15 2:04 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers had a busy week, advancing dozens of bills and finalizing the budget as they prepare to adjourn the 2015 session in the coming days. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the past week:
- Expectation of veto aided GOP's legislative wins, some say Updated: Jul-04-15 1:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania's state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit in the state's public employee retirement systems and privatizing its government-controlled wine and liquor store system.
- Study: Ga. teachers, state workers pay more for health care Updated: Jul-04-15 1:13 pm
ATLANTA - Teachers and state employees in Georgia are paying more for their health care than other public sector employees, according to a new study by the state Department of Community Health.
- Proposed law: First responders have to live where they serve Updated: Jul-04-15 12:16 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - New Jersey police officers and firefighters could be required to live in the towns they serve for the first five years of their employment if Gov. Chris Christie signs legislation moving toward his desk.
- NC legislators want Medicaid reform before expansion Updated: Jul-04-15 12:04 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Despite a key win in the Supreme Court and pressure from liberal activists, North Carolina's legislative leaders said this past week that they have no plans to expand the state's Medicaid rolls through President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.
- Report: Serbs ask Russia to veto UN resolution on Srebrenica Updated: Jul-04-15 11:58 am
BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia on Saturday asked Russia to veto a British U.N. Security Council resolution that would call the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys during the Bosnian war in Srebrenica genocide.