- Arizona House rejects stiffer illegal immigration penalties Updated: May-04-16 6:45 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona House rejected a bill Wednesday that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally, after a fervent effort from Republican supporters who wanted the bill to pass.
- Senate rejects bill to let guns in public buildings Updated: May-04-16 6:38 pm
PHOENIX - The Senate has rejected a bill that would allow concealed-carry permits holders to carry firearms into some public buildings.
- The Latest: NC universities taking Justice letter seriously Updated: May-04-16 6:38 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's letter stating that Wednesday a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws (all times local):
- Flint official takes deal, pledges to cooperate in probe Updated: May-04-16 6:34 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A Flint municipal official struck a deal with prosecutors Wednesday, pledging cooperation in exchange for reduced charges as authorities continue investigating lead contamination of the impoverished Michigan city's drinking water supply.
- Missouri Legislature passes photo ID requirement for voters Updated: May-04-16 6:34 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Legislature has passed a requirement for voters to show photo identification.
- The Latest: Senators vote to enact vetoed K-12 funding bill Updated: May-04-16 6:27 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Latest on a Missouri proposal to rein in the amount of money lawmakers aim to provide to K-12 schools (all times local):
- Beshear examining validity of Bevin vetoes, other cuts Updated: May-04-16 6:23 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear says he is looking into the validity of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's budget vetoes and his mid-year spending cuts at several state agencies.
- Gov. Bentley signs medical marijuana oil bill into law Updated: May-04-16 6:20 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday signed legislation into law to allow medical marijuana oil in the state.
- Oklahoma governor signs autism insurance measure, 6 others Updated: May-04-16 6:13 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed seven pieces of legislation into law, including a bill that requires health insurers to cover the treatment of children with autism.
- Obama tells Flint residents: 'I've got your back' Updated: May-04-16 6:11 pm
FLINT, Michigan - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.
- US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights Updated: May-04-16 6:09 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
- Sidelined: LGBT laws, NCAA policy could keep teams at home Updated: May-04-16 6:05 pm
Teams could pull out of scheduled NCAA events this spring because of new state laws in North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee while the sport's governing body's demands for discrimination-free environments at the places where its events are held won't take effect until the fall.
- Alabama city's leaders vote to recall bathroom ordinance Updated: May-04-16 5:59 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Leaders of an east Alabama city Wednesday repealed an ordinance that would have imposed criminal penalties on people for using a restroom that doesn't match their gender at birth.
- Senate votes to give some juvenile lifers a chance at parole Updated: May-04-16 5:56 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's state senators have reluctantly agreed to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a shot at parole after serving 35 years of their life sentence.
- Bentley prison plan to be decided on session's final day Updated: May-04-16 5:54 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's $800 million prison construction proposal - the centerpiece of his 2016 agenda - will be decided in the final hours of the legislative session.
- As Atlantic City goes broke, pols bicker over aid plans Updated: May-04-16 5:54 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - As Atlantic City edges closer to going broke, state lawmakers continue to bicker over how to prevent that from happening.
- Senate passes bill cutting taxes on gold coin sales Updated: May-04-16 5:47 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate has passed a bill that cuts taxes on the sale of gold and silver coins that was vetoed by the current and previous governor.
- The Latest: House Democrats say no vote on budget deal Updated: May-04-16 5:44 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Latest on the plans by Connecticut lawmakers to pass a last-minute budget deal for the new fiscal year (all times local):
- Ohio Senate rejects House changes to labor-related bill Updated: May-04-16 5:43 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - State senators have rejected a proposal that would have prohibited Ohio cities, townships, school districts and public universities from requiring the use of unionized labor on construction projects.
- Prospects diminish for criminal justice overhaul Updated: May-04-16 5:35 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - An Alaska lawmaker's efforts to halt the rapid growth of the state's prison population may not come to fruition.
- Illinois Democrats drop plan to tax wealthy at higher rates Updated: May-04-16 5:20 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois House Democrats abandoned a plan to increase taxes on millionaires if voters approved in November.
- Missouri House votes to override veto on public union dues Updated: May-04-16 5:12 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri House voted Wednesday for legislation that would change how public union members pay dues, the first step to overriding a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon.
- 64 service agencies sue Illinois governor for $100M past due Updated: May-04-16 5:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - More than five dozen social service agencies sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday for $100 million in overdue payments, perhaps an inevitable byproduct of the historic 10-month budget stalemate.
- House approves legislation spreading fees to cellphones Updated: May-04-16 4:58 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina House has approved legislation that spreads the cost of phone services to cellphone customers, lowering fees on landline bills.
- Sex abuse victims, lawmakers push for right to sue molesters Updated: May-04-16 4:58 pm
ALBANY, New York - New Yorkers who were molested as children joined lawmakers and advocates in a two-day rally for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees many more young victims.