- Texas lawmakers advance abortion bills with little debate Updated: May-06-15 6:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Abortion is again seizing the spotlight at the Texas Capitol - but largely only in small doses that haven't drawn the kind of heated debate and high emotion that dominated last session.
- Gov. Nixon OKs easing taxes for Missouri-based companies Updated: May-06-15 6:47 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Service and technology companies based in Missouri will have the option of calculating their taxes in a way that supporters of the measure say avoids double taxation.
- Oklahoma governor signs tobacco-free schools bill into law Updated: May-06-15 6:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's public schools and off-campus school-sponsored events will be tobacco-free zones under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
- Bill advances, requires new parents get infant sleep info Updated: May-06-15 6:46 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A bill that would require Connecticut hospitals to provide parents of newborns with information about safe sleep practices has cleared the state Senate.
- Kansas House postpones vote on fantasy sports legislation Updated: May-06-15 6:46 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House has postponed a vote on a bill that would define fantasy sports as legal.
- Budget committee approves cigarette, business tax increase Updated: May-06-15 6:43 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A budget committee on Wednesday approved more than $100 million in tax increases- including a 25 cent per pack increase in cigarette taxes - that are part of a House GOP plan to address a looming state budget shortfall.
- Jim Wright, former US House speaker, dies at age 92 Updated: May-06-15 6:41 pm
DALLAS - As a member of what he called "the people's house" for more than a generation, Texas Democrat Jim Wright was known for his rich oratorical skills in the U.S. House. He never relied on them more than the day in 1989 when he told those who had elected him speaker that he was prepared to resign after being accused of violating ethics rules dozens of times.
- Former House Speaker Jim Wright dies at age 92 Updated: May-06-15 6:34 pm
DALLAS - Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first House speaker in the nation's history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died at age 92.
- House Health Committee advances bills restricting abortions Updated: May-06-15 6:28 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The House Health Committee on Wednesday advanced a series of restrictions that opponents say would ban most abortions in the state.
- Iowa Senate approves health and human services budget Updated: May-06-15 6:28 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Democratic-led Iowa Senate approved a $1.9 billion spending plan Wednesday for state health and human services departments, which includes an oversight committee to watchdog the governor's plan to privatize Medicaid.
- NC House OKs freezing renewable energy demands on utilities Updated: May-06-15 6:25 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - An effort to freeze the percentage of retail electricity sales North Carolina utilities must create through renewable sources and efficiency efforts has passed the state House.
- Lawmakers advance bill that limits options under FoodShare Updated: May-06-15 6:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers have pushed forward a measure that would restrict products available to food stamp recipients.
- Oklahoma City chamber urging governor to veto gun bill Updated: May-06-15 6:19 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Officials in Oklahoma City are concerned a firearms bill headed to the governor's desk could threaten dozens of events held annually in the city, including horse shows, basketball tournaments and the Women's College World Series.
- Lawmakers consider permitting more fireworks sales Updated: May-06-15 6:19 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A proposal that would legalize more fireworks sales in the state has moved forward in the Iowa Senate.
- The Latest: Major developments on final legislative day Updated: May-06-15 6:16 pm
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- Reporters press for open session on defense bill Updated: May-06-15 6:16 pm
WASHINGTON - A group advocating for the Capitol Hill press corps asked the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday to open the panel's crafting of the annual defense policy bill.
- Proposed legislation would expand concealed weapons in Ohio Updated: May-06-15 6:13 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A series of proposed gun laws would expand concealed weapons in Ohio by potentially allowing them in places like churches or day cares and letting certain gun owners carry concealed weapons without a permit.
- SC Senate makes little progress on 3rd day of budget talks Updated: May-06-15 6:10 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Senators have made little progress on South Carolina's $7 billion spending plan for state taxes.
- SC auditors fault department on abortion clinic reviews Updated: May-06-15 5:58 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control hasn't consistently inspected the state's three licensed abortion clinics as required by law, which could result in serious problems for patients, auditors reported Wednesday.
- House committee releases marijuana decriminalization bill Updated: May-06-15 5:46 pm
DOVER, Delaware - A bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana has cleared a Delaware legislative panel and is headed to the House floor for a vote.
- NC government now expects $400 million surplus this year Updated: May-06-15 5:37 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina state government now expects a $400 million surplus this fiscal year, state Republican leaders announced Wednesday after a budget shortfall evaporated thanks to a surge in personal income tax collections in recent months.
- Report: 1,580 IRS workers evaded taxes over 10-year period Updated: May-06-15 5:31 pm
WASHINGTON - Nearly 1,600 IRS workers were found to have willfully evaded taxes over a 10-year period, including some who were responsible for enforcing the nation's tax laws, a government watchdog said Wednesday.
- Missouri Senate OKs time limit for challenges to ballots Updated: May-06-15 5:26 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Legislature is close to sending Gov. Jay Nixon a measure that would move up the deadline for deciding court challenges to ballot measures.
- Panel vets much-talked-about bill allowing hearsay in court Updated: May-06-15 5:26 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would admit hearsay evidence in the early stages of some sensitive court cases.
- Pence signs bill repealing Indiana construction wage law Updated: May-06-15 5:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Local boards will no longer set minimum wages for public construction projects in Indiana under a law signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.