- Fighting erupts in Turkish parliament over contentious bill Updated: Apr-28-16 12:25 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish lawmakers on Thursday fought and threw punches at each other as they debated a contentious ruling-party proposal to strip themselves of immunity from prosecution - a move that could pave the way for the trial of pro-Kurdish legislators on terrorism-related charges. Five people were hurt in the fighting, a news agency reported.
- Ohio patients push ballot over bill for medical marijuana Updated: Apr-27-16 3:47 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Patients and their families who are backing a medical marijuana ballot issue in Ohio said Wednesday that the proposed constitutional amendment offers a quicker and more effective way for them to get relief than legislation.
- Senate majority leader expects talk about referendum idea Updated: Apr-27-16 12:54 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The majority leader in the North Carolina Senate says the chamber's Republicans will soon discuss the possibility of holding a referendum on a new law addressing bathroom use by transgender people and limits on LGBT anti-discrimination rules.
- Thailand's military government cracks down on opponents Updated: Apr-27-16 10:22 am
BANGKOK - Thailand's military government on Wednesday turned up the pressure on its opponents, filing a legal complaint against critics of a proposed new constitution and detaining 10 people in connection with social media postings.
- Turkish PM: new charter to stay secular; not 'authoritarian' Updated: Apr-27-16 6:48 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reaffirmed that Turkey's new constitution will remain secular, days after the parliament speaker sparked controversy by saying that the Muslim-majority country should have a basic charter based on religion.
- Tennessee AG to appeal recount order on abortion amendment Updated: Apr-26-16 8:10 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The office of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced on Tuesday that it is going to appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring a recount of a 2014 vote that made it easier to restrict abortions in the state.
- Arkansas AG rejects wording of campaign finance measure Updated: Apr-26-16 6:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the state's ban on lobbyist gifts to elected officials.
- Immigrant students seek in-state tuition in Georgia Updated: Apr-26-16 5:18 pm
ATLANTA - A group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and who have been granted temporary permission to stay is asking a judge to order the Georgia university system to allow them to pay in-state tuition.
- Oklahoma 29th state to seek balanced budget amendment Updated: Apr-26-16 5:17 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature gave final approval on Tuesday to a resolution formally asking Congress to call a national convention to consider adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
- Senate passes grant to attract large conventions Updated: Apr-25-16 11:16 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The state Senate has approved a proposal designed to lure large conventions to Missouri.
- Venezuela court blocks bid to cut short president's term Updated: Apr-25-16 10:08 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's supreme court has struck down an attempt by the opposition to cut short President Nicolas Maduros' term in office, ruling that a proposed constitutional amendment to that effect cannot be applied retroactively.
- Abortion rights' advocate looks to amendment recount Updated: Apr-25-16 8:16 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - An amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would place greater restrictions on abortions is likely to be tossed out now that a judge has ordered a recount of the 2014 ballot approving it, the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the results said Monday.
- Arkansas AG approves wording of marijuana proposal Updated: Apr-25-16 6:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a proposal to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, allowing supporters to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.
- Pipeline developers vow to fight New York permit rejection Updated: Apr-25-16 4:44 pm
ALBANY, New York - Developers of a 124-mile pipeline designed to transport natural gas to the Northeast from Pennsylvania's shale fields said Monday they'll challenge New York's rejection of a critical permit.
- Hungary's PM Orban: 'Islamization' banned by constitution Updated: Apr-25-16 10:41 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hungary's constitution bans "Islamization" because the document aims to protect Hungarian language and culture, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Monday.
- NC papers to be on display as lawmakers return to Raleigh Updated: Apr-25-16 4:05 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Famous papers about North Carolina's government will be on display for two days on the first floor of the Legislative Building as lawmakers start their next session.
- Georgia Tech aims to build technology hub in midtown Atlanta Updated: Apr-24-16 12:32 pm
ATLANTA - Midtown Atlanta is increasing transforming into a technology hub, with the latest plans for Technology Square recently announced.
- Legal defeat only emboldens 'food sovereignty' soldiers Updated: Apr-24-16 10:01 am
PENOBSCOT, Maine - Heather and Phil Retberg's Quill's End Farm is idyllic to the point of New England cliche. Dairy cows, milked by hand, share space with goats and ducks near a wooden barn that overlooks a rolling green field and the summit of nearby Blue Hill.
- Without a referendum, Vermont may lag in push to OK pot Updated: Apr-24-16 9:46 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The cartoon joint, bruised and battered to represent a bill to legalize marijuana in Vermont, laments that "they're gutting me in the House." A smoother, happier joint, representing Massachusetts, replies, "Dude, I'm serious! You gotta try a hit of this citizen's initiative stuff!"
- Things to know on a ballot measure to end NV Energy monopoly Updated: Apr-23-16 2:22 pm
LAS VEGAS - A proposed ballot measure called the Energy Choice Initiative aims to deregulate electrical service in Nevada, opening up the market to providers other than NV Energy - the sole provider in most parts of the state. Here's how it came about and what it could mean for consumers.
- EXCHANGE: Battle underway against Rockford's education gap Updated: Apr-23-16 4:10 am
ROCKFORD, Illinois - A pilot program launched in October is showing signs of success as educators look to arm thousands of adults in Boone and Winnebago counties with a high school equivalency certificate and skills that will land them a sustainable job.
- The Latest: Pipeline assessing options after permit denial Updated: Apr-22-16 7:34 pm
ALBANY, New York - The Latest on New York's denial of a permit for the Constitution Pipeline (all times local):
- Kansas Supreme Court rules sex offender registry not cruel Updated: Apr-22-16 4:14 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Forcing sex offenders who've been released to spend the rest of their life on the state sex offender registry does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, a divided Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
- Alabama personhood bill 'dead' on House floor Updated: Apr-22-16 2:14 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama "personhood" bill which would have effectively banned abortion in the state failed to make it to a vote Thursday in the House of Representatives.
- Myanmar or Burma? Take your choice, Suu Kyi tells diplomats Updated: Apr-22-16 11:27 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has made clear to foreign diplomats: It doesn't matter if they call her country Myanmar, or its old name, Burma.