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  • new storyCourt: West Virginia judge wrong about self-representation 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 11:47 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia's highest court says a judge can't require people who want to act as their own attorney to get approval before filing a civil lawsuit.

  • new storyCalifornia governor in Paris to push pact to curb emissions story has photos
    Updated: Nov-29-15 11:05 am

    SACRAMENTO, California - California Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to the U.N. Climate Change conference, which opens Monday, where he will promote the state's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and urge other states and provinces to sign on to his climate pact.

  • Arkansas to add case to growing list in juvenile appeals 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 10:44 am

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to add an Arkansas case to the growing list of appeals asking whether a 2012 ruling that struck down mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder should be applied retroactively.

  • Closer Look: Task force looks to shrink Illinois government story has photos
    Updated: Nov-29-15 10:37 am

    CHICAGO - On the campaign trail and in his first weeks in office, Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to save taxpayers money by eliminating some of Illinois' nearly 7,000 units of government - a piece of his legislative agenda with rare bipartisan support.

  • Rhode Island governor puts being a mom at center stage story has photos
    Updated: Nov-29-15 10:35 am

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island's first female governor took her young son to a bill-signing to name a state insect. Her daughter starred in an eye-catching campaign commercial and danced at her mother's inauguration.

  • Retiring Indiana justice praises state selection process 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 10:34 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana Supreme Court justice who is stepping down says he believes the state's process for picking his replacement contributes to public confidence in the court system. The state's Judicial Nominating Commission is currently accepting applications to fill the vacancy coming with Justice Brent Dickson's retirement.

  • Hearing to continue in Malloy mailings dispute 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 9:45 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Lawyers for state elections officials and the state Democratic Party will be returning to court in a dispute over whether the party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election campaign last year.

  • A look how Wolf's budget proposal fared in the Legislature 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 9:30 am

    Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature say they expect final budget legislation to emerge for votes this week. Here is a look at what Wolf proposed in his first budget plan in March and whether it ended up in his agreement with Republicans:

  • NY Gov. Cuomo vetoes bill to halt killing of invasive swans 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 7:05 am

    ALBANY, New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have blocked a plan to control the population of mute swans.

  • Final hearings set for Nebraska roads-funding options 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 5:00 am

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Two final legislative hearings are scheduled to hear input on ways to pay for Nebraska's roads and bridges.

  • Michigan's straight-ticket voting option may be eliminated 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 4:10 am

    LANSING, Michigan - Michigan voters who with a single mark can vote Democratic or Republican for every partisan office on the ballot may no longer have the option in 2016.

  • Woman convicted of killing her children appeals to US court 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 8:42 pm

    HOUMA, Louisiana - A Mathews woman convicted of killing her two young children is asking a federal judge to overturn that conviction.

  • Olene Walker, Utah's first female governor, dies at 85 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 7:31 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Olene Smith Walker, who prioritized education as the first and only female governor of Utah and later established an institute to help students pursue public service careers, died Saturday at 85 in Salt Lake City.

  • Louisville rallies past Kentucky 38-24 to win Governor's Cup story has photos
    Updated: Nov-28-15 5:45 pm

    LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Louisville players enthusiastically hoisted the Governor's Cup in the steady drizzle, an understandable reaction considering the scenario seemed unlikely early on as rival Kentucky turned their error-prone start into a big lead.

  • League of Women Voters seeks to lower sales tax 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 5:43 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho's sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent and eliminate some exemptions.

  • Connecticut Governor's Residence to open for holiday tours 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 2:36 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut residents will have an opportunity to tour the Governor's Residence in Hartford.

  • Massachusetts lawmakers to hold hearings on dozens of bills 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 2:22 pm

    BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers may have ended their formal sessions for the year, but they're still holding hearings on bills that could come up for a vote in 2016 - the second half of their two-year session.

  • Hogs, residents compete for Kansas county's water supply 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 2:01 pm

    TRIBUNE, Kansas - Only 1,200 people live in Kansas' smallest county, where using irrigation to quench thirsty crops is no longer an option for many because the water source underneath this flat, arid prairie is nearly exhausted due to decades of overuse.

  • Governor's race brings new scrutiny to Executive Council 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 1:09 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's Executive Council - a political body that does much of its work outside of the spotlight - is poised to face new scrutiny as the 2016 election nears.

  • State lawmakers question Medicaid plans 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 12:17 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Two state lawmakers are raising concerns about Gov. Terry Branstad's plans to continue to shift Iowa's Medicaid operation to private management, after a judge recommended that the state throw out one of four contracts awarded to companies to run the program.

  • Northwestern Indiana lawmakers push pro sports team bill 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 12:12 pm

    MERRILLVILLE, Indiana - A group of lawmakers dreaming of bringing a professional sports team to northwestern Indiana is pushing a bill that would create a panel to pursue that goal.

  • News Guide: What to know about December legislative session 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 11:48 am

    LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Legislature returns Tuesday for two or three weeks of voting with a number of issues on tap before it adjourns for the year.

  • Police shooting, disparities spur talk of special session 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 11:28 am

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's lawmakers and community leaders are brainstorming how to aid their state's hurting black community in a possible special session, though some acknowledge the issues may prove too weighty to take on in a one-day legislative blitz.

  • Political corruption museum could become Albany tourism draw story has photos
    Updated: Nov-28-15 11:25 am

    ALBANY, New York - A resident of New York's capital city has an unusual economic development plan to harness what he says is one of Albany's most abundant renewable resources: political corruption.

  • Missouri lawmakers seek answers on funding to help refugees 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 11:18 am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers are set to question officials in Gov. Jay Nixon's administration Monday on how the state spends money to help refugees amid concern about the resettling of Syrians in the United States following the deadly attacks in Paris.