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  • Gov handles range of questions in online town hall 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:43 am
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Sean Parnell said repealing the state's oil tax system would "kill" oil production.

  • Brewer signs 1 of 4 pro-gun bills passed Wednesday 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:40 pm
  • PHOENIX - Republican Gov. Jan Brewer wasted no time signing into law one of a series of gun bills approved by the Arizona Senate on Wednesday, one that bars local government agencies from restricting shooting on private property.

  • Judge upholds New York's tougher gun law 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:48 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York's new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.

  • Colorado Democrats abandon divisive abortion bill 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:45 pm
  • DENVER - Colorado Democrats abandoned their own divisive abortion proposal Wednesday, axing the bill after one lawmaker expressed indecision and it became clear they might not have the votes to pass it in a chamber where every vote matters.

  • Candidate backs Massachusetts 'single payer' plan 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:45 pm
  • BOSTON - Democratic candidate for governor Don Berwick on Wednesday called for a "single health care payment system" for Massachusetts.

  • State Senate leader seeks review of GPS tracking 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:34 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

  • NC governor proposes new coal ash plan after spill 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:14 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

  • Federal money could have paid settlements 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:12 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - An official of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services said Wednesday that some federal money may have been used to pay former state employees to keep quiet about settlement agreements, which one lawmaker suggested could potentially be a serious problem for the state.

  • Lawmakers outline concerns for gas negotiations 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:09 pm
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - House Resources Committee members have signed onto a letter, outlining issues they want Gov. Sean Parnell's administration to keep in mind in negotiating gas project contracts.

  • Recordings surface in New Mexico governor race 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:06 pm
  • SANTA FE, New Mexico - Democrats called Wednesday for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

  • Oklahoma's US Senate candidates speak on panel 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:57 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon criticized two of his top Republican opponents on Wednesday in the race for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat, and he vowed if elected in November not to support current U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

  • Bryant signs bills to limit union activities 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:52 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence.

  • Bosworth's campaign says she raised $772K in 1Q 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:43 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth says she raised slightly more than $772,000 during the first three months of 2014.

  • McCrory says raises for all linked to revenues 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:38 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - Gov. Pat McCrory is still hopeful North Carolina government finances will work out so all public school teachers and state employees can get raises for the coming year and not just the early-career teachers.

  • Schauer releases plan to raise education funding 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:27 pm
  • LANSING, Michigan - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said Wednesday he would make education his top budget priority, but didn't specify how much he'd spend on schools or universities.

  • State help for Northern Beef was about $4.3M 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:21 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state agencies shows the actual number is closer to $4.3 million.

  • Despite ruling, Iowa to bar all felons from voting 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:11 pm
  • IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa elections officials will continue to bar convicted felons from voting despite a landmark state Supreme Court ruling that suggests not all of them lost their voting rights, a spokesman said Wednesday.

  • House panel hears bill to legalize marijuana 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:05 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A House panel is considering several marijuana bills, including one to legalize the drug and regulate and tax it like alcohol.

  • Okla. governor vetoes Open Records bill, signs 21 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:00 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation that would create a new exception to the Oklahoma's Open Records Act for the state's colleges and universities.

  • Missouri lawmakers pass tax cut; veto possible 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:00 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Setting up a likely veto showdown, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to an income tax cut for millions of individuals and thousands of business owners that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon warned could imperil funding for public schools and services.

  • Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:56 pm
  • DETROIT - Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts.

  • Okla. Senate OKs 3rd grade reading law changes 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:53 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill easing some of the requirements of a law that requires third graders who aren't reading at grade level be held back.

  • Governor calls special session on rainy-day fund 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:45 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

  • No-parole sentence reinstated for Minnesota man 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:44 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release for a man who was two months shy of his 18th birthday when prosecutors say he raped and killed a teenage girl, stabbing her 29 times with a screwdriver.

  • 2 House Dems pressing inquiry into Tenn. VW vote 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:28 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Two House Democrats said Wednesday they are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that rejected a bid to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.