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  • new storyVirginia's combined sales tax holiday to begin Friday 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 2:04 am

    NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - Virginians will get a three-day break on sales taxes on a variety of items, beginning Friday.

  • Rauner signs bill requiring airport breast-feeding rooms 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 1:00 am

    CHICAGO - Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  • Explosions shock congregants at 2 New Mexico churches story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 12:16 am

    LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at two churches in southern New Mexico.

  • GOP doesn't rush to defend indicted Texas attorney general story has photos
    Updated: Aug-02-15 8:26 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - New Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton prepared Sunday to become the latest powerful state official booked on felony charges, but unlike when Rick Perry smiled for his mug shot last year, Republicans are not rushing to Paxton's defense.

  • Koch warns conservatives must demand smaller government story has photos
    Updated: Aug-02-15 6:58 pm

    DANA POINT, California - Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat this weekend don't rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government.

  • Democratic governors share lessons learned from shootings 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 4:44 pm

    ASPEN, Colorado - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon shared their thoughts Saturday at a conference in Aspen on shooting tragedies that have dominated their time in office, including the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the James Holmes' theater shootings in Aurora.

  • In drought, Pacific Northwest cities, farms face water cuts 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 4:38 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - A deepening drought in the Pacific Northwest is forcing some cities, farms and state agencies to cut back on water use.

  • Judge to decide if ex-California lawmaker's trial proceeds 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 4:37 pm

    LOS ANGELES - California Sen. Ron Calderon strolled into the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas two years ago primed for another weekend of fun. In a 10th floor room, overlooking the hotel's iconic dancing fountains, his plans folded.

  • Efforts to repeal new tax could formally launch this week 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 4:25 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Republicans angry that Nevada lawmakers approved a $1.1 billion tax package this spring, just months after voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax hike on the ballot, are launching efforts to repeal it and kick some of its backers out of office.

  • Some Americans refuse to give up on Confederate flag story has photos
    Updated: Aug-02-15 2:50 pm

    HANOVER, Pennsylvania - Many Americans assumed the Confederate flag was retired for good after governors in South Carolina and Alabama removed it from their statehouses this summer and presidential candidates from both parties declared it too divisive for official display.

  • Rauner signs bill requiring airport breast-feeding rooms 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 2:43 pm

    CHICAGO - Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  • Lucky breaks with federal funds, pensions help Kansas budget 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 1:53 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's latest efforts to prevent a state budget deficit were assisted by a well-timed decision on health care funding from federal officials and better-than-expected news about teacher pensions.

  • Vacant West Texas lockup chosen to house sex offenders 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 1:34 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - A long-vacant lockup in a remote part of West Texas has been chosen to house the state's most violent sex offenders, but defense attorneys have said the site limits their access to counsel and family members.

  • 2 Republicans, 2 Dems in primaries for Mississippi lt. gov 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 1:23 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A teacher who wants to dismantle the Common Core academic standards is trying to defeat Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Republican primary.

  • Massachusetts governor, Boston mayor team up in charity ride 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 1:23 pm

    BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined hundreds of other riders on the annual Pan-Mass Challenge bicycle ride to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

  • Lawmakers review penalties to NC's first revenge pornography law 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 12:53 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Lawmakers agree that North Carolina's first "revenge porn" law is a step toward ending the hurt and embarrassment that can come from having one's naked and confidential images posted online.

  • Billionaire buys Woodlands racing complex, but future fuzzy 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 12:53 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas - A billionaire Las Vegas casino owner has purchased The Woodlands racing complex in eastern Kansas, but with a number of unanswered legislative questions and an estimated $50 million in renovations needed, the facility's future is far from certain.

  • GOP looks to sexual harassment settlement for advantage 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 12:44 pm

    FANCY FARM, Kentucky - A $400,000 payment to settle the sexual harassment claims of three current or former state workers played an outsized role in Kentucky's premier political event on Saturday, evidence Republicans believe they can use it to their advantage as they seek to capture the governor's mansion and the state House of Representatives.

  • Questions, jockeying abound amid Tenn. Supreme Court vacancy 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:59 am

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - When Gary Wade was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2006, the self-described "mountain boy from the Smokies" planned to serve the eight-year term and retire from his distinguished judicial career.

  • Wolf plans to 'soon' unveil new choice to head state police 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:18 am

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf is preparing to name his pick to lead the Pennsylvania State Police, a decision sure to be closely scrutinized after his initial choice became the first such nominee to be voted down in recent memory.

  • Lawmakers strive for agreement on budget shortfall 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:06 am

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama legislators return to Montgomery on Monday looking for something that eluded them for the last several months: Agreement.

  • SC Ports again seek federal permit for cruise terminal 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:01 am

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Almost two years after a federal judge chastised regulators for skimping on a review of a cruise terminal, the South Carolina Ports Authority is again seeking a permit for the contentious $35 million project.

  • Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 10:47 am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.

  • After rough budget, is Iowa Capitol getting more combative? 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 10:20 am

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa elected officials pride themselves on working in a politically divided government that still gets things done. But after a combative budget process, capped with several vetoes by Gov. Terry Branstad, some are questioning how well the system is working these days.

  • Virginia Gov. McAuliffe to speak at Muskie Lobster Bake 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 9:43 am

    FREEPORT, Maine - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will soon visit Maine for the Democratic Party's annual summer fundraiser.