- Spike in water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths Updated: May-30-15 12:54 pm
JAMESPORT, New York - Hundreds of small turtles have washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the last month, a die-off scientists blame on waterborne toxins that have reached unprecedented levels for reasons that aren't entirely clear.
- Sweet Briar College closure faces Supreme Court of Va. test Updated: May-30-15 12:51 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The battle to keep Sweet Briar College open is headed to the Supreme Court of Virginia amid a spirited campaign to reverse the decision to close the women's college.
- The Capitol's hot topic? How long a budget deal will take Updated: May-30-15 12:46 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - It's the talk of the Capitol: How long will it take for Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature to settle on a budget?
- Illinois still refining rape kit rules after infamous cases Updated: May-30-15 12:44 pm
CHICAGO - The problem of mishandled or ignored rape kits persists nearly a decade after some were discovered gathering dust at a suburban Chicago police department, and Illinois lawmakers are still trying to find ways to give victims justice - or at least peace of mind.
- Despite storm-free seasons, Florida insurance still pricey Updated: May-30-15 12:40 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Living in a (semi)-tropical paradise has a price - and apparently, not even going nine years without a major hurricane strike will change that.
- Washington Legislature's to-do list hasn't changed much Updated: May-30-15 12:35 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The to-do list for the Washington state Legislature hasn't changed much since lawmakers first gathered in Olympia in January.
- US Supreme Court rule on earnings tax could hurt Kansas Updated: May-30-15 12:11 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling pertaining to money earned in one state by a person living in another state could be a multimillion-dollar headache for Kansas officials already struggling with budget problems, according to legal experts.
- Alaska House ends stalemate, passes state spending plan Updated: May-30-15 11:59 am
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska House voted early Saturday to pass a state spending plan, after an agreement was reached between the majority and minority in an effort to end a long-running budget impasse.
- Kansas governor schedules event to outline new tax plan Updated: May-30-15 10:52 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has scheduled another news conference to outline a new plan for raising taxes to close a projected budget shortfall.
- SC's actual income tax rates much lower than portrayed Updated: May-30-15 10:34 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley is demanding that legislators cut personal income taxes to make South Carolina more competitive with neighboring states. But South Carolinians already pay less in income taxes than their counterparts in North Carolina and Georgia, as well as most other states that collect the tax.
- Michigan's civil asset forfeiture system under scrutiny Updated: May-30-15 10:25 am
LANSING, Michigan - Gin Hency and Annette Shattuck describe themselves as soccer moms, active in their communities and in their children's lives.
- Maine committee working this weekend to reach budget deal Updated: May-30-15 9:23 am
AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee are planning to work through the weekend to finalize their recommendations on the state budget.
- Up & Down in Texas politics: Gay marriage; immigration bills Updated: May-30-15 9:05 am
AUSTIN, Texas - In the end, there was a meaningless Senate resolution. And then, the months-long Republican-led effort to further shield Texas from gay marriage should the U.S. Supreme Court legalize it was dead.
- Kansas House to consider bill tweaking 'webcam abortion' ban Updated: May-30-15 5:04 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House is expected to debate a bill aimed at allowing the state to enforce a ban on what critics call "webcam" abortions.
- Court ruling on marijuana DUI issue isn't retroactive Updated: May-30-15 4:34 am
PHOENIX - An Arizona court has ruled that a previous decision on driving under the influence of drugs doesn't apply retroactively.
- Illinois lawmakers wind down session as showdown looms Updated: May-30-15 4:05 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Saturday to finish their annual spring session as a summer showdown with GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner looms in the background.
- Nevada man not guilty in killing of unarmed trespasser Updated: May-30-15 3:10 am
RENO, Nevada - Accused of murder for confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire, Wayne Burgarello walked out of a Nevada courthouse a free man after the jury found him not guilty of all charges in the latest of a series of cases nationally testing the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
- Judge rejects request to block Ore. county's GMO crop ban Updated: May-29-15 11:46 pm
MEDFORD, Oregon - A federal judge in southern Oregon on Friday rejected a request by two alfalfa farms to block Jackson County's ban on genetically engineered crops.
- Kansas governor signs bills on pensions, military benefits Updated: May-29-15 11:40 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - All veterans, active duty members of the U.S. military and their families will have access to in-state tuition at Kansas universities under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Sam Brownback.
- Key Kansas lawmaker denies being absent due to vacation Updated: May-29-15 11:38 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A key Kansas lawmaker who has been criticized for his weeklong absence says he was away on family business and was not paid during that time.
- Governor signs bills authorizing companies like Uber, Lyft Updated: May-29-15 11:10 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed two bills to regulate ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft in Nevada.
- California Senate offers 24-hour rides for drunken members Updated: May-29-15 10:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California senators too drunk to drive can turn to a 24-hour ride service funded by taxpayers, a local newspaper reports.
- Leaders: Connecticut budget vote possible on Monday Updated: May-29-15 10:47 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Democratic leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly say they're close to reaching a two-year budget deal with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
- House records show Schock reimbursed US $122,590 Updated: May-29-15 10:30 pm
CHICAGO - Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has reimbursed the U.S. government for the cost of auto mileage, office redecoration and a flight to Chicago Bears game.
- %headline(Panel votes to cut University of Wisconsin $250 million Updated: May-29-15 9:55 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget-writing committee voted Friday to cut the University of Wisconsin's budget by $250 million and eliminate tenure protections for faculty from state law - moves derided by Democrats who argued the changes would hurt both higher education and the state's economy.