- New Jersey lawmakers taking time off, problems staying put Updated: Sep-05-15 8:46 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - With the full Legislature not meeting again until after this November's election and Gov. Chris Christie often out of state in his White House bid, New Jersey's problems are piling up.
- Only a handful of questions likely to reach 2016 voters Updated: Sep-05-15 8:29 am
BOSTON - If history is a guide, Attorney General Maura Healey's ruling that 22 initiative petitions can move forward doesn't mean that anywhere close to that number will actually appear on next year's Massachusetts ballot.
- Ala starts voluntary tax program for online sellers Updated: Sep-05-15 5:32 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Revenue Department is providing a way for online sellers to pay sales taxes.
- Oregon judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages Updated: Sep-05-15 3:11 am
SALEM, Oregon - Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a spokesman for the judge said.
- Jailed clerk vows not to back down, no resolution in sight Updated: Sep-05-15 2:51 am
GRAYSON, Kentucky - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will spend Labor Day weekend in isolation at the Carter County Detention Center with her Bible and her clear conscience.
- Lawmakers back 'Yes means Yes' training for high schools Updated: Sep-04-15 10:59 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a "Yes means Yes" bill that backers said would make California the first to bring the sexual assault training to high schools.
- Hawaii lawmakers call for more action on sweltering schools Updated: Sep-04-15 9:54 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are calling on the Department of Education to take more action to cool Hawaii's sweltering schools.
- Attorney General Kane argues against law license suspension Updated: Sep-04-15 7:50 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane argued to the state's highest court Friday that suspending her law license while she fights criminal charges would violate her constitutional right to due process.
- Brownback says Kansas public pension system on right track Updated: Sep-04-15 7:38 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Gov. Sam Brownback is satisfied that Kansas' public pension system is on a solid financial footing, though he said Friday that he's still open to big changes such as creating a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.
- Judge: Injunction against water rule limited to 13 states Updated: Sep-04-15 7:09 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A federal judge in North Dakota said Friday that his injunction blocking a new Obama administration rule aimed at regulating some small waterways applies only to the 13 states that sued to block it, and not nationwide.
- Baton Rouge-New Orleans rail supported by governor hopefuls Updated: Sep-04-15 7:08 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Commitments to seek funding for commuter rail service linking Baton Rouge, New Orleans and points in between marked a Friday forum in which questioners from area business development groups sought answers on infrastructure and the state's annual fiscal mess.
- Lawmakers cited for making out pay fines but dispute report Updated: Sep-04-15 7:07 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The two Minnesota lawmakers cited for allegedly "making out" in a car at a regional park said they paid their fines Friday and would not file a complaint with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, but stood by their contention that the park ranger's account was wrong.
- Oklahoma leaders bracing for another steep budget shortfall Updated: Sep-04-15 7:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - With oil prices hovering below $50 a barrel and an income tax cut scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, Oklahoma's already bleak budget outlook for the upcoming fiscal year is likely to take a turn for the worse.
- McGinty getting backing from top Pittsburgh-area Democrats Updated: Sep-04-15 6:40 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Katie McGinty's campaign says she'll have the backing of top Pittsburgh-area Democrats in her campaign for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
- Indiana veterans returning home face dearth of services Updated: Sep-04-15 6:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has a large number of veterans who are returning home as the Army thins its ranks and winds down overseas engagements, placing more demand on a network of veterans' services that is already stretched thin.
- Martinez: Trump's criticism of Bush's Spanish a distraction Updated: Sep-04-15 6:20 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's criticism of rival Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish is a distraction.
- Hogan outlines across-the-board agency cuts Updated: Sep-04-15 6:05 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan has outlined the specifics in his cost-savings plan to cut 2 percent from state agencies across the board, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Friday outlining the specifics.
- Senate shifts to outlaw microbeads in personal care items Updated: Sep-04-15 5:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Senators voted Friday to phase out the use of microscopic beads in personal care products sold in California starting in 2020 years to protect fish and wildlife, reversing the chamber's earlier opposition.
- Political world waits on theater shooting DA's decision Updated: Sep-04-15 5:40 pm
DENVER - Colorado's political world is waiting on George Brauchler.
- Supreme Court orders judge to sort out dispute over new maps Updated: Sep-04-15 5:34 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ordered a trial judge to help the state resolve the jumbled mess that now surrounds the state's political landscape.
- Connecticut DMV chief: Progress being made with long lines Updated: Sep-04-15 5:17 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - While progress is being made to tackle a customer backlog and long lines at state Department of Motor Vehicles branches following a major computer overhaul, the commissioner warned Friday that lengthy waits could resume next week.
- Farm pollution settlement seen as blueprint for lake cleanup Updated: Sep-04-15 5:17 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and an environmental group announced Friday their blueprint for reducing farm pollution flowing into Lake Champlain, a plan they put in the form of a signed agreement to settle the group's lawsuit.
- Democrat drops Covered California waiver for immigrants Updated: Sep-04-15 5:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A Democratic state lawmaker on Friday dropped his effort to allow people who are in the country illegally to buy private insurance through the state's health insurance marketplace.
- Education board nominee has federal, state policy background Updated: Sep-04-15 5:10 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A businessman nominated to the Mississippi Board of Education on Friday has already worked on creating public school policies on the federal and state levels.
- New Mexico State Police to step up Labor Day patrols Updated: Sep-04-15 5:08 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - State police will step up patrols to catch would-be drunk drivers and officers will have no tolerance for dangerous drivers during the expected busy Labor Day weekend, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday