By Astrid Galvan | 04/09/14 08:37 AM
A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday issued an injunction blocking new Arizona abortion restrictions that are considered the most stringent in the nation, saying women likely would suffer irreparable harm if the rules are allowed to take effect.
By Ann Sanner | 04/09/14 08:36 AM
A Republican-dominated state legislative panel on Tuesday approved a midterm budget bill that would send more money to family and children services and bolster efforts to combat drug abuse.
By John O'Connor | 04/09/14 08:33 AM
State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.
By Associated Press | 04/09/14 08:31 AM
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his plan to overhaul two city pension funds may be difficult to swallow, but will be worth it.
By Associated Press | 04/08/14 03:41 PM
Stocks are closing higher as the market stabilizes after a three-day slump. Technology stocks rose after taking a beating over the past week.
By Erika Niedowski | 04/07/14 11:29 AM
A proposed settlement that would have ended the legal fight over Rhode Island's 2011 landmark pension overhaul, which has been a model for other states looking to rein in runaway pension costs, was rejected by one of the groups voting on it, officials announced Monday. The parties were ordered...
By Melinda Deslatte | 04/07/14 11:27 AM
Higher education leaders urged lawmakers Monday to maintain Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan for a new $40 million incentive fund to steer money to high-demand degree and job training programs.
By Brian Witte | 04/07/14 11:23 AM
The House of Delegates voted 87-47 Monday to give final approval to increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January.
By Jim Shur | 04/07/14 09:20 AM
Illinois' biggest maximum-security prison remained on lockdown for a second day Saturday after corrections officers uncovered an inmate cache of more than a dozen crude weapons, gallons of homemade alcohol and hoards of juice and sugar used to make the liquor.
By Fenit Nirappil | 04/07/14 09:14 AM
A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.
By Associated Press | 04/07/14 08:59 AM
State lawmakers are moving to tighten rules on a cash assistance program for the poor in response to an audit that raised questions about whether hundreds of Missouri welfare recipients are living out of state. While strengthening some standards, however, lawmakers are proposing to loosen...
By John Hanna | 04/07/14 08:49 AM
The Kansas Legislature on Sunday narrowly backed a plan that would boost funding to poor school districts while eliminating tenure for teachers.
By Bill Barrow | 04/07/14 08:47 AM
Republicans can't seem to reach an official party line this election year on the old Washington custom of using the federal budget to benefit the folks back home.
By Associated Press | 04/07/14 08:46 AM
New Hampshire's U.S. senators want more money to go toward the Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2015. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte say the administration's budget proposal requests $2.8 billion for the program. That's a $600 million decrease from Fiscal Year...
By Associated Press | 04/07/14 08:44 AM
Legislative leaders are hoping to adopt Tennessee's annual spending plan as early as this week, clearing the way to the conclusion of the legislative session.
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