State governments

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring attends a news conference in Washington. Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats, according to a ruling Monday, June 17, 2019 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, called the ruling a “big win for democracy in Virginia.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 17, 2019 - 12:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats, according to a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The political boundaries are important because Republicans currently control the House with a 51-49 majority. Only...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, holds a news conference about film incentives with Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, D-Santa Fe, second from left, and others in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico's film industry appears to be on the brink of a boom thanks to abortion law controversies in other states and expanded incentives. The Albuquerque Journal reports a recent rise in film productions in the state as Hollywood targets Georgia and Louisiana over recently passed restrictive abortion laws. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
June 15, 2019 - 8:34 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's film industry appears to be on the brink of a boom thanks to abortion law controversies in other states and expanded incentives. A recent spike in film production in the state comes as Hollywood targets both Georgia and Louisiana over recently passed restrictive...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017, file photo, worshippers attend Sunday Mass at Blessed Diego de San Vitores Church in Tumon, Guam. No doctors are willing to perform abortions in the U.S. territory of Guam, and the island's first female governor is concerned about the fallout. Gov. Lourdes Leon Guerrero fears women will seek illegal or dangerous alternatives after the last abortion provider retired last year. Abortion is legal in the heavily Catholic Pacific island, but doctors can deny services unless it's a medical emergency.(AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa, File)
June 15, 2019 - 6:50 pm
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Catholic group has protested the governor of Guam's plan to recruit abortion providers to the U.S. territory where no doctors are currently willing to terminate pregnancies. Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's recruitment idea has drawn criticism and support from residents, the Pacific...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, listens to testimony at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Authorities on Friday, June 14, 2019, said they've arrested an Arkansas woman in connection with the killing of former state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, who was found dead outside her own home, on June 4. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
June 15, 2019 - 2:43 pm
The family of a former Arkansas state senator who was found dead outside of her home says they are "sickened and upset" by the thought that one of her friends could have been involved in her killing. Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, of Pocahontas, in...
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Oklahoma state Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, listens to a question during an interview in her office Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Hicks is a Democrat and former elementary school teacher who won what had been a Republican-held seat in northwest Oklahoma City last November. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
June 15, 2019 - 10:50 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Teachers who staged successful walkouts to demand better pay and public school funding in several states last year are showing they're intent on staying politically engaged. Teacher unions in Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky and West Virginia report increases in membership, and many...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, listens to testimony at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Authorities on Friday, June 14, 2019, said they've arrested an Arkansas woman in connection with the killing of former state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, who was found dead outside her own home, on June 4. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
June 14, 2019 - 10:02 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities on Friday night said they've arrested an Arkansas woman in connection with the killing of a former state senator who was found dead outside her own home. Arkansas State Police said they and Randolph County sheriff's deputies arrested 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'...
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, left, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Ontario's Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Rod Phillips, leave a press conference after sharing highlights of their 2019 Leadership Summit at the Discovery World, Friday, June 14, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wis. (Angela Peterson/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 7:06 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Great Lakes regional leaders will meet next month to consider a federal strategy for preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan and discuss helping foot the bill for the pricey project, officials said Friday. Representatives of the eight states and two Canadian...
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Dr. Carlos Reyes-Sacin, left, shows CDC director Robert Redfield inside a telemedicine room at the Medical Advocacy and Outreach clinic in Montgomery, Ala. on Friday, June 14, 2019. (Jake Crandall/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 6:07 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As the federal government prepares to launch an ambitious initiative to end the HIV epidemic, the director of the Centers for Disease Control on Friday applauded an Alabama HIV clinic's commitment to providing health services to rural communities. Director Robert Redfield...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2019 file photo, Jumaane Williams, Public Advocate for the City of New York, center, speaks with tenants and members of the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance from across the state, demanding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators pass universal rent control legislation during a protest rally at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. New York's legislature is expected to pass legislation renewing and expanding rules that make it hard for landlords to raise the rent on nearly a million homes in and around New York City. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
June 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than one million apartment dwellers in and around New York City are getting new protections against big rent increases under a landmark tenants' rights bill signed into law Friday. The measure, which passed the Democrat-controlled Senate and Assembly Friday afternoon and...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 31, 2019, file photo White House press secretary Sarah Sanders talks to reporters outside the White House in Washington. The possibility that Sanders may run for governor in her home state of Arkansas is shaking up a race that's three years away but had already been expected to be a crowded and expensive fight among Republicans. President Donald Trump encouraged Sanders to run for governor when he announced her departure as press secretary on Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
June 14, 2019 - 5:40 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Long before she became the spokeswoman for the Trump administration, Sarah Sanders was a well-known figure in Arkansas who appeared in campaign ads for her dad and learned about the state's rough-and-tumble politics by working on his campaign and others. Now, speculation...
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