State legislature

Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi, left, commissioner of the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, listens as Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, answers questions from Assistant Missouri Attorney General John Sauer on the second day of hearings between Planned Parenthood and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Wainwright State Office Building in St. Louis. At stake is whether Planned Parenthood will keep its abortion license. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
October 29, 2019 - 6:18 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's health department director on Tuesday said he tracked the menstrual cycles of Planned Parenthood patients as part of an effort to identify what the agency says were "failed abortions" at a St. Louis clinic. Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall...
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Akamine Kiarie, a college student, says working for Lyft as an independent contractor gives him the freedom to work when he wants and still be able to attend classes, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Kiarie supports a proposed ballot initiative by a group called Protect App-Based Drivers and Services that it will push a ballot initiative challenging a recently signed law that makes it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors. If approved by voters the initiative would guarantee that drivers remain independent contractors but also receive a minimum wage and money for health insurance. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 29, 2019 - 5:39 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some of the country's largest ride-sharing companies proposed a California law on Tuesday that would let them continue to treat drivers as independent contractors while also guaranteeing them a minimum wage and money for health insurance. The state Legislature enacted...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo Robert Murray, founder and chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., arrives at a news conference at the entrance to the Crandall Canyon Mine, in northwest of Huntington, Utah. Ohio-based Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Former CEO Robert Murray said the move was necessary to access liquidity and best position the company for long-term success. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 29, 2019 - 2:42 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major U.S. coal mining company is seeking bankruptcy protection, despite a flurry of regulatory breaks that its CEO pushed for — and received — from the Trump administration. Ohio-based Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday, joining a...
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October 29, 2019 - 12:56 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The military wants North Dakota and four other states with nuclear missile arsenals to consider introducing new rules aimed at preventing conflicts between wind turbines and helicopters that provide security at launch facilities. Department of Defense and Air Force officials...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, file photo, Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson review historical maps during The Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly, in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina judges on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain. (Corey Lowenstein/The News & Observer via AP, File)
October 28, 2019 - 11:27 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain. The panel of three...
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FILE - This Nov. 4, 2015, file photo, provided by the Ohio House of Representatives, shows Ohio state Rep. Niraj Antani, a Republican who represents Ohio's 42nd District. Conservatives in states including Wyoming, Utah and Ohio vowed Monday to keep pushing for state-level death-penalty repeal even as U.S. officials move toward resuming federal executions. "Even the chance of someone being put to death who could be innocent, I believe, for pro-life people across the country, is enough to oppose the death penalty," said Rep. Antani, of Miamisburg, Ohio. (Mike Elicson/Ohio House of Representatives via AP, File)
October 28, 2019 - 8:16 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Conservatives in states including Wyoming, Utah and Ohio vowed Monday to keep pushing for the repeal of state-level death penalty sentences, even as U.S. officials move toward resuming federal executions. The national group Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Rep. John Walker, D-Little Rock, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Walker, an Arkansas lawmaker and civil rights attorney who represented black students in a long-running court fight over the desegregation of Little Rock area schools, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. He was 82. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston File)
October 28, 2019 - 5:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — John Walker, an Arkansas lawmaker and civil rights attorney who represented black students in a long-running court fight over the desegregation of Little Rock area schools, has died. He was 82. The Pulaski County coroner said Walker died at his Little Rock home Monday...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor during session in Springfield, Ill. Arroyo, has been arrested on a federal public corruption charge, becoming another in a series of top state Democrats targeted over the past year by federal prosecutors. Arroyo appeared in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Prosecutors told a magistrate judge that the Chicago Democrat is accused of "offering an illicit payment to an official." (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
October 28, 2019 - 2:40 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A state lawmaker at the Illinois Capitol sought to bribe another state lawmaker, offering $2,500 a month in exchange for the senator's support of sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, made the offer on Aug. 2 and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., gives her concession speech during an election night rally in Greensboro, N.C. Hagan. Family of former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan issued a statement Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 that said Hagan died unexpectedly Monday morning. She was 66.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
October 28, 2019 - 1:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kay Hagan, a former bank executive who rose from a budget writer in the North Carolina Legislature to a seat in the U.S. Senate, died Monday following a prolonged illness. She was 66. Hagan died at her home in Greensboro, her family said in a statement. "We already miss her...
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FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 21, 2019 file photo State Senators Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, front left, Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, second from left, and Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington third from left, applaud a speech along with other ERA supporters in the gallery of the the House of Delegates at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Democrats hoping to seize control of the Virginia Legislature in the 2019 elections say passing the long-stalled Equal Rights Amendment will be a top priority next year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
October 26, 2019 - 8:36 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Carol Jenkins sees it, a nearly 100-year push to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is closer to reality now than it's ever been. That's why there's a "tremendous effort" underway to elect supporters of the long-stalled gender equality measure in...
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