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Teachers and school personnel celebrate after the state Senate approved a bill to increase state employee pay by 5 percent at the capitol in Charleston, W.Va., on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. The lawmakers unanimously approved the pay raises for teachers and troopers, after the governor reached a deal to end a teacher walkout that shuttered the state's schools for nine days. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
March 06, 2018 - 4:57 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a statewide teachers strike in West Virginia (all times local): 3:50 p.m. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill to give teachers in the state a raise, ending a statewide teacher walkout that lasted nine days. Justice spoke at a Tuesday afternoon news...
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Teachers celebrate after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans announced they reached a tentative deal to end a statewide teachers' strike by giving them 5 percent raises in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
March 06, 2018 - 1:56 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a statewide teachers strike in West Virginia (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Some West Virginia counties are reopening schools after the Legislature passed a 5 percent pay raise for teachers and others in a deal to end a statewide walkout that closed schools for...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md. DeVos has given state education chiefs some "tough love" as she pushed them to innovate and do better by students. Speaking March 5, 2018, at a conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers, DeVos blasted some schools for exposing children to rats, mold and danger. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
March 05, 2018 - 6:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has given state education chiefs some "tough love" as she pushed them to innovate and do better by students. Speaking Monday at a conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers, DeVos blasted some schools for exposing children to rats,...
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March 05, 2018 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has given state education chiefs some "tough love" as she pushed them to innovate and do better by students. Speaking Monday at a conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers, DeVos blasted some schools for exposing children to rats,...
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March 05, 2018 - 12:20 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday approved Arkansas' plan to require thousands of people on its Medicaid expansion to work or volunteer, making Arkansas the third state allowed to impose such restrictions on coverage for the poor. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that the...
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Military delegates arrive for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People ahead of Monday's opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 4, 2018. China has no desire to overturn the existing international order and its increasingly powerful military does not constitute a threat to others, the spokesman for the country's ceremonial legislature said Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
March 05, 2018 - 1:35 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's defense budget will rise 8.1 percent to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion) this year as the country prepares to launch its second aircraft carrier, integrate stealth fighters into its air force and field an array of advanced missiles able to attack air and sea targets at vast...
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Military delegates arrive for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People ahead of Monday's opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 4, 2018. China has no desire to overturn the existing international order and its increasingly powerful military does not constitute a threat to others, the spokesman for the country's ceremonial legislature said Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
March 04, 2018 - 8:08 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China's finance ministry says the country's defense budget this year will rise 8 percent to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion). The figure released in a report Monday to the National People's Congress is an increase from last year, when ministry officials told the Associated Press the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks before signing the first executive order of his administration in Trenton, N.J. Democratic officials in some high-tax states are pushing legislation that would retain a federal tax break for state and local taxes, a deduction that was capped in the recent GOP tax overhaul. Murphy’s office describes the push for a work-around to the new cap on local taxes as a matter of fairness, especially if many of the federal tax breaks expire as scheduled in 2027. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
March 04, 2018 - 11:30 am
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Resistance to the Republican tax overhaul comes with an ideological twist for some Democratic state officials: They've styled themselves as champions of the working class but are pushing hard for measures that would reduce taxes mostly for the wealthy. Democratic governors...
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Zhang Yesui, a spokesman for the National People's Congress, arrive for a press conference on the eve of the annual legislature opening session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
March 04, 2018 - 7:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has no desire to overturn the existing international order and its increasingly powerful military does not constitute a threat to others, the spokesman for the country's ceremonial legislature said Sunday. However, in a break with recent practice, Zhang Yesui refused to provide...
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March 03, 2018 - 8:54 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament has approved this year's budget of about 104 trillion Iraqi dinars, or nearly $88 billion. A statement says the budget, which was approved on Saturday, will run with a deficit of 12.5 trillion dinars, or about $10.58 billion. It adds that the budget is based on a...
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