State governments

Theresa Smith, right, the mother of Caesar Cruz, who was killed in a confrontation with police, wipes her eyes after testifying against a police-backed law enforcement training bill by state Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, during a hearing at the Capitol Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Lawmakers worked to find common ground between law enforcement organizations, which support Caballero's bill and reformers supporting a competing measure, by Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, that would adopt the first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 23, 2019 - 9:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers worked to find common ground Tuesday between law enforcement groups and reformers intent on adopting first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police. A state Senate committee tied a police-backed measure requiring more...
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Theresa Smith, right, the mother of Caesar Cruz, who was killed in a confrontation with police, wipes her eyes after testifying against a police-backed law enforcement training bill by state Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, during a hearing at the Capitol Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Lawmakers worked to find common ground between law enforcement organizations, which support Caballero's bill and reformers supporting a competing measure, by Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, that would adopt the first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 23, 2019 - 8:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers worked to find common ground Tuesday between law enforcement groups and reformers intent on adopting first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police. A state Senate committee tied together a police-backed measure requiring...
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April 23, 2019 - 8:01 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain. The vote comes as the number of measles cases nationwide this...
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April 23, 2019 - 7:53 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to removes parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain. The vote comes as the number of measles cases nationwide this...
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Lucille Brien plays a video poker machine at the Monte Bar and Casino in Billings, Montana, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Montana, Iowa and Indiana are poised to be the first states to legalize sports betting this year, almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ended Nevada's monopoly. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
April 23, 2019 - 6:32 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of states allowing sports betting is poised to expand. Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports, while Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to approve their own version as early as Wednesday. Barring a veto, they...
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Lucille Brien plays a video poker machine at the Monte Bar and Casino in Billings, Montana, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Montana, Iowa and Indiana are poised to be the first states to legalize sports betting this year, almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ended Nevada's monopoly. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
April 23, 2019 - 5:59 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of states allowing sports betting is poised to expand. Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports, while Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to approve their own version as early as Wednesday. Barring a veto, they...
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April 23, 2019 - 5:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday grappled with a Wisconsin law that allows law enforcement to draw blood without a warrant from suspected drunken drivers who have become unconscious. More than two dozen states have similar laws, which say that by choosing to drive, motorists consent...
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Iowa Rep. Andy McKean, right, the longest serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature says he's becoming a Democrat during a news conference at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. McKean announced his decision Tuesday, saying one important factor was the presidency of Republican Donald Trump. McKean says he can't support Trump, and if his behavior and leadership is the new normal, "I want no part of it." McKean says he'll register as a Democrat this week and plans to seek re-election as a Democrat in 2020. Listening to McKean from left are, House Minority Whip Rep. Jo Oldson, and House Democratic Leader Rep. Todd Prichard. (AP Photo/David Pitt)
April 23, 2019 - 4:14 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The longest serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature announced Tuesday that he's becoming a Democrat, saying he didn't want to remain in a party led by President Donald Trump. Rep. Andy McKean said he made his choice after returning to the Legislature after years away from...
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April 23, 2019 - 4:12 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers have tabled the latest bill to boost the lowest-in-the-nation salary for Maine's next governor. The bill would boost the annual salary from $70,000 to $150,000 beginning January 2023. The Legislature's state and local government committee tabled the proposal Monday...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2012 file photo, Dr. Leana Wen stands in the emergency department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, during her medical residency. Wen spoke out Tuesday, April, 23 2019, against a proposed rule by President Donald Trump to prohibit family planning clinics funded by the federal program called Title X from making abortion referrals. It's set to take effect next week. She says states are a "critical backstop" during the Trump-Pence administration. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 23, 2019 - 3:55 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It's time for states with leaders who support abortion rights to go on the offensive against Trump administration attempts to restrict abortion that would reduce access to health care, the president of Planned Parenthood said Tuesday. "States are a critical backstop at a time...
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