State governments

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, middle, smiles after signing into law a bill regarding distracted driving as he is joined by legislators, like bill sponsor Kate Brophy McGee, left, R-Phoenix, members of law enforcement and family members of victims of distracted drivers, during a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol Monday, April 22, 2019, in Phoenix. Arizona becomes the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban any hand-held phone use while driving. Officers can begin issuing warnings immediately and can write tickets in 2021. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 22, 2019 - 6:11 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the...
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Washington State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, walks off the House floor to attend a caucus meeting, Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee and other Democrats in Washington state are a criticizing Shea for appearing to support spying on political opponents, after The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of messaging chats involving Shea and three other men discussing the topic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 22, 2019 - 5:47 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents. The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats involving Republican Rep. Matt Shea,...
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Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane, speaks Tuesday, April 9, 2019, on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as lawmakers continued to work through the final month of the regular session of the Legislature. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 22, 2019 - 4:24 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents. The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats involving Republican Rep. Matt Shea,...
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In this April 9, 2019, photo, Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis and news director Cory Myers in the newsroom in Sioux Falls, S.D. In 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper came up with the idea of requesting data about the government’s food assistance program. They thought the information about the $65-billion dollar-a year program, previously known as food stamps, could lead to a series of stories and help them identify possible fraud. But the government didn’t provide everything the paper wanted. Trying to get the data has taken the paper more than eight years and landed the case at the Supreme Court. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
April 22, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday seemed inclined to rule against a South Dakota newspaper seeking data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. The high court was hearing arguments in a case originally brought by the Argus Leader newspaper, which...
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April 22, 2019 - 2:07 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal involving a defamation lawsuit that alleged a television station falsely labeled three siblings as "robbers." A Columbus family sued WBNS-TV in 2016 after the station reported on a robbery at a Columbus waterpark and...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., speaks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, about his vision for the future of U.S. foreign policy. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House. The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement on his website Monday April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 22, 2019 - 1:24 pm
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House. The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement Monday. "I'm here to tell you and to tell America that I'm running for president of the United States," Moulton said on ABC's "...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., speaks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, about his vision for the future of U.S. foreign policy. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House. The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement on his website Monday April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 22, 2019 - 7:54 am
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House. The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement Monday. "I'm here to tell you and to tell America that I'm running for president of the United States," Moulton said on ABC's "...
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April 22, 2019 - 6:13 am
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House. The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement on his website Monday. Moulton first came to prominence in 2014 when he unseated long-term incumbent Rep. John Tierney in a...
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April 22, 2019 - 5:58 am
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to run for the White House. The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement on his website Monday. The 40-year-old Moulton gained national attention for helping lead an effort within the party to reject Nancy Pelosi...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, right, takes the oath of office on the opening day of the 2017 legislative session at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Sen. Walsh has angered nurses by commenting in a speech that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals. The Olympian reports that state Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican, made the comments this week while debating a Senate bill that would require uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for nurses. Walsh wants an amendment that would exclude hospitals with fewer than 25 beds. A Washington State Nurses Association blog about the comments drew so many readers Friday, April 19, 2019, that the site crashed. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
April 20, 2019 - 7:32 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses and spawned a flurry of viral hashtags and memes on social media by saying that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in small, rural hospitals. State Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican representing College Place,...
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