State governments

In this Feb. 16, 2018, photo, Andy Cilek poses with a Tea Party shirt at his home in Eden Prairie, Minn. Cilek was one of two voters who defied elections officials after he was asked to cover up a tea-party shirt and button. A Minnesota law that bars voters from wearing political hats, T-shirts, buttons and other apparel to the polls is about to get a look from the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
February 28, 2018 - 12:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Minnesota law that bars residents from wearing political clothing at the polls is being debated at the Supreme Court. The law covers a range of apparel from Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hats to Democratic Party T-shirts and union buttons. Opponents say the law is...
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February 28, 2018 - 12:11 am
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren have come up with a 12-member panel that will oversee a proposed $50 million revitalization of the city's downtown. The fellow Democrats announced Tuesday that they've chosen a dozen community members to serve on the...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2017 file photo, Arizona state Sen. Debbie Lesko speaks in the Senate chambers in Phoenix. Two former Republican Arizona lawmakers who are leading candidates to fill a vacant U.S. House seat are embroiled in controversy as Tuesday's special primary election looms. Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko is under fire for transferring $50,000 from her old state Senate campaign fund to an independent group backing her congressional election bid. Former state Sen. Steve Montenegro reportedly received racy text messages from a Senate staffer who isn't his wife. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)
February 27, 2018 - 11:48 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona state senator accused of campaign finance irregularities jumped to an early lead in Tuesday's Republican primary to replace a U.S. congressman from Arizona who quit amid charges of sexual misconduct. If former state Sen. Debbie Lesko holds her lead, she becomes the...
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February 27, 2018 - 11:29 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The walkway leading onto the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is lined with flowers and photographs, memorials to the 17 students and teachers killed in a Valentine's Day massacre that forever altered their lives and thrust them into the center of the nation's...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2017 file photo, Arizona state Sen. Debbie Lesko speaks in the Senate chambers in Phoenix. Two former Republican Arizona lawmakers who are leading candidates to fill a vacant U.S. House seat are embroiled in controversy as Tuesday's special primary election looms. Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko is under fire for transferring $50,000 from her old state Senate campaign fund to an independent group backing her congressional election bid. Former state Sen. Steve Montenegro reportedly received racy text messages from a Senate staffer who isn't his wife. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)
February 27, 2018 - 11:19 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona state senator accused of campaign finance irregularities jumped to an early lead in Tuesday's Republican primary to replace a U.S. congressman from Arizona who quit amid charges of sexual misconduct last year. If former state Sen. Debbie Lesko holds her lead, she...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018 file photo, Colorado State Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, looks on as the Colorado House of Representatives convenes for the start of the 2018 session. Democratic House Majority Leader KC Becker said Tuesday, Feb. 27, that she will recommend that Lebsock be expelled after an independent investigator found sexual harassment complaints against him were credible. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 27, 2018 - 8:41 pm
DENVER (AP) — A lawmaker from Colorado accused of sexual misconduct could face an expulsion vote as early as Friday. Rep. Steve Lebsock, who represents a suburban Denver district, has been accused of sexually harassing a fellow legislator and four other women. He denies the allegations. House...
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice addresses at news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice announced that striking teachers would return to work on Thursday, and that he’s offering teachers and school service personnel a 5-percent pay increase in the first year. (AP Photo/John Raby)
February 27, 2018 - 7:48 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Striking teachers in West Virginia are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. Justice made the...
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice addresses at news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice announced that striking teachers would return to work on Thursday, and that he’s offering teachers and school service personnel a 5-percent pay increase in the first year. (AP Photo/John Raby)
February 27, 2018 - 7:29 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Striking teachers in West Virginia are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. Justice made the...
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice addresses at news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice announced that striking teachers would return to work on Thursday, and that he’s offering teachers and school service personnel a 5-percent pay increase in the first year. (AP Photo/John Raby)
February 27, 2018 - 7:18 pm
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Striking teachers in West Virginia will return to the classroom on Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice said in announcing he's offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year. Justice made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar listens during his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. Right in the midst of the Pyeongchang Games, with hardly enough time for Larry Nassar to settle into the prison cell where he'll be spending the rest of his life, we got another report detailing horrific abuse and shameful cover-ups within one of the most high-profile summer sports. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)
February 27, 2018 - 6:56 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan bill inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal that would retroactively extend the amount of time child victims of sexual abuse have to sue their abusers is drawing concerns from the Catholic Church, which has paid out billions of dollars to settle U.S. clergy abuse...
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