State governments

Kansas state Rep. Susan Humphries, right, R-Wichita, talks to Tom Witt, left, executive director of the LGBT-rights group Equality Kansas at the rail of rotunda on the third floor of the Statehouse, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Topeka, Kan. Humphries is the leading supporter of a bill that would grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that won't place children in LGBT homes, while Witt is a vocal opponent. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
May 04, 2018 - 2:58 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State lawmakers in Oklahoma and Kansas have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes. Supporters of such measures argued that the core issue is protecting a group's...
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In this April 30, 2018, photo, Jena Jones, Director of the Short Creek Dream Center, guides a tour through the renovated facility, formally the home of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. The sprawling house surrounded by towering brick walls has been converted into a sober living center by Evangelical missionaries, the latest sign of the group’s dwindling control of the small community on the Utah-Arizona border. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)
May 04, 2018 - 2:19 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sprawling 44-bedroom house surrounded by towering brick walls that was the home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been converted into a sober living center by Evangelical missionaries. It's the latest sign of his group's dwindling control of the small...
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May 04, 2018 - 12:46 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has faced multiple investigations on a variety of issues, including allegations of sexual misconduct, misusing charity resources for political purposes and ignoring open-records requirements. The first-term Republican governor has acknowledged...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks at a news conference about allegations related to his extramarital affair with his hairdresser, in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri House Democrats are demanding that the Republican leadership launch immediate impeachment proceedings against Greitens, accusing Republicans of stalling. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
May 04, 2018 - 12:44 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers will convene in an historic special session later this month to consider impeaching Republican Gov. Eric Greitens following allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of charity resources for his political campaign. Republican House and Senate leaders...
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May 04, 2018 - 12:42 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are to meet in a special session starting May 18 to consider whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to try to remove him from office. That comes as Greitens faces felony charges in two cases. One charge accuses...
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May 03, 2018 - 10:48 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are to meet in a special session starting May 18 to consider whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to try to remove him from office. That comes as Greitens faces felony charges in two cases. One charge accuses...
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Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson speaks inside the Senate Chambers in Columbia, S.C., Thursday, May 3, 2018 about the abortion ban proposal which would only allow abortions in cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life is at risk. (AP Photo/Christina L. Myers)
May 03, 2018 - 10:15 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate debated Thursday whether to ban nearly all abortions in the state, a surprise move suggested by a Democrat who has long fought abortion restrictions. Sen. Brad Hutto told Republicans if the bill passed he was going to give them what they wanted — the...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks at a news conference about allegations related to his extramarital affair with his hairdresser, in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri House Democrats are demanding that the Republican leadership launch immediate impeachment proceedings against Greitens, accusing Republicans of stalling. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
May 03, 2018 - 10:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a historic move, Missouri lawmakers announced Thursday that they are calling themselves into a special session later this month to consider impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens following allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of charity resources for his political...
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With the Arizona Capitol in the background, thousands of teachers continue to protest Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Phoenix. After an all night legislative budget session the legislature passed the new education spending portion of the budget and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed that part of the budget. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 03, 2018 - 10:00 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona governor signed a plan Thursday to give striking teachers a 20 percent pay raise, ending their six-day walkout after a dramatic all-night legislative session and sending a majority of the state's 1 million public school students back to the classroom. Gov. Doug Ducey's...
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With the Arizona Capitol in the background, thousands of teachers continue to protest Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Phoenix. After an all night legislative budget session the legislature passed the new education spending portion of the budget and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed that part of the budget. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 03, 2018 - 9:38 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona governor signed a plan Thursday to give striking teachers a 20 percent pay raise, ending their six-day walkout after a dramatic all-night legislative session and sending a majority of the state's 1 million public school students back to the classroom. Gov. Doug Ducey's...
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