State governments

FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, center, addresses reporters outside his state Capitol office in Springfield, Ill. For years, Rauner has been ubiquitous on all things related to the Illinois budget. Not this year. Lawmakers whisked through a $38.5 billion spending plan this week with barely a mention of the Republican governor's name. Gone were the demands for business-friendly structural changes in exchange for budget which forced a historic stalemate for his first 2 and a half years in office. (AP Photo/John O'Connor File)
June 01, 2018 - 11:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' new state budget relies on more than $400 million in savings from a new pension buyout plan that finance experts caution is highly speculative and may not save as much money as lawmakers say. The budget sailed through the Legislature this week on a bipartisan vote, and...
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A moving van is seen parked outside the governor's mansion in Jefferson City, Mo., Friday, June 1, 2018. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is resigning Friday afternoon and Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Parson is to be sworn in shortly thereafter in the governor's office. Greitens' resignation is part of a deal with a St. Louis prosecutor to drop a felony charge alleging misuse of a charity donor list to raise money for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign. (AP Photo/Blake Nelson)
June 01, 2018 - 7:34 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just hours before he left office Friday, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed scores of new laws, including a measure that makes it a crime to try to threaten a person using a private sexual image — the same allegation that led to his downfall. In the flurry of last-minute...
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A moving van is seen parked outside the governor's mansion in Jefferson City, Mo., Friday, June 1, 2018. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is resigning Friday afternoon and Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Parson is to be sworn in shortly thereafter in the governor's office. Greitens' resignation is part of a deal with a St. Louis prosecutor to drop a felony charge alleging misuse of a charity donor list to raise money for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign. (AP Photo/Blake Nelson)
June 01, 2018 - 5:43 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hours before he was to leave office, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Friday signed scores of new laws, including a measure that makes it a crime to try to threaten a person using a private sexual image — the same allegation that led to his downfall. In the flurry of last-...
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June 01, 2018 - 4:53 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's members of Congress are urging President Donald Trump's administration not to place tariffs on seafood imports from China because they fear such a move would jeopardize the state's valuable lobster industry. Maine's Congressional delegation of independent Sen. Angus...
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June 01, 2018 - 3:54 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that an all-male church board's characterization of female congregants who were pressured into sex with the pastor as sinning "adulteresses" who gave into "temptation" was constitutionally protected religious speech. The court held that...
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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens reads from a prepared statement as he announces his resignation during a news conference, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the state Capitol, in Jefferson City, Mo. Greitens resigned amid a widening investigation that arose from an affair with his former hairdresser. Greitens said his resignation would take effect Friday. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP)
June 01, 2018 - 1:40 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri prepared to swap out its top elected leader Friday, replacing a scandal-plagued governor who had faced potential impeachment with a lieutenant governor whose first objective will be to bring an end to months of political drama. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 file photo, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Across televisions in Orange County, a flashy ad slams Chavez for supporting a California climate change program and a massive state budget. But it's not one of Chavez's Republican rivals excoriating him for siding with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, it's Democrats. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)
June 01, 2018 - 1:39 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Across televisions in Orange County, a flashy ad slams GOP congressional candidate Rocky Chavez for supporting a California climate change program and a massive state budget. But it's not one of Chavez's Republican rivals who's criticizing him for siding on issues with...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 file photo, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Across televisions in Orange County, a flashy ad slams Chavez for supporting a California climate change program and a massive state budget. But it's not one of Chavez's Republican rivals excoriating him for siding with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, it's Democrats. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)
June 01, 2018 - 1:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's "jungle primary" is setting off a scramble by both parties to ensure they're not left behind in Tuesday's contests. The system sends the two highest vote-getters, regardless of party, to the general election. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are guaranteed a...
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June 01, 2018 - 11:13 am
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is willing to pay new residents who work remotely for an out-of-state employer — all in an effort to increase its population. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed into law a bill that will pay those new residents up to $10,000, in an effort to attract younger people to...
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June 01, 2018 - 1:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New York state officials say the owner of an air conditioning company poisoned a family with potentially deadly mercury because he was tired of their complaints. The Queens District Attorney's Office says A+HVAC and Kitchen Corporation owner Yuriy Kruk was hired by Roman Pinkhasov...
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